Irada Javadova is a human rights lawyer who was involved in many resonant cases, including numerous violations of citizens’ property rights and protection of political activists and human rights defenders. She is the former head of NGO “Human Rights Education” and has been a member of the ABA for the last 13 years and served as a member of the ABA Presidium from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, Ms. Javadova was the only member of the ABA Presidium to vote against the disbarment of human rights lawyer Yalchin Imanov.
On 11 June 2018, the ABA Presidium made a decision to seek for her disbarment on the basis of a complaint from her client who allegedly stated that Ms. Javadova wrote a public letter about her case without her consent and without having a notarised power of attorney, and requested that the ABA take action against the human rights defender. Ms. Javadova has denied the allegations, stating that she had an agreement with her client and that she had legitimately defended her and acted within the law. In her letter, Ms. Javadova had raised concerns about the possible arbitrary detention of her client after having received a request from her client’s mother to inquire about the whereabouts of her daughter. She had submitted the agreement with the complainant to the ABA, but the ABA expressed doubts about the authenticity of the client’s signature. On 14 June 2018, Ms. Javadova appealed the Presidium’s decision to disbar her. Her case is till pending before the first instance court.