Published: 19 Apr 2018
| By Celia Boyon
Hajibeyli and Aliyev v Azerbaijan
Case Nos. 6477/08 and 10414/08
Date of Judgment: 19 April 2018
The applicants, Annagi Hajibeyli and Intigam Aliyev, are both prominent lawyers and civil society activists in Azerbaijan, who have made statements and published articles in the media criticising the legal profession in the country. Following reforms to the legal profession in 1999, only members of the Azerbaijani Bar Association (ABA) could work as legal counsel. Lawyers holding a special permit to practise were provided with a right to become members of the ABA, subject to their compliance with admission requirements. However, in 2004, Annagi Hajibeyli and Intigam Aliyev, who both held such a special permit, were not invited to participate in the ABA constituent assembly and their right to be founders of the ABA was not recognised. In 2005, they applied to the ABA in order to be able to practise, but their applications were dismissed, following hearings in which they were questioned only on their views of the ABA.