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Marcos Zunino

Biography Dr Marcos Zunino is Research Fellow in Judicial Independence and Constitutional Transitions. His current work at BIICL looks into the judiciary in the context of transitional justice and constitutional change. His areas of research include transitional justice, human rights, constitutional law, international criminal law and public international law. He is the author of Justice Framed: A Genealogy of Transitional Justice as well as of a number of journal articles and book chapters.…

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Anthony Wenton

Biography Anthony Ellington Wenton is a Researcher at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. His research interests cover a wide range of areas within public international law, particularly international human rights law, transitional justice and the right to democratic governance. Prior to joining the Bingham Centre, Anthony worked as Judicial Assistant to Dr Ganna Yudkivska (Judge elected in respect of Ukraine and Section President) at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Anthony…

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Nyasha Weinberg

Biography Nyasha Weinberg is a Research Fellow in Rule of Law Measurement at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. She received her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from Oxford University. Nyasha is currently a re:constitution fellow and visiting scholar at the Hertie School in Berlin working on how data can help prevent Rule of Law backsliding. She has previously worked as policy expert including serving as a policy adviser to the UK government,…

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Jan van Zyl Smit

Biography Dr Jan van Zyl Smit joined the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law as a Research Fellow in 2013. Much of his work at the Centre has focused on the use of legal frameworks to foster and protect the independence of the judiciary. He is the author of The Appointment, Tenure and Removal of Judges under Commonwealth Principles: A Compendium and Analysis of Best Practice  and was involved in the development of the Cape Town Principles on the Role of Independent Commissions in the Selection…

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Mat Tromme

Biography Mat Tromme joined the Bingham Centre in April 2015 to lead the Centre's Sustainable Development and the Rule of Law Programme. His areas of expertise and work covers asset recovery & return, grand corruption, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such, Mat regularly blogs about asset recovery and corruption. He is based in Brussels, where he is responsibe for raising the Bingham Centre's profile and engaging with various relevant stakeholders. In that capacity,…

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Ulysses Smith

Biography Ulysses is Director of the Business and the Rule of Law programme and a Senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. He is a New York based lawyer and currently runs Telos Governance Advisers, which advises businesses, governments and not-for-profits on issues of governance, Rule of Law, development and human rights compliance.  He was previously a senior associate in the New York office of UK-based law firm Linklaters LLP, where he practised as an attorney…

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Sara Razai

Biography Dr Sara Razai joined the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in 2020 as a Research Fellow in Judicial Independence and Constitutional Transitions. An expert in empirical research on the judiciary, her research has fed into policy-making and she has provided different actors and stakeholders with policy recommendations and programmatic responses at national and international levels. At the Bingham Centre, Sara is working on the research project Special Processes for the Reassessment…

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Ellis Paterson

Biography Ellis Paterson joined the Bingham Centre as a Research Assistant in the Rule of Law in October 2018. She is currently working towards her LL.M. in Public Law at the London School of Economics. Upon graduating from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Laws in 2015, she moved to Tokyo, where she taught English for two years. She returned to the UK to pursue her academic and research studies and has since been involved with various voluntary organisations committed to access…

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Michael Olatokun

Biography Michael is a researcher and project manager focused on exploring the connection between rights, citizenship and education. He leads the Centre's strategic area of focus on Citizenship and the Rule of Law. He is the Coordinator of 'The Rule of Law for Citizenship Education', a nationwide programme in which young people are taught about the rule of law and human rights. As a result of the success of this work, Michael was asked to join the Solicitor General's Public Legal Education…

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Lucy Moxham

Biography Lucy Moxham joined the Bingham Centre in January 2012 as a Research Fellow in the Rule of Law. She holds a MA Law Degree (first class honours) from the University of Cambridge and a BCL Master's Degree from the University of Oxford, where she focused on human rights law and international development. Lucy completed the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School and a two-year training contract at Clifford Chance LLP, including time on secondment to the human rights organisation…

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Murray Hunt

Biography Murray Hunt is the Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. He has a lifelong interest in the ways and means by which the values a society considers fundamental attain and keep a special normative status, how that special status can be reconciled with a commitment to representative democracy, and how to get practitioners and theorists to talk to each other about these questions so that practice is informed by theory, and theory informed by practice. From 2004 to 2017,…

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Oliver Garner

Biography Dr. Oliver Garner is the Brexit Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He holds a B.A. in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, and an LL.M. in Comparative, European and International laws and a Doctorate in Laws from the European University Institute (EUI). His Ph.D. thesis analyses the constitutional mechanisms for Member State withdrawal and opt-outs from the European Union. His work has been…

