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Access to an independent lawyer is a requirement for the adequate protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights. Bars and professional lawyers’ associations must be the custodians both of the independence of lawyers as well as that of the association itself.

How has the legal profession organised itself to meet these obligations.


At the end of May 2016, the President of the Malaysian Bar, Mr. Stephen Thiru, indicated that the government of Malaysia proposed several changes to the Legal Profession Act of 1976 (the “LPA”). The proposed amendments are scheduled to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat during the next Parliamentary session from October to November 2016. President Thiru alerted to the potential dangers these amendments posed to the independence of the Bar.  Among the proposed changes:




The International Criminal Court is tasked with judging the gravest of crimes.
It must perform its duty in an exemplary manner, notably with respect to the rights of the defence.

The bar associations and international associations of lawyers express strong reservations about the creation of an association illegitimately named “International Criminal Court Bar Association.”

This association :