Defending those who defend others
  • SUNDAY 24TH JAN 2021
  • 18:30PM UK TIME


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What This Is About ...

The 24th of January marks the annual day of the endangered lawyer. This is a day that sheds light on all the challenges faced by those that serve the justice system with integrity, at times challenging the corruption within the very institutions and establishments they serve. 

Lawyers in their professional capacity, and from an ethical standpoint, should be able to practice their duty to uphold justice without intimidation, harassment and interference. 

Today we are seeing an increase in populist politics, where intimidating tactics are being deployed against the justice system by governments eager to cling to power. 

This is not only making it more difficult for society to challenge oppressive laws but on a deeper level, it is tearing at the pillars of justice.

Join CAGE for this exclusive legal seminar as we mark this day with an expert panel whose experiences span across the world and are known for their courageous practice. As we witness an increasing erosion of the rule of law, our panel will discuss the role lawyers play in upholding justice.


Stanley Cohen

Stanley Cohen is a US-based attorney and human rights activist who has done extensive work in the Middle East and Africa. He has handled prominent international cases including that of Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook. He has served as a consultant to Middle East governments and movements including Hamas and Hezbollah and NGOs and foundations in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Gareth Peirce

Gareth Peirce is a senior partner at Birnberg Peirce and Partners, she represented Shaker Aamer as his solicitor. In 30 years as a lawyer she has represented the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six; the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead at Stockwell tube station in a bungled terrorism raid; and CAGE outreach Director Moazzam Begg, who was detained in Guantánamo Bay.

Clive Stafford Smith

Clive Stafford Smith is a Human rights lawyer and director of legal charity reprieve. In 2001, when the US military base at Guantánamo Bay was pressed into service, Clive joined two other lawyers to sue for access to the prisoners there. He believed the camp to be an affront to democracy and the rule of law. His ultimate goal is to close it and restore to the US and its allies their legitimacy as champions of human rights.To date, Clive has helped secure the release of more than 60 prisoners from Guantánamo (including every British prisoner) and still acts for 17 more.

Feroze Boda

Feroze Boda is currently senior counsel practicing in South Africa. He was admitted to practise as an advocate in 1996 and has lectured part time at the university of Witwatersrand and continues to assist lecturing masters students doing labour law. He has been involved in human rights work as part of Cage South Africa and the Muslim lawyers association that have initiated various war crimes investigations against Tzipi livni, Shemon Peres, Sisi , Modi, Bush and Obama.

Habeel Iqbal

Habeel Iqbal has worked on cases relating to human rights violations in Kashmir. He is also working with an organisation that supports the parents of missing persons. Last year Habeel Iqbal was summoned by the Srinagar Police as it intensified its “investigation” into Kashmiris expressing their views on a judgement by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court continuing the detention of senior advocate and Bar Association President, Mian Abdul Qayoom.

Fahad Ansari

Fahad Ansari is an Immigration and Human Rights Solicitor, Writer, Activist. He has also authored a number of articles and reports on international human rights, social discrimination and anti-terrorism legislation to mainstream papers and policy makers. He most recently contributed to the book “I refuse to condemn” in a powerful essay titled ‘the struggle of a Muslim, terror suspect lawyer’.

Michael Finucane

Michael Finucane is a solicitor in Dublin, Ireland, a human rights activist and a commissioner of the Irish human rights and equality commission. He is also the son of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. Pat’s family have campaigned for over 31 years and they continue their fight for the truth despite the efforts of the British government to cover up their own crimes.
“The fact people who colluded to encourage and facilitate my father's murder have never had to account publicly for their actions is nothing short of scandalous.”
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