August 26, 2020

ABA Marks 30th Anniversary of UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers

The American Bar Association is proud to join lawyers around the world to mark the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, adopted Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, 1990. The ABA recognizes the Basic Principles for underscoring the fundamental role of an independent, diverse and inclusive legal profession and organized bar to ensure fair adjudication for all, competent and ethical representation of clients, equal access to criminal and civil justice, and dedication to human rights. The ABA and its practice groups and committees across the association have consistently championed values enshrined in the Basic Principles. Our work is critically important as lawyers around the world continue to face threats, harassment, and intimidation for protecting these values. Moreover, as the 30th anniversary of the Basic Principles coincides with the civil rights movement of our time, the legal profession must intensify efforts to ensure justice for Black people and other people of color whom our laws and institutions have failed or oppressed.