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Ronan Cormacain

Biography Dr Cormacain is senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is leading the Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation Project. This aim of this project is a systematic analysis of all Government Bills to assess whether they comply with Rule of Law principles. Dr Cormacain was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland, has an LLM in Human Rights from Queens University Belfast, and an LLM from the University…

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Tufyal Choudhury

Biography Tufyal Choudhury is a Senior Research Fellow on National Security and the Rule of Law at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is supporting the Independent Commission on UK Counter-Terrorism Law and Policy. He is also an Associate Professor at Durham Law School and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Canadian Terrorism, Security and Society Research Network. His work focuses on issues of human rights and counterterrorism,…

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Julinda Beqiraj

Biography Dr. Julinda Beqiraj is the Maurice Wohl Senior Research Fellow in European Law. She works on a number of projects, including one on the role of the rule of law in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and one on barriers and solutions to access to justice across jurisdictions. She is also involved in the organization of Bingham Centre events on these issues. Julinda also works as an expert consultant for the Council of Europe, Commission on the Efficiency of Justice…

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Harry Weinrebe Memorial Lecture: Inclusivity and the Law

EVENTS Annual Harry Weinrebe Memorial Lecture: Inclusivity and the Law: Do We Need to Prohibit Class Discrimination? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details This year, the Harry Weinrebe Memorial Lecture will celebrate Human Rights Day by highlighting the key cross-cutting human right:…

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Breathing Space - Guidelines for the resolution of disputes in the 2020 pandemic

EVENTS Breathing Space - Guidelines for the resolution of disputes in the 2020 pandemic Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details BIICL's "Breathing Space" series considers how the legal and business communities might respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to foster economic recovery.…

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29th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop on Theory in International Law

Online 29th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop on Theory in International Law:  Celebrating the 'Historical Turn': International Law in Global Histories Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in collaboration with the Society of Legal scholars       Event details Over the last two decades,…

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Reviewing the Review: What Needs to Change at the International Criminal Court?

EVENTS Reviewing the Review: What Needs to Change at the International Criminal Court? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 30 September 2020, the Independent Expert Review (IER) of the International Criminal Court submitted its final report assessing the work of the Court, a review which had…

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The UK, European Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Seventy Years of the ECHR and Twenty Years of the HRA - A Time for Celebration?

WEBINAR The UK, European Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Seventy Years of the ECHR and Twenty Years of the HRA - A Time for Celebration? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with  Event Details This webinar is being held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human…

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BIICL Statement on Amendments to the UK Internal Market Bill

BIICL welcomes amendments made to the UK Internal Market Bill The British Institute of International and Comparative Law welcomes amendments made to the UK Internal Market Bill on Monday 9 November by the House of Lords that have removed a proposed power for Ministers to legislate "notwithstanding" international law. The proposed power amounted to a repudiatory breach of international obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement, a treaty which the UK freely entered into earlier this year. Compliance…

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The Rule of Law in the technological age

EVENTS The Rule of Law in the technological age Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with:      Event Details We are living in an age of profound technological advancements, where artificial intelligence (AI) - the development of systems that simulate human intelligence - has increasing…

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Improving racial justice and equality through education

EVENTS Improving racial justice and equality through education Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Equality is a key component of the Rule of Law. Despite this, a series of recent commissions, reviews and inquiries have made clear that the lived experience of many black Britons is…

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Safeguarding London’s Standing in International Dispute Resolution: The Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in Practice

EVENTS Safeguarding London's Standing in International Dispute Resolution: The Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in Practice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In collaboration with    Event Details Baroness Hale of Richmond, former President of the UK Supreme Court in conversation with Razia…

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Peace Day 2020 Live Global Digital Experience

ONLINE   Peace One Day Live Global Digital Experience  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Supported by The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Event Details This full-day online experience celebrating peace will be a global event, bringing together artists, thought leaders and international speakers.…

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Prosecuting in the public interest: Independence without isolation

WEBINAR Prosecuting in the public interest: Independence without isolation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC In conversation with Razia Iqbal Event Details In navigating the unprecedented events of the past six months, the work of the CPS has remained firmly rooted…

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Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises: Protecting Rights and Saving Lives

WEBINAR Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises: Protecting Rights and Saving Lives Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details Governments around the world have limited individual freedoms to control the spread of COVID-19, preserve health systems and protect human lives. To safeguard the rule of law, these…

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What Does The Rule of Law Mean For My Online Life?

