Independence of Lawyers and Judges Task Force

The mission of the Task Force on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges (TFILJ) is to foster the independence of lawyers and judges in their professional activities in the United States and abroad. The Task Force applies the United Nations Basic Principles on the Roles of Lawyers to increase awareness in the legal community and the public at large about the importance of the independence of lawyers and judges to the maintenance of the rule of law in civil society.  TFILJ also advocates on behalf of lawyers and judges who are threatened or persecuted by governments, or others, for discharging their legal responsibilities or pursuing their professions. The Task Force endeavors to build alliances with domestic and international organizations pursuing similar goals in order to coordinate responses to immediate or emerging threats to legal and judicial professionals worldwide and to contribute to the establishment and dissemination of norms for the protection of lawyers and judges.