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Professional legal ethics and responsibility in protecting civil rights

January 1995 - January 1995

Currently, investigatory agencies and courts regularly request that lawyers provide information containing professional secrecy, e.g. agreements concluded between lawyers and their clients. It is also known as common practice when lawyers are called to give testimony on cases where they previously represented defendants. According to Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin, this harmful tendency endangers the constitutional right of citizens to remedy in criminal proceedings and undermines their trust in justice.

Under this project, we anticipate the following outputs:

  •  Lawyers from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region will have exchanged experience and views on the problem and agree on best practices for the future. 
  • Recommendations for practicing lawyers will be formulated and made accessible via the Internet.
  • The analysis of the situation will be made and the report will be sent to investigatory agencies and courts to raise their awareness and improve mutual confidence and cooperation.
  • General public will be informed about the issue of professional legal responsibility through publication of the Project material on the Internet.


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