Promoting and Protecting Human Rights Through the Rule of Law

About Us

The Bar Human Rights Committee is the independent, international human rights arm of the Bar of England and Wales. It is dedicated to promoting justice and respect for human rights through the rule of law.


Rule of Law

BHRC works around the world to uphold international human rights law, as well as internationally recognised human rights norms and standards. We provide expert guidance and advice to local partner NGOs, legal professionals and State institutions.

Protecting Lawyers, Judges and Human Rights Defenders

BHRC supports and protects those who are oppressed in their work or face retaliations through harassment, persecution, violence or arbitrary arrest, detention and death.

Furthering interest and knowledge of human rights

BHRC improves understanding and implementation of international human rights protections through education, awareness-raising and bespoke international human rights law training.

Working in Partnership

BHRC works with domestic and international organisations to advance human rights and promote justice and respect for human rights through the rule of law.

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Invitation to BHRC’s Summer Social

Invitation to BHRC’s Summer Social

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales ("BHRC") invites you to join us for our summer social. Please join us on the 7th July at 6pm at...

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Register now for BHRC's virtual panel, 'Protecting Mental Health and Building Resilience: A Dialogue for Human Rights Defenders', Thurs 21 July @ 2pm (UK), with a stellar lineup of expert speakers on mental wellbeing and resilience in human rights work.

Where We Work

The remit of BHRC extends to all countries of the world, apart from its own jurisdiction of England and Wales. This reflects the Committee’s need to maintain its role as an independent but legally qualified observer and critic.

Activities & Publications

The Bar Human Rights Committee regularly produces in-depth reports on global human rights issues. We provide expert analysis of ongoing or historic human rights abuses and situations of concern, connecting detailed in-country research to our expertise on matters of international law.

Click here to see our most recent reports and submissions.

Fair trials are fundamental for justice and the rule of law. Working with our partners, BHRC sends impartial observers to countries around the world to ensure the right to a fair trial through the impartial administration of justice. The aim of trial observation is to report independently on the adherence of hearings to international fair trial standards. Our trial reports are widely circulated and have been referenced in court proceedings.

Click here to see our most recent trial observation reports.

Public statements and letters of concern are an important means of holding governments to account, highlighting specific legal concerns and drawing international attention on alleged violations.

Click here to see our most recent statements.

Click here to see our most recent letters of concern.

BHRC intervenes in cases around the world, providing expertise on international human rights law to prevent individual injustices and strengthen broader protections in cases where legal precedents could be set.

The resource-intensive nature of preparing amicus to a high standard means that BHRC seeks to intervene only in the gravest cases of suspected violations of a defendant’s fair trial rights. In most cases, this involves those facing the death penalty. BHRC condemns the death penalty as a means of punishment, but also is concerned with the flawed circumstances in which it often is applied.

Click here to see our most recent amicus curiae briefs.

BHRC furthers interest in and knowledge of human rights primarily through training and events. In addition to holding its own events, BHRC is asked to lend its expertise to other public events around the world.

Click here to see our past and forthcoming events.

Contact Us

If you have questions or wish to work with us, please get in touch using the contact form.


Bar Human Rights Committee, 289-293 High Holborn London WC1V 7HZ


+44 204 534 1879

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