EVENTS What Does The Rule of Law Mean For My Online Life? Who Targets Me and What Does It Mean For My Rights? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The Bingham Centre and the City of London are excited to be teaming up to run an event on technology, democracy and the Rule of Law. Whilst…

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BIICL wins funding for new Rule of Law, Legitimacy and COVID-19 Control Technologies project

BIICL is delighted to be announced this week as one of the funding winners of the 2020 Call for Proposals by The Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI). The project : Rule of Law, Legitimacy and Effective COVID-19 Control Technologies, aims to produce a systematic overview of challenges posed by specific mobile applications that can be continuously updated and accessible to policy makers, together with a methodology to assess publicly contentious control technologies against…

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Part 3: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus

WEBINAR Part 3: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In Partnership with Webinar Series Details This event is the third in a series of three webinars States around the world have struggled to come up with the best legislative response to the coronavirus pandemic. Although…

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Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Covid-19

PARTNER EVENT Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Covid-19 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The celebrated former Supreme Court judge, Jonathan Sumption, used last year's Reith lectures to warn that "law's expanding Empire" was encroaching onto contentious fields where things are better…

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Part 2: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus

EVENTS Part 2: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In Partnership with: The Theory and Practice of Legislation    Webinar Series Details This event is the second in a series of three webinars States around the world have struggled to come up with the best…

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Black Lives Matter "On the Buses": Laws Mandating Face Coverings on Public Transport

The Black Lives Matter movement has forced us to re-appraise what in the past we may have taken for granted. The 1970s British sitcom "On The Buses" was popular at the time, but to our eyes now seems sexist and racist. We need to take a hard look at current practices to examine if they are fair and respect equality and diversity. The Rule of Law requires equality before the law. The Venice Commission Checklist  on the Rule of Law reiterates this requirement of equal treatment…

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Coronavirus, Face Coverings on Public Transport Regulations: A Rule of Law Analysis

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 prohibit the use of public transport unless a person is wearing a face covering. This basic policy is sound, rational and to be welcomed. However, there are several Rule of Law concerns. Sound law-making procedures are not being followed because of the continued use of the 'urgent procedure' to make a law which bypasses normal parliamentary scrutiny. The one day turnaround between…

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The Rule of Law in Times of Health Crisis

The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, in partnership with the Global Health Academy of the University of Edinburgh and the Advocates for International Development's ROLE UK Programme, has developed a seminal paper on The Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises. The authors, Dr Julinda Beqiraj , Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci and Nyasha Weinberg at the Bingham Centre and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and Dr Luciana Brondi of the Global Health Academy, examine…

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Part 1: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus

WEBINAR Part 1: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In Partnership with:  The Theory and Practice of Legislation Webinar Series Details This event is the first in a series of three webinars States around the world have struggled to come up with the best legislative…

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Artificial Intelligence and Data Economy: A Business and Human Rights Approach

WEBINAR Artificial Intelligence and Data Economy: A Business and Human Rights Approach Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar Artificial Intelligence and Data Economy: A Business and Human Rights Approach    Event Details This is the second webinar in our series on 'Artificial…

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Investor Roundtable: Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action

EVENTS Investor Roundtable: Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event details As part of the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Alan Turing Institute are working on a project focused on how to ensure…

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Can I go to the park please Dad? Everyday lessons in legal certainty in the English Coronavirus Regulations

Published in the UK Consitutional Law Association Blog  This post analyses the changes made on 13 May 2020 to the coronavirus social distancing regulations for England. The criterion for analysis is the basic Rule of Law requirement of legal certainty. Certainty allows us to plan our actions, lets the police know what it is they should be enforcing, and most importantly stops us from inadvertently breaking the law. The very limited case-study is the question posed in many households…

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Rule of Law in Times of Health Crisis

The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law at BIICL will develop a consultancy paper on 'Rule of Law in Times of Health Crisis' on behalf of the A4ID Rule of Law Expertise Programme (ROLE UK). The ROLE UK programme focusses on building long-term partnerships between the UK legal sector and legal actors in developing countries to strengthen the rule of law and facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of the paper is to clarify the link between…

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POSTPONED: Prosecuting in the public interest: Independence without isolation

EVENTS POSTPONED: Prosecuting in the public interest: Independence without isolation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event details We are delighted to announce that the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Max Hill QC, will deliver a keynote speech on prosecutorial independence on Thursday 26…

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Coronavirus Bill: A Rule of Law Analysis (Supplementary Report - House of Lords)

The Coronavirus Bill is a response to a genuine public health emergency and contains the most sweeping powers ever taken by the UK Government outside of wartime.  There is absolutely no doubt that the Government needs to take swift and bold measures to protect citizens, and that some of these measures will unavoidably impinge upon personal liberties in a drastic way. The role of Parliament in scrutinising these measures is even more important during an emergency. Neither law nor…

