20 July 2024,   04:15
David Asatiani was elected as the President of the European Bar Association

David Asatiani has been elected as the President of the European Association of Lawyers. The elections took place on June 13.

This marks the first precedent in the history of professional associations of lawyers in Europe, when the President of the organization is from a non-EU country.

David Asatiani is currently serving his second term as President of the Georgian Bar Association, a position he was re-elected to by the general assembly’s annual meeting. Additionally, in 2021, he was also appointed as the vice-president of the European Association of Lawyers.

“I thank my European colleagues for their trust. Being elected President of the European Association of Lawyers is a great honor and responsibility. It signifies recognition of the Georgian Bar Association’s independence, development, and adherence to European standards, and it demonstrates clear support for us.

As President, my main priority will remain to strengthen the legal profession across Europe and to increase international support for lawyers and bar associations in transitional democracies, aiming for their further integration into the European legal profession family.
I would also like to express my gratitude to Maria Slzak, the former president of the European Association of Lawyers, for her significant contributions to strengthening the legal profession and Bar associations throughout Europe”, - said David Asatiani.

Founded in 1986 by European lawyers in Brussels, the European Association of Lawyers unites lawyers’ associations, law offices, and individual lawyers across Europe. Its activities focus on supporting the legal profession in European countries, strengthening lawyers’ associations, and establishing the rule of law.