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BIICL present 'Supporter of the Year' Award to Linklaters

LONDON, 26 March 2015 - The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has presented its 'Supporter of the Year' Award to global law firm, Linklaters, at the BIICL Annual Grotius Dinner 2015.

The prestigious Annual Dinner was held at The Law Society in London and attended by prominent figures in the legal profession; and wider community. The evening's proceedings included a speech by Sir Paul Jenkins KCB QC, former Treasury Solicitor and a Trustee of BIICL.

Established in 2012, the 'Supporter of the Year' Award recognises major support given to the Institute by an organisation or individual. As an independent legal research organisation, BIICL relies heavily on funding from law firms, corporations, international bodies, foundations, individuals and others.

Linklaters was one of the first law firms to support the establishment of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law within BIICL, they've provided substantial core funding since 2010 and have renewed their support for another four years. They also sponsored an international conference in Singapore last year on 'The Importance of Rule of Law in Promoting Development'.

The Award was presented to Linklaters by Susan Bright, Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP, and BIICL Trustee.

Sarah Taylor, Development Director of BIICL said: "Without the support of firms like Linklaters, BIICL would not be able to continue their valuable work which has an impact on law, constitutions and policy worldwide".

Robert Elliott, Chairman and Senior Partner at Linklaters commented: "We are delighted to be presented with this Award for supporting serious legal analysis and debate around major contemporary issues. It also symbolises our passion and dedication for upholding the rule of law and furthering its understanding".

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1. The Annual Grotius Lecture and Dinner is organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), and sponsored by Carter-Ruck and Shell. The event took place on Thursday 26 March 2015 at The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL. The Lecture ran from 17:30-18:30, followed by a drinks reception and the Annual Grotius Dinner was from 19:30-22:00.

2. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) provides informed, independent and practical legal ideas for a global community. Its high quality and respected work involves analysis and debate about contemporary issues on every continent, from its base in the heart of London's energetic and multicultural legal network. BIICL is one of the very few independent legal bodies of its type in the world. (Registered Charity No. 209425. Company Registration 615025). For more information visit

3. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law established a "Sponsor of the Year Award" in 2012. The name was changed to 'Supporter of the Year' in 2015. This award recognises major support given to the Institute by an individual or organisation, and is awarded each year at the BIICL Annual Grotius Dinner.

4. The Institute is an independent charity not affiliated to any University or governmental body, and is therefore reliant for its work on income from its activities and donations of this kind. For further details, and information on how to contribute to the work of the Institute in this area and its other important areas, please contact Sarah Taylor, Development Director at

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