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New Programmes of Work

We intend to use funds raised from the BIICL 60+ Appeal to build on our existing work and to develop new programmes of research, training and events under four key themes.

Within each theme, there are various opportunities to support our work including:

  • Named Senior Research Fellow
  • Funding of specific research projects
  • Named Research Fellow
  • Sponsorship of conferences, events and seminars

1. Shifting geopolitical networks

As the pace of change accelerates, long established networks and relationships are breaking down and new ones are emerging. A small number of technology platforms have become increasingly powerful. Technology transcends traditional borders and is transforming international law norms and concepts. These need to evolve to protect the interests all of those who are affected by these developments and to uphold values that until now we have taken for granted.

Areas of focus include:

  • Global trade law and diplomacy
  • International law and technology
  • Maintaining expertise in European and international law
  • Corporate obligations

2. Societal challenges

More and more individuals and communities find themselves deprived of the means to protect livelihoods, families or their very existence. Forced to flee homes or to endure exploitation, torture and slavery, they often have no access to justice and lack social or financial inclusion. International cooperation, agreements and treaties are vital in ensuring appropriate humanitarian responses and holding governments and businesses to account.

Areas of focus include:

  • Climate change and other environmental, social and governance factors
  • Business and human rights
  • Migration
  • Protection in armed conflict

3. Legal systems

Legal systems provide the architecture which enables businesses, consumers, citizens and administrators to interact fairly and productively. Without these systems and processes, there is no redress and no access to justice. Our comparative research enables us to identify best practice in a jurisdictional, socio-economic and constitutional context and to provide relevant capacity-building and education where required.

Areas of focus include:

  • Regulation, compliance, and redress
  • International commercial courts
  • Access to commercial justice

4. The Rule of Law in the Digital Age

Rapid advances in digital technology bring both opportunities and challenges for the rule of law. However, the use of predictive decision-making algorithms in law enforcement, the inadequacy of privacy safeguards in the age of surveillance capitalism and the inability of electoral law to protect the democratic process against manipulation, all point to the urgent need for a debate about how to ensure that the rule of law is not sacrificed as we embrace technological opportunities. The Bingham Centre will collaborate with data scientists to develop a programme of research that will promote rule of law enhancing digital technologies and inform the debate on the need for new or updated regulatory frameworks.

Areas of focus include:

  • Regulating Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • The digitalisation of justice
  • Citizenship in the digital age