UNODC issues legal analysis on independence of lawyers in Uzbekistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published a research paper “Issues of independence of lawyers and right to protection: recommendations for legislative reform in the Republic of Uzbekistan in accordance with international standards and principles”. The paper is focused on issues related to the independence of lawyers in the Republic of Uzbekistan, the institutional and functional independence of the Chamber of Lawyers, as well as the right of the accused to an effective defense in criminal proceedings. It is recognized that the independence of the legal profession is the foundation of the rule of law and the main guarantee for the promotion and protection of human rights.

As part of large-scale judicial and legal reform Uzbekistan has embarked on the task of reforming the Chamber of Lawyers through legislative changes that provide for autonomy of the Chamber, improvement of its management capacity to independently regulate the legal profession and protect human rights. In this context the publication aims to provide legal practitioners and policy makers with recommendations for bringing national legislation in line with international norms and standards.

UNODC assists the Government of Uzbekistan in the implementation of criminal justice reform through capacity building activities for national institutions as well as expert advice with support from the United States Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.