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Short Course: Introduction to the Rule of Law

Event Details

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

Course Lead: Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

The rule of law has universal relevance for all involved in the law, justice system and legal policy. This innovative course introduces participants to using the rule of law as a practical tool for legal work in a wide range of areas both within the UK and internationally. When you attend this course, you will explore the different elements of the rule of law in concrete terms, thinking about how rule of law principles apply in a wide variety of areas, and discovering how to draw on the rule of law as an invaluable principle and framework. It will be conducted as interactive discussions, with case studies and practical examples, as applied learning.

The Bingham Centre's leading rule of law experts deliver the sessions that are aimed not only at those in legal practice, but also NGO staff and academics who work on law reform and legal policy. The sessions use rule of law standards, such as the Venice Commission's Rule of Law Checklist, as a touchstone and resource that translates the rule of law into a detailed set of questions and issues.

Course topics

The Rule of Law course consists of a number of sessions on key aspects of the rule of law. Across these sessions, the following issues will be considered:

  • Rule of law principles;
  • Measurement and indicators for access to justice and rule of law in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Judicial engagement with rule of law principles when deciding cases, focusing on the international transfer and torture of detainees;
  • Transitional justice mechanisms that seek to establish accountability for past abuses; and
  • Anti-corruption as a key area for strengthening the rule of law in a globalised world.

Download the course flyer and programme.

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Free Event - Rule of Law Challenges in Burundi - the inside view with Gervais Rufyikiri

As part of the short course and at no extra charge, course attendees will have the opportunity to attend an evening event on the Rule of Law Challenges in Burundi, on 10 October.

This event will provide participants with insights on the practical challenges to the application of the rule of law in Burundi. Drawing on Gervais Rufyikiri's years of experience serving at the higher level of the Burundian Government, Mr. Rufyikiri will expand on issues such as corruption, access to justice and development among others.

Why take this course?

Do you engage with and seek to influence law reform and policy in the UK or internationally? Have you confronted issues of governance gaps and globalisation, development, or corruption in your work?

Do you work in private legal practice, for government, with corporations, with civil society or in any other role where issues of the rule of law arise?

How can something as important and also as abstract as the rule of law be measured?

The Bingham Centre's Rule of Law Course will help you with these challenges and more.

Course benefits

Learn in the heart of London at one of the world's leading independent research centres for international and comparative law

  • CPD accredited course (6 CPD hours)
  • Competitive course fee with course materials and reading list
  • Certificate of successful completion (hardcopy and electronic version).

Teaching arrangements

Teaching will be seminar style with an emphasis on class discussion and applied learning.

All sessions will be taught in English. If you are not a native English speaker, you will need to have experience of studying in English at university level or to have achieved an appropriate score in the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or an equivalent programme.

CPD accreditation

The course is accredited with 6.5 CPD hours.

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Cancellation by us

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