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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
BIICL's base in Central London is currently under lockdown as a result of  COVID-19 restrictions and all in London are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible. The BIICL team aim to continue working as normally as possible under these restrictions. We are hosting our events online until restrictions are eased and updates on all our activities will continue to be posted on the BIICL website
As yet we have no clear indication of when we might be back at our usual base in central London but if you need to contact us, please use the email contacts on our People web page or email us using our general contact address:
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Reimagining The Law
At the start of 2021, we thought it would be a good time to revisit ideas from the first phase of the project and hear from some of the contributors in more detail about how their ideas might be put into practise. Six of the original contributors were invited to expand on their post for Reimagining The Law in short videos which can be viewed on the Reimagining the Law page of the website.

The next phase of the project will be Reimagining the Law: Procedural Innovation, led by Professor Eva Lein (Senior Research Fellow in Private International Law and Director, Centre for Comparative Law) and Chiann Bao, Senior Honorary Fellow.

Catch up with Reimagining The Law
Corona Virus
The Role of Good Governance and the Rule of Law in Building Public Trust in Data-Driven Responses to Public Health Emergencies
The Bingham Centre is leading a rapid-response interdisciplinary research project on The Role of Good Governance and the Rule of Law in Building Public Trust in Data-Driven Responses to Public Health Emergencies, working alongside experts from the Global Academy of Health and the University of Edinburgh, the Alan Turing Institute, Newcastle University, and the Ada Lovelace Institute.  The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on behalf of UK Research and Innovation.
This project, at the intersection of law, ethics, citizen deliberation, public health and data science, aims to develop a distinct arts and humanities, values-based framework to help understand and address the challenges posed by data-driven responses to public health emergencies and the need to build public trust.
More details about the project
Messaging on Exercising during Lockdown - A Rule of Law Analysis
8th February 2021                         
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 currently require every person who lives in England to stay at home, unless they have a reasonable excuse for being outside the place where they are living. The Regulations specify that taking exercise outdoors is a reasonable excuse, with some restrictions.
The Government has issued guidance containing further restrictions on exercising outdoors, one of which is that people should not travel outside their local area when exercising. Government messaging has repeatedly portrayed this guidance as being law. Such blurring of the line between law and guidance is incompatible with the Rule of Law, and the Government must ensure that it clearly distinguishes between law and guidance in future messaging.
Read the full report

Equality before the law and application of coronavirus legislation to the Crown
15th February
One element of the Rule of Law is equality before the law, that is, that we are all treated equally before the law unless there is a justified reason for differential treatment. Recent reporting in The Guardian has highlighted the practice of Queen's consent, which enables the monarchy to vet Bills which affect its interests. In practice, this means that even the Coronavirus regulations contain exemptions for the Crown. In a post on the UK Constitutional Law Association blog, Dr Ronan Cormacain of the Bingham Centre argues that in a modern state it is archaic and anti-democratic that powerful individuals have a special right to change the content of legislation.
Read the post
Research Activity
The Rule of Law in Europe
The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) came into provisional force on 31 December 2020. However, both UK and EU parliamentarians have expressed concerns over the quality of scrutiny of this new legal relationship. In the coming weeks and months, the UK government will have the discretion to make notifications pertaining to extradition mechanisms in the TCA. A new Working Paper by Brexit Research Fellow, Dr Oliver Garner, provides an analysis of these provisions of the TCA pertaining to law enforcement cooperation in criminal matters.
Read the Working paper
The provisions establishing Rule of Law conditionality in the EU budget came into force on 1 January 2021. The question for the immediate future is how the European Commission will adopt guidelines for the use of the Regulation. A discussion of this question took place in a debate between EU Commissioner Didier Reynders, MEP Katalin Cseh, and Professor Laurent Pech at the CEU Democracy Institute on 25 January. In his role as editor of the Review of Democracy ‘RevDem’ Live Platform, Bingham Centre Research Fellow Oliver Garner co-authored a summary of the event with assistant editor Teodora Miljojkovic.
Read the event summary:  Can the EU Protect the Rule of Law? CEU DI Debate on the Conditionality Mechanism
Following this event they published an op-ed that asks whether the Regulation places a price on the Rule of Law. RevDem Op-Ed: What Price the Rule of Law?
This question of whether the Member States will add bite to their Rule of Law bark is also considered in the latest Review of Democracy Rule of Law podcast, a conversation between the Bingham Centre’s Dr Oliver Garner and Professor Dimitry Kochenov of the University of Groningen.
Listen to the podcast

