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The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) is an international non-profit-making association incorporated in Belgium which represents the bars and law societies of 32 member countries and 13 further associate and observer countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers.

Founded in 1960, the CCBE is recognised as the voice of the European legal profession by the national bars and law societies on the one hand, and by the EU institutions on the other. It acts as the liaison between the EU and Europe's national bars and law societies. In fact, the CCBE has regular institutional contacts with those European Commission officials, and members and staff of the European Parliament, who deal with issues affecting the legal profession. In addition, the CCBE works closely with legal organisations outside Europe.

Among the most important of the CCBE’s missions are the defence of the rule of law, human rights and democratic values. Of special concern are the right of access to justice and the protection of the client by ensuring respect for the core values of the profession.

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