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Since our last eBulletin in the winter, the Centre has been active on many fronts. Here is some of our latest news. You can also look at our newsletter from December 2015
Children and Access to Justice
The Bingham Centre produced a briefing paper on Children and Access to Justice in the Sustainable Development Agenda in May. It was commissioned by the International Bar Association’s Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee. The Centre is now undertaking a major survey-based study on access to justice for children internationally, commissioned again by the IBA Committee and with support from the Law Society of England & Wales and the German Federal Bar. A report of the findings will be published in September and launched at the IBA Annual Conference in Washington DC. Read more
Fair administrative action in Kenya
In March 2016 the Bingham Centre took part in consultations by the Katiba Institute, Nairobi, to develop a guide for Kenyan civil servants to their constitutional duty of “fair administrative action”. As part of their research, Jan van Zyl Smit and Lucy Moxham interviewed UK civil servants about their use of the administrative law guide “The Judge Over Your Shoulder”, which has inspired similar guides from New Zealand to Malawi. See our website.
18 and 19 April, Brazil. Rule of Law Challenges in Latin America
The Global Rule of Law Exchange Programme organised its first annual conference in São Paulo, Brazil on 18 and 19 April, entitled ‘Rule of Law Challenges in Latin America – corruption and judicial independence’. Participants included former Presidents of Brazil and Bolivia, as well as Supreme Court justices and judges from across the region. Video recording and material of the conference are posted on the conference webpage. Jones Day is the Global Partner on the Global Rule of Law Exchange.
All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law – Corporate Accountability Meeting
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Rule of Law, for which the Bingham Centre acts as secretariat, co-hosted a meeting (with the APPG on Anti-Corruption) on corporate accountability and anti-corruption on 10 May. Serious Fraud Office Director David Green CB QC, Sir Eric Pickles MP, and Traidcraft’s Head of Policy and Advocacy, Liz May, gave thought-provoking presentations.
14 June - 10 Days, 10 Issues - Countdown to the Brexit Referendum
This event looked at advantages, disadvantages and risks linked with a Brexit in the areas of Constitutional Arrangements, Foreign Relations, Trade, Agriculture, Immigration, Free Movement of Persons, Consumer Rights, Civil Justice, Financial Services and Human Rights. The speakers unanimously concluded that a Brexit would constitute a major risk across all debated areas and to the overall British economy. See here. This event was support by Herbert Smith Freehills.
14 June, Washington DC - The prosecution of corruption in Africa: challenging impunity through the rule of law
The Global Rule of Law Exchange organised an event on 14 June at Jones Day in Washington DC during which panellists (Linn Hammergren, Peter Ainsworth, Thomas Nah, and Debra LaPrevotte) presented views on the difficulties with tackling and prosecuting corruption in the continent all the while respecting due process and the rule of law.
16 June, New York - Does the use of Comparative Law Compromise the Rule of Law?
Two Supreme Court Justices – one from the US, one from the UK – addressed an audience of 300 at the New York City Bar in a discussion moderated by the Bingham Centre’s founding Director Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC. Lord Jonathan Sumption and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer examined the case for, and resistance to, courts’ use of foreign sources of law. The event was organised by the New York City Bar Association, the Bingham Centre and the Foreign Policy Association with sponsorship from LexisNexis. For more information, visit the Bingham Centre website.
Rule of Law Training
BIICL and Bingham Centre short courses: October 2016
On 10 October, the Bingham Centre launches its new, one-day course on the Rule of Law. It will use case studies and interactive discussion to consider the importance of the rule of law and its links to the development agenda.
BIICL runs its next popular Public International Law in Practice two-day course in the week beginning 10 October 2016. The course is aimed at early and mid-career professionals, introducing key issues for practitioners in a concise and engaging way.
"An excellent course; the best investment of time of any legal course I have attended. Very relevant, well-pitched to the knowledge of the audience. Speakers were excellent overall." Public International Law in Practice participant. Please watch the website for future updates.
IBA Expert Event - Access to justice for children: international challenges and good practices
Monday 11 July 2016 17:00 – 19.00
Access to justice is crucial for guaranteeing children’s right and protection but legal systems and the social environment often make it difficult for children to obtain redress for rights violations. This event will discuss how lawyers and practitioners can make a uniquely useful contribution to channelling the infinite capacities of children as “critical agents of change”. The Law Society of England and Wales are hosting this event as part of a project funded by the International Bar Association (IBA).
Workshop: Implications of a British Bill of Rights and Repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998
Monday, 25 July 2016 09:30 – 17:30
The event will facilitate discussion, between parliamentarians, experts and the most prominent practitioners and academics of human rights law, on the implications of the Government's proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 in order to 'break the formal link between the UK and Strasbourg' and to allow UK courts to adjudicate human rights claims under a British Bill of Rights without reference to Strasbourg case law. Spaces are limited and the event is invitation-only, however if you have not received an invitation and are interested in coming please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arbitration and the Rule of Law: Challenges, Changes and Contradictions
25 October 2016 Sponsored by White & Case LLP
The Fundamental Rights of Companies: Have the European Courts Got it Right?
16 November 2016
Foreign Direct Investment in China: Regulation, Risk and the Rule of Law
30 November 2016 Sponsored by Hogan Lovells LLP
Further information will soon be available on our website