This event will take place at 9 am in the Philippines on Saturday, Oct. 3 (3 am on Saturday, Oct. 3 for central Europe/central Africa; 9 pm on Friday, Oct. 2 for Eastern time; 6 pm on Friday, Oct. 2 Pacific time). To attend the event, please register in advance at Several IADL Bureau Members, including Suzanne Adely, President-Elect of the National Lawyers Guild (U.S.) and Max Boqwana, President of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL), South Africa, will join the program.

Organized by the National Union of People’s Lawyers of the Philippines and the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, this webinar aims to shed light on lawyers’ duties amid the pandemic. The webinar will also be livestreamed on the NUPL Facebook page at:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw a rise not only in the number of afflictions with the coronavirus, but also in violations of human rights all over the world. Thus, despite varying degrees of lockdowns and quarantines, lawyers became a species of frontliners whose services are considered essential, especially in authoritarian states.

Speakers include:

Diego Garcia-Sayan, UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

Baroness Helena Kennedy, Director, International Bar Association, Human Rights Institute

Suzanne Adely, President-Elect, National Lawyers Guild, USA

Niloufer Bhagwat, Vice President, Indian Association of Lawyers

Maria Sol Taule, Legal Counsel, Karapatan, NUPL

Max Boqwana, President, NADEL South Africa (National Assocation of Democratic Lawyers)



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