The Bar Association of Cambodia should consider stricter standards on admission to the bar, make lawyers take regular mandatory training and set up a new disciplinary committee in order to ensure that Cambodia’s legal professionals are independent, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has said. The ICJ in April called for the Bar Association to clarify ambiguity in Article 17 of its newly adopted Code of Ethics, which says that lawyers should make public statements or statements to the press “only within the framework of strict compliance with the duties of the legal profession.” In an open letter
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