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The world of creativity knows no boundaries.
Neither do our legal strategies to protect and empower it.
We are a global network of art law and free speech lawyers protecting the rights of artists to imagine and create freely – pro bono.
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We’re incredibly proud to have the United Nation’s support
“The work of organizations like Avant-Garde Lawyers must continue and increase […]
All such efforts are essential and should be supported and magnified by other human rights groups.”
Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in in the field of cultural rights
I couldn't have found better lawyers with their level of knowledge, commitment and respect for humanity.
Andra is an absolute expert in the field!"
AGL Director Andra Matei awarded the Paris-Quebec Prize
November 11th 2021
AGL Director Andra Matei was awarded the Paris-Quebec Prize at the 10th edition of the Pro Bono Awards organised by the Paris Bar Association at the Hôtel de Ville. This important award recognises Andra’s crucial work to coordinate the defense of artists targeted for their socially and politically engaged artworks.
AGL petition UN Special Rapporteur
May 12th 2020
AGL’s submission is calling Ms. Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, to intercede with the Egyptian authorities in order to have the circumstances and causes of Shady Habash’s tragic death in custody fully investigated and to ensure that those responsible for it are promptly brought to justice.
Final ruling in the case of Taeyong Jeong
October 28th 2019
AGL’s defense team succeeds in averting a prison sentence of one year for the Korean graffiti artist, Taeyong Jeong! AGL argued for the first time in a court of law that graffiti is a form of social and political commentary deserving of protection under international human rights law.
FINAL RULING IN THE CASE OF ARTIST FERHAT TEMEL
October 3rd 2019
Art under pressure: decree 349 restricts creative freedom in cuba
March 4th 2019.
AGL Director co-authors white paper on Cuba’s recent Decree 349, a piece of legislation whichcodifies and institutionalizes flagrant restrictions on free speech, free association and creative expression in Cuba.
Joint Statement at the Human Rights Council's 40th session in Geneva
March 1st 2019
Avant-Garde Lawyers, Artists at Risk Connection and Freemuse call for the adoption by the Human Rights Council of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Artists. The joint statement was made during the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune. Read the statement here.