defending rights and civil liberties

The protection of the right to a fair trial and due process requires: access to a lawyer, information, interpreters or translators, respect for the right to defence and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the right for all parties to be heard, equality of arms, the hearing of cases without undue delay by independent and impartial courts, stating the reasons for their decisions, as well as the right to an appeal process that allows the review of rulings by a higher court.

The European Union has initiated a harmonization process of laws within Member States regarding criminal matters, in order to promote and improve the right of access to justice and the guarantees of a fair trial.


  • Report to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) for List of Issues - Spain’s 6th periodic report
  • Joint letter to Minister of Justice regarding the late and incomplete transposition of EU Directives (sp)
  • Joint Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Spain (sp)
  • CCBE Guide on The ECHR: Questions & Answers for Lawyers
  • Anteproyecto de Ley Orgánica del Poder Judicial
  • Directiva UE sobre el derecho a la asistencia de letrado en los procesos penales
  • Anteproyecto de Ley Orgánica del Estatuto de la Víctima del Delito
  • Directiva UE relativa al derecho a la información en los procesos penales
  • Análisis del proyecto de ley de reforma del Código Penal (IV). Una oportunidad perdida de fortalecer el estado de derecho en materia de terrorismo
  • Balance de 2013: Los derechos humanos en España