Published: 14 Jul 2016 | By Samed Rahimli

Human rights lawyering in Azerbaijan: Challenges and prospects


Human rights lawyering (HRL), including litigation, emerged as a branch of the legal profession and gained prominence particularly in the last 20-25 years, since the end of the Cold War. Human rights lawyers specialise in one, a majority or all of the rights stipulated in various international agreements governing the human rights framework.

HRL in the context of the post-Soviet countries focuses on the protection of civil and political rights, and on many occasions the lawyers’ ‘clients’ are mainstream politicians and activists. The main challenge faced by the lawyers engaging in HRL in Western countries are structural issues arising out of legislation, whereas in the context of post-Soviet countries, in addition to structural problems, another main challenge faced by human rights lawyers is intentional and arbitrary violations committed by the national authorities.

You can read the full article in the Summer 2016 Bulletin.