Many of BIICL's activities have a direct or indirect impact on policy and law, as well as more generally on the responses of others to our work. While this is primarily in regard to our research and publications, our events and training also provide wider public benefit in terms of information and education about contemporary issues. A snapshot of some key impacts from our work in 2016/17 is provided below.
Promoting international peace and security
In times of conflict and crisis around the world, international law provides an essential framework for building peace and security. This year, we extended our work on the protection of cultural heritage, provided training and briefings on international migration issues, and engaged in discussions to clarify the use of drones in armed conflict. A new Bingham Centre project will recommend a framework for opening up closed judgments once they are no longer a danger to national or international security.
Engaging with business
From State aid and corporate taxation to the publication of a major new report on business and human rights, we continued to strengthen our focus on engaging with business. We launched a new Business Network to support companies in dealing with global rule of law challenges, extended our work on Collective Redress and analysed the impact of Brexit on competition law and the implications for consumers and businesses.
Proposing legal reform
BIICL provides an expert resource for the UK Parliament and others to draw upon through various channels. In 2016/17, we continued to support the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law, provided specialist advice to a major UK Parliament Committee's Inquiry on Business and Human Rights and participated in the European Commission's review of product liability law. The legal consequences of Brexit saw us involved in many events, discussions and evidence sessions. As part of our Brexit programme, we published two briefings on the consequences of the Article 50 decision to withdraw from the EU for the four nations of the UK.
Enabling access to justice
In 2016/17 we continued to extend our programme of work to ensure that access to justice for all is evaluated by consistent and meaningful indicators. We identified the challenges and international good practices in providing access to justice for children, undertook projects to support an independent and effective judiciary, and highlighted the rights of migrants and refugees through briefings and events.
Building legal understanding
This year, BIICL diversified its programme of training courses, including a one day introduction to the Rule of Law and bespoke sessions on human rights due diligence for businesses. Our research helped to shape the curriculum for public servants in Kenya and we produced two seminal volumes on British influences on International Law.
To support the next generation of experts, we launched a new Research Assistants' programme providing paid, developmental opportunities to early-career researchers and practitioners.
Read more about the impacts of our work in our latest Annual Impact Report