The National Lawyers Guild is a proud member of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), an international organization of jurists' associations that have made the violation of human rights and threats to international peace and security legal issues under international law, since 1946. The President of IADL is longtime Guild member and NLG International Committee (IC) Co-Chair, Jeanne Mirer.
The National Lawyers Guild joins the people of South Africa and freedom-loving people the world over both in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela and celebrating his life. We are proud to have stood with Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) at a time when the United States government labeled him a terrorist. As our longtime member Lennox Hinds - Mandela’s lawyer in the United States - reminds us, “Mandela was arrested by the South African forces with the support of the CIA.”
The NLG is proud to announce that the quarterly National Lawyers Guild Review has been ranked as the #4 Constitutional Law review in 2013 by ExpressO.
We would like to extend our sincere solidarity with our fellow lawyers and legal workers fighting for the rights of all those who have been detained, arrested, and violently attacked for peaceful protest in the last few weeks.
The NLG wrote a letter urging the U.S. Senate to block a bill that proposes allowing Israel to discriminate against American travelers. Read the full letter here.
The National Lawyers Guild recently sent a delegation to Guatemala to observe the precedent-setting genocide trial of U.S.-supported military dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt and his advisor Jose Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez. In the wake of uncertainty over whether the trial would continue after widely criticized procedural developments over the last few weeks, we were pleased that the U.S. dispatched Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen Rapp to Guatemala to signal the importance of upholding the rule of law.
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) urges the Federal Bureau of Investigation to respect the political asylum status of Assata Shakur (a.k.a. Joanne Chesimard). The FBI has designated the 65-year old former Black Panther Party member a “terrorist” and increased the bounty for her capture from $1 million to $2 million.
The National Lawyers Guild joins Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and special rapporteur to the United Nations, in calling for an investigation into the causes of acts of terrorism directed at the United States.