Spotlight on the Human Rights Monitoring Group

Posted: 01/18/2017

Human Rights Monitoring GroupThe Law Society established the Human Rights Monitoring Group in 2006 as part of its mandate to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law.

This group of benchers appointed by Convocation is responsible for monitoring human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary, in Canada and abroad, as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties.

They work with reputable human rights organizations like Lawyers Rights Watch, Amnesty International Human Rights Watch, and Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights to determine whether matters require a response from the Law Society.

Since the establishment of this group, the Law Society has intervened in over 100 matters in more than 40 countries around the world.

In 2014, they also released a report titled Facilitating International Access to Justice through Intervention.