What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored on your computer to allow the British Institute of International and Comparative Law to recognise it when you visit our site. They can remember your preferences by gathering and storing information. They do not identify you as an individual user, just the computer used. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or compromise your security. Cookies do not give the British Institute of International and Comparative Law access to your computer.
What types of essential cookies does BIICL use?
We also use some third party cookies to help us improve your user experience.
If you don't want to use third party cookies.
If you would prefer not to use third party cookies while browsing our site, you can set your browser so that it will not download cookies onto your computer. Doing so will still allow you to navigate through the majority of our site but possibly not all of it. If you wish to access the password protected areas of our website you will need to allow "per-session" cookies. These are temporarily used while you are visiting the site but deleted when you close your browser or log out.
Reimagining the Law 16 June 2020
1. Access to the legal profession
Covid-19 is disrupting educational progression and will increase the attainment gap for students in disadvantaged situations. Inclusion initiatives aimed at increasing access to the profession should be remodelled, using new tools to reach out virtually to provide work experience, mentoring and support.
2. Ethnic Diversity at Board level
Given the continued lack of progress in improving ethnic diversity on Boards, is it not time to impose firmer requirements on companies and organisations to require Boards to better reflect the communities in which they operate, whether through a Code of Best Practice or, if that is not adequate, legislation.
3. To represent, the profession needs to be representative
The legal profession should reflect the diversity of the population. Our job is to represent people and we should also be representative. In the UK black people are overrepresented in the criminal justice system but they are significantly underrepresented in the legal profession. We need to fix both of these issues.
4. We should abandon precedent...
...at least in areas of significant inequality. Access to justice is typically seen as a problem solved by better dispute resolution or more legal aid. Rule complexity is a large part of the problem. Precedent does not aid decision making to the extent lawyers think it does. We need to think radically about simplification in key areas of law.
Professor Richard Moorhead
5. Support not stigma
Much has been said about the level of stress and mental ill-health amongst lawyers. Why don't we make mental health awareness a compulsory topic in legal education, create a forum for practitioners to share their experiences of mental ill health and recovery, and work to create a culture of support, not stigma, at all levels of our profession?
Reimagining the law video presentations Michael Olatokun
28th January 2021
Reimagining the law video presentations Jeremy Gilley
27th January 2021
Reimagining the law video presentations Andrew Wells
26th January 2021