UNSMIL Facilitates Meeting of the Libya Bar Association to Adopt First Code of Conduct
TUNIS, 22 June 2021 - Following three days of intensive legal debate, the National Libyan Bar Association (LBA) succeeded in finalising its first-ever code of conduct for the Libyan legal profession. Facilitated by UNSMIL, the meeting brought together the LBA’s 10-member elected leadership council, who hail from all parts of Libya, including Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Tobruk, AlBaidha, Khoms, Zawya, Sebha, and Gherian. The meeting, which was concluded on Monday, was also joined by UNSMIL rule of law experts and an international expert from the American Bar Association.
The final text of the code of conduct is based on human rights principles articulated in the Constitutional Declaration of 2011 and the objectives of Law No. 3 of 2014 on the Law Profession. Inspired by national and international standards on the role of lawyers in a fair and human rights-oriented justice system, the code of conduct also benefits from international best practices. The finalized text represents a huge achievement for the new Bar and its democratically elected council.
The primary purpose of the code is to assist LBA members in making consistent choices when faced with ethical dilemmas, and to establish ethical principles and standards applicable throughout their professional work.
The preamble of the code of conduct highlights the vision of the code and its importance for the ethical development of the legal profession in Libya, the document further covers and defines key general principles governing the professional activities of lawyers as members of the Bar. Innovatively the last section of the code refers to lawyers' ethical conduct in cyberspace.
UNSMIL congratulates the LBA on drafting this important document that will serve to support a professional, ethical and accountable legal profession in Libya.