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International rule of law

Respect for the rule of law and its principles is of the upmost importance to safeguard the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession. This is fundamental for establishing a reliable and credible judicial system that will have the required legitimacy for its effective operation. Lawyers are perfectly positioned to play a vital role in upholding the rule of law and human rights. They help in establishing and maintaining democracies, and in building prosperous economies due to their skills and position in society.

The Law Society's rule of law and human rights work attracts interest across the spectrum of its membership through its involvement in international projects and the engagement of established and aspiring lawyers looking for opportunities to contribute to the international work of the Law Society as well as to establish relationships with their colleagues abroad.

The Law Society recognises that the added value of its work lies in bringing together the expertise of our members towards public interest, rule of law and human rights work as well as standing in solidarity with fellow lawyers around the world.

The Law Society regularly receives project requests directly from foreign bar associations, its members, foreign lawyers, foreign Ministries of Justice, amongst others. These requests range from commercially focused initiatives to proposed human rights and rule of law projects. The rule of law portfolio and its associated programmes were developed so that the Law Society can respond in a more structured and consistent manner to the needs of its members, as well as the requests for assistance made by foreign bars and lawyers.

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ILAC Guatemala Judicial assessment

Sue Willman, Law Society Human Rights Committee member joins a team of experts on an ILAC judicial assessment mission in Guatemala

23 October 2017

Sue Willman*, Law Society Human Rights Committee member and Partner at Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors, joins a team of experts on an ILAC** judicial assessment mission to investigate the situation of the rule of law in Guatemala. Sue Willman is the Law Society’s delegate on this mission.

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Successful completion of the judicial training programme for judges and senior court officials from Kazakhstan

9 October 2017

On 22 September 2017, the Law Society held a reception to mark the end of the first judicial training programme for judges and senior court officials from Kazakhstan, which was implemented in collaboration with City Law School and INTO City.

The Law Society's reception with Kazakh judges of the Kazakhstan judicial training programme

9 June 2017

Read our blog on the networking reception held for 14 Kazakh judges on 5th June 2017. 

45 years of UK-China relations: dialogue on the rule of law must be strengthened alongside the UK’s increasing trade interests

13 April 2017By Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

A blog on the discussions held at the reception to celebrate 45 years of UK-China relations. 

Syria: A complex scenario for the legal profession, with a very small glimmer of hope?

10 April 2017By Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Read our blog on the Law Society’s work in support of the legal profession in Syria. 

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The Law Society's reception with Kazakh judges of the Kazakhstan judicial training programme

9 June 2017

Read our blog on the networking reception held for 14 Kazakh judges on 5th June 2017. 

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Interview with Stephen McNamara on the rule of law in Myanmar

10 April 2017

The Law Society interviewed Stephen McNamara, solicitor working on the rule of law in Myanmar.

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The Rule of Law International programmes

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For more information on the Law Society's Rule of Law International Programmes, read the leaflet below produced by the International department.

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