APPG on the Rule of Law 
On the 12th of  February The Bingham Centre All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law held a joint briefing on the Overseas Operations Bill with the APPG on drones. More details of the APPG discussion can be found in the Bingham Centre newsletter.

Read the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill: A Rule of Law Analysis by Dr Ronan Cormacain
Report Launch by the Modern Slavery PEC
On Thursday 4 March Modern Slavery PEC’s will launch its report 
Analysing the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act’s Transparency in Supply Chains measures.
The report, produced by the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights and the Bingham Centre, analyses how effective the Modern Slavery Act has been in holding UK businesses accountable for modern slavery in their supply chains. It also looks at other models in areas such as bribery, health and safety or gender pay gap to check if we could translate some solutions into modern slavery. Together with the partners, the Centre will also hold an event taking stock of the effect of the transparency in supply chains regulations to date, particularly in the light of recent Government’s planned reforms in this area, and looking where we could go next. 

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ICLQ 2020 Early Career Prize Winner Announced
Javier García Olmedo,  has been awarded this year’s International and Comparative Law Quarterly Early Career Prize for his article 'Recalibrating the International Investment Regime Through Narrowed Jurisdiction' which appeared in Volume 69 Issue 2 of the Journal. 
The ICLQ Early Career Prize is awarded annually to the best article by an early career scholar and is generously supported by Cambridge University Press who publish the ICLQ. The winner receives £250 worth of books published by Cambridge University Press, and the opportunity to showcase their research in conversation with the Editor in Chief, Professor Sir Malcolm Evans at the ICLQ Annual Lecture.
An early career scholar is someone who (at the time of submission) is either a PhD candidate, or within 5 years of the award of their last academic degree (up to 7 years in the event of a career break). Jointly-authored articles may be considered for the Prize where all authors meet the criteria.
The Editorial Board offer their warmest congratulations to Javier on his achievement in a year with an unprecedented number of eligible articles.

ICLQ Annual Lecture to be given by Professor Simon Chesterman
The International and Comparative Law Quarterly is delighted to announce that Professor Simon Chesterman has agreed to present his paper ‘Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of Legal Personality’ as the 2021 ICLQ Annual Lecture.
The article examines the debate whether artificial intelligence systems should be granted some form of legal personality as they increase in sophistication, and explores the fact that while most legal systems could develop a novel category of legal persons, such arguments are insufficient to show that they should.  
The event, chaired by ICLQ Editor in Chief Professor Sir Malcolm Evans OBE KCMG, will be online on 19th April 2021.

Details and booking
To keep up to date with the latest ICLQ news, and for free access to highlighted articles, follow @iclq_jnl on Twitter.
New Publications
Due diligence as a secondary rule of general international law
Published in the Leiden Journal of International Law by Dr Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott, Research Fellow in Public Health Emergencies and the Rule of Law.

Read the Article

The Latin American Journal of European Studies is open for submission:
The Latin American Journal of European Studies is a publication of the Latin American Center of European Studies, created from the BRIDGE Project of Jean Monnet Network with funding from the Erasmus + Program of the European Commission.

