Defending the
Human Right
to a
Fair Trial

Fair Trials Defenders

The right to a fair trial is recognised internationally as a fundamental human right but, in practice, it is being violated in courtrooms and police stations across the globe. Fair Trials exists to bridge this gap between rights and reality, but it is an enormous challenge and we could never achieve it on our own.

That is why one of our main aims is to engage and support an international movement of fair trials defenders. It is crucial for us to collaborate with the best local experts, in order to understand the underlying causes of injustice, design workable solutions and build local, public and political support for reform. Without them we could not provide support to the people who need it most.

Find out more about our networks, and how to get involved, below:

The Legal Experts Advisory Panel (or LEAP) is an EU-wide network of experts in criminal justice and human rights which works to improve respect for the right to a fair trial across Europe. There are currently over 150 members, made up of lawyers, NGOs, and academics, covering all 28 EU Member States.

Find out more about LEAP here.


Defence lawyers work day in, day out as the front-line defenders of the human right to a fair trial. One of our core goals is to help them do this crucial work as effectively as possible, by helping them to understand international standards and to make sure that they are being used in practice to protect their clients’ rights and challenge systematic abuse.

Find out more about our training here.

Our-partners_edit_blueOur Partners

Working in partnership with the best local experts is crucial to Fair Trials’ work to build respect for the human right to a fair trial, whether through research, advocacy or training.

Find out who we are currently working with here.