24 SEPTEMBER 2014 - The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law has won the Special 'Rule of Law Award' at the 2014 Halsbury Legal Awards held in London on 24 September.
Established in 2013, the Halsbury Legal Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals, law firms, chambers and organisations across the legal sector. Hosted by LexisNexis UK and chaired by independent judges, these major awards are prized by the legal profession and wider community.
Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, Director of the Bingham Centre said: "We are deeply grateful to LexisNexis for this recognition of the work carried out by my excellent colleagues at the Bingham Centre, and for fostering and encouraging the values of the rule of law. In the few years since the launch of the Bingham Centre it is clear that there is a real need for a body, working in this country and abroad, devoted to legality and access to rights and justice - working to promote the rule of law as an instrument of both economic development and respect for equal human dignity. At a time when it sometimes appears that the rule of law may just be an unattainable ideal, this award is a gratifying encouragement to intensify our efforts to demonstrate the rule of law as an ideal, as Tom Bingham put it, 'in the interests of good government and peace, at home and in the world at large'."
Jan Miller, Chairman of the Halsbury Legal Awards said: "The Special Rule of Law Award is designed to celebrate outstanding commitment to the spread of fair and ordered government, law and justice. The contribution made by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in this field since its launch in 2010 is exceptional. It has been fearless in tackling and influencing a diverse range of projects at the forefront of current issues, both at home and abroad. With seamless flexibility and professionalism the Centre has dealt proactively with unexpected threats to the rule of law, whilst continuing its commitment to education and increased understanding in this vital area."
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