De internationale advocatenorganisatie Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) heeft haar jaarverslag 2014 gepubliceerd. ( zie ook EMLS-rubriek digitaal procederen)

05-06-2015 10:20

Het geduide jaarverslag geeft o.a. de zorgen van CCBE weer over de digitale samenleving en en de rol van de zich ontwikkelende rechtspraak in de hedendaagse  samenleving.  Het jaarverslag-2014  van de CCCBE, geeft als inleiding : 2014 was an election year that saw a significant power shift in the European.

For the first time, the European Parliament played a key role in the appointment of the President of the European Commission by encouraging the major parties to put forward leading candidates. An elected parliament, a range of political parties, and a leader of the executive branch chosen from among them: is this a burgeoning democracy at work?


This is not a question for constitutionalists or politicians, but for lawyers and citizens. Mass surveillance of electronic communications, made easier and cheaper by advances in technology, is a rising threat to the rule of law. Lawyer-client confidentiality is under threat as emails, phone calls and cloud storage are swept up by intelligence agencies. Professional secrecy, the confidentiality of communications between lawyer and client, is an essential guarantee of a fair and impartial trial, maintaining equality of arms and allowing citizens and businesses to hold their government to account through the court system.


The issue of confidentiality appears in a number of important topics on the European agenda: the reform of the data protection package of course, but also the proposed European Public Prosecutor’s Office, the reform of the transparency register for lobbyists, the revision of the anti-money laundering directive, and planned measures for reinforcing procedural safeguards in criminal cases.


The CCBE aims to keep the privacy of citizens at the core of the legislative work of the European institutions. To this effect, I believe that maintaining a constant contact on this issue between the Parliament and the legal profession will be key to strengthening the common area for justice and fundamental rights. This is an issue that I shared with interlocutors from Bars in Europe, the Americas, Japan, and China during meetings throughout the year.


I believe that the legal profession should remain at the forefront of innovation and change, in order to carry its principles into the 21st century. This year I launched a discussion on the future of the profession within the unique forum that is the CCBE, exploring avenues for the conditions under which we work, and the challenges we will have to face. This exercise is especially important for young lawyers: their practice will be profoundly different from ours as the world changes. How should we handle new technologies and increased globalisation? What can be done to ensure that the legal profession remains relevant?


I hope that you, dear colleagues and concerned citizens, will join this debate and carry it forward wherever you go, for the benefit of justice, fairness and the rule of law.



Zie ook  de EMLS-rubriek digitaal procederen. Historische vergissing als rechters van vlees en bloed worden vervangen door machines/computers

op de vindplaatsen van EMLS  //



Utrecht / Haaksbergen, 5 juni 2015