With a focus on the editorial lines on European Union Law and Policies and International Relations of the European Union with third countries and Latin America, the first edition of the Journal also has a thematic dossier on EU-Latin America trade and investment relations, organized by Nuno Cunha Rodrigues from the University of Lisbon (Portugal).
The first edition of the Journal is now open for submissions Original articles in line with editorial lines themes can be submitted until May 1st, 2021, in English, Spanish, or Portuguese: 
BIICL Training courses spring 2021
The spring programme of training courses has now begun with Public International Law in Practice on 16th of February. There is still time to book for our other virtual training courses. Details below:
Law of the Sea
5 sessions beginning 4th March 2021

Business and Human Rights
5 sessions beginning 7th April 2021

Climate Change Law
8 session beginning 13th April 2021

Rule of Law and Democracy in Europe MOOC
BIICL (Bingham Centre) is one of the partner organisations participating in a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project, ‘Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law’ (RECONNECT). In February The RECONNECT project  announced the second run of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Rule of Law and Democracy in Europe”
About the Course: Democracy and the Rule of Law are two of the fundamental values of the European Union that are shared among EU Member States. Of late, however, they have come under increasing pressure. Not only does the Union face criticism about its own democratic and Rule of Law shortcomings, but it also appears to struggle to find effective responses when faced with the erosion of these values in several of its Member States. The RECONNECT MOOC offers a critical and interdisciplinary introduction to these topics by leading scholars and practitioners, including members of the Bingham Centre.
The course will be available from 15 February 2021 up until 2 July 2021 and can be followed at your own pace.
Find out more and sign up for the course

Teaching International Law Webinar Series
The Teaching International Law series of webinars started on 8th of January. The series will host over 50 speakers from across the globe who will discuss the practice of teaching international law in 10 unique webinars. It aims to foster reflection and discussion amongst the range of actors teaching international law across different contexts, traditions and perspectives. It is still possible to join the sessions coming up. The next sessions on 12th of March will cover:

New Directions in Core Subjects of International Law Teaching

The International Law Teacher

 The series continues until April 23rd.

Find out more and book your place
Latest on the BIICL blog

The Representative Actions Directive - a class action for Europe? by Professor Duncan Fairgrieve

Go to the BIICL Blog 
New Honorary Senior Fellows of BIICL We are delighted to be able to work with these esteemed colleagues on projects and events in the Centre for Comparative Law
You can find a full list of our Honorary Senior Fellows here

New starters at BIICL:
  • Katie Lines, Research Fellow in Rule of Law monitoring of coronavirus legislation
  • Liz Williams Policy Impact Manager for the Modern slavery Policy and Evidence Centre.
Teaching International Law

Tools and Techniques in Teaching International Law
29th January 2021
Teaching International Law

Teaching IHL in Crisis: A Strategic Response for Troubled Times
29th January 2021

The Representative Actions Directive A Class Action for Europe?
3 February 2021


Contesting AI Explanations in the UK
24 February 2021


Forthcoming events

03 - 24 March 2021          
Webinar series Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law
04 March 2021                  
Short Course: Law of the Sea
10 March 2021                  
Is the definition of a Gatekeeper in the DMA the right one?
12 March 2021                       
Teaching International Law Webinar Series
  • New Directions in Core Subjects of International Law Teaching
  • The International Law Teacher
15 March 2021                  
Latest Developments in the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law
18 March 2021                  
Sustainability Considerations in Competition Enforcement
07 April 2021                      
Short Course: Business and Human Rights
13 Apr 2021                        
Short Course: Climate Change
15 April 2021                      
A conversation with Sir Nicholas Green: Reflections on the changing competition law environment.
The BIICL 60+ Appeal
The need for BIICL's independent and impartial research, analysis and capacity building activities is greater than ever. The BIICL 60+ Appeal Panel, chaired by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, aims to raise £3 million over five years to support the expansion of BIICL's work, the impact that our work can achieve and the refurbishment of our offices in Russell Square.
To learn more about our exciting plans to develop both existing and new areas of our work, please visit BIICL 60+ Appeal or contact Diane Denny, Development Director.

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