The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers has a mandate to protect human rights by promoting the independence of the judiciary and the free exercise of the legal profession. She serves in a voluntary capacity and is independent of the UN, States, and non-governmental organizations.
The Special Rapporteur undertakes different activities, including:
The current Special Rapporteur, Margaret Satterthwaite, was appointed to a renewable three-year term by the UN Human Rights Council in October 2022, and assumed the role on November 1, 2022. More information about the mandate is available here.
Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the “special procedures” of the Human Rights Council—independent human rights experts with mandates to monitor, report, and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective.