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Impacts of Our Work


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 legal issues. A snapshot of some key impacts from our work in 2017/18 is provided below.

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Promoting international peace and security 

BIICL's track record on law of the sea was further enhanced by two new research projects this year. One explores the legal challenges of extracting methane hydrates from the seabed and the need for robust regulation to minimise environmental risks. The other is developing practical guidance for private vessels on their legal obligations in search and rescue of people in distress at sea. Our work in this area has also covered aspects of cultural heritage law, international humanitarian law and anti-corruption.

Engaging with business

Business and human rights has been a key focus in our engagement with corporate organisations during the year. This has included a project exploring the feasibility of a 'failure to prevent' mechanism for corporate human rights abuses, the establishment of a new roundtable for legal practitioners in this area and the development by the Bingham Centre of a capacity-building programme to demonstrate the importance of the rule of law for business. Other work has explored the potential for an innovative new investment agreement between the UK and Canada with model agreements for dispute settlement, investment protection and obligations on foreign investors.

Proposing legal reform

Brexit has dominated our UK-related work on legal reform, with the Bingham Centre particularly involved in providing rule of law analyses and explaining the values of constitutional democracy. The Centre was also represented on a new group to promote and improve public legal education. Alongside this, BIICL remains actively engaged in various European projects including a study on Due Diligence in Supply Chains for the European Commission and an Horizon 2020 project on Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law (RECONNECT).

Clarifying access to justice

The latest report in our series of projects on access to justice for the International Bar Association focuses on the important role played by ombudsman schemes around the world. During the year, we also assisted the International Bar Association in the analysis of its consultation on Legal Aid Principles in Civil, Administrative and Family Justice Systems. Training for law students on the DLA Piper Global Fellows Development Programme included sessions provided by the Bingham Centre on the historical development of the rule of law and the effects of systemic oppression on access to justice.

Building legal capacity and understanding

To celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2018, we held a series of special events considering historic and contemporary aspects of international law. Our short course on Public International Law in Practice continued to be very popular and we also provided bespoke training sessions for the Department for International Trade. Our journal, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, was recognised as the top-ranked peer-reviewed journal in international law.


Its high quality and respected work involves analysis and debate about contemporary issues on every continent.

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Its high quality and respected work involves analysis and debate about contemporary issues on every continent.

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Its high quality and respected work involves analysis and debate about contemporary issues on every continent.

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