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Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation - Coronavirus Bill

The Coronavirus Bill is a response to a genuine public health emergency and contains the most sweeping powers ever taken by the UK Government outside of wartime.  There is absolutely no doubt that the Government needs to take swift and bold measures to protect citizens, and that some of these measures will unavoidably impinge upon personal liberties in a drastic way. The role of Parliament in scrutinising these measures is even more important during an emergency. Neither law nor…

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Expert Roundtable: Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action

EVENTS Expert Roundtable: Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Alan Turing Institute are working on a project focused on how to ensure investors and asset managers have access to high-quality, accurate…

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The EU-UK Future Relationship and the Rule of Law

Executive Summary The EU and the UK have begun negotiating their future relationship. The two sides disagree over the structure of the agreement(s), the legal form of any commitments to maintain common standards, and dispute resolution. Each of these disagreements highlights the unprecedented nature of these negotiations: this is the first time the EU has negotiated an international agreement with a state after it has withdrawn from the EU through Article 50 TEU . The condensed timetable…

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Zimbabwe - Living on the edge

The Mike Campbell Foundation and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Presents: "Zimbabwe - Living on the edge" Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by the Bingham Centre and the Mike Campbell Foundation Event Details Living on the edge, without rule of law, is unimaginable to most people in the…

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Divergence and alignment: The Rule of Law implications of the future relationship with the EU

EVENTS Divergence and alignment: The Rule of Law implications of the future relationship with the EU Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details On Tuesday 25 February the EU published their negotiating directives for the future relationship following adoption by the Member States in…

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Human Rights Education 4 All: A Roundtable

EVENTS Human Rights Education 4 All: A Roundtable Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details On March 9th 2020 the Bingham Centre will host a meeting of the Human Rights Education 4 All Alliance. The Group has been working on producing consultation responses to government inquiries,…

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Rule of Law Measurement: Uses and Users

EVENTS Rule of Law Measurement: Uses and Users Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location        Event Details Hosted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in collaboration with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford this event is focused on thinking about how better…

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Is the rule of law too vague a notion to be monitored and enforced by the EU against backsliding Member States?

EVENTS Is the rule of law too vague a notion to be monitored and enforced by the EU against backsliding Member States? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with  Event Details The rule of law is considered as a driver of legitimacy in the EU and the Member States. However, its…

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The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and the Rule of Law

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB) is a Bill of paramount constitutional importance. The aim of this report is to examine a number of Rule of Law issues raised by the WAB. This report uses the Rule of Law checklist adopted by the Venice Commission in 2016 to inform its analysis of the WAB. These Rule of Law standards provide a guide to the core elements of the Rule of Law, for which consensus can be found amongst the 47 States of the Council of Europe. The Venice Commission's…

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42nd FA Mann Lecture: Preserving the Rule of Law in the Age of Trump

EVENTS 42nd FA Mann Lecture: Preserving the rule of law in the age of Trump Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details Chair Sir Christopher Greenwood GBE CMG QC Speaker Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School Professor Koh will be speaking on the topic…

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'The future of Europe' conference (Bucharest)

EVENTS 'The future of Europe' conference (Bucharest) former recently taking measures to protect judges from political influence. Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details Rule of Law backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe remains worrisome. Recently, the Venice Commission expressed serious…

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Appointment of International Judges and Arbitrators: Legality, Legitimacy and the Rule of Law

EVENTS Appointment of International Judges and Arbitrators: Legality, Legitimacy and the Rule of Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with International Law and Human Rights Unit  Event Details The backgrounds and professional qualifications of judges have become salient and contested issues…

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No Deal Brexit, Business and the Rule of Law

The profound changes that would accompany a No Deal Brexit will transform the legal environment in which business operates, from changing the terms of trade relationships in Europe, to the structure of regulation and the content of laws.  This paper explores the consequences for the Rule of Law for Business from these changes, by drawing on the perspectives of experts from the Bingham Centre's business network and other Brexit experts. Our interviews revealed that the search for…

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Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture

EVENTS Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture g Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details The Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture: 'Process of Discovery: What Brexit has taught us (so far) about Parliament, Politics and the UK Constitution' Delivered by The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons    …

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How to tackle Rule of Law backsliding in the EU?

Time: 9.30-11.30 CET (registration with coffee opens at 9.00) Venue: Info Point Europa - Schuman, Rond-point Schuman / Schuman Plein, Rue Archimède, 1 - B-1000 Brussels, Belgium There have been important developments and decisions taken in the past few months with respect to the Rule of Law in the European Union (EU). This includes, for example, the European Commission's proposal on the protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the Rule of Law, which would…

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