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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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Law Society participating at the 63rd UN-Commission on the Status of Women

6 March 2019

The first Law Society delegation participating at the 63rd UN-Commission on the Status of Women in New York

LS President and staff with Ugandan Delegation

Ugandan delegation visits the Law Society to exchange views on Diversity and Inclusion and on the Rule of Law

5 November 2018

On 29 October 2018, the Law Society welcomed a delegation from Uganda at the Law Society as part of a study visit of England and Wales.

The Law Society welcomes delegates from the India-UK Legal Exchange Programme

21 February 2018

On Friday 16 February 2018, a group of legal professionals and aspiring law students from India visited the Law Society. 

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Launch of ILAC Guatemala Judicial Assessment Report

15 October 2018

Tuesday 6 November, 17:30-21:00, The Law Society, Chancery Lane

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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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Your contact is Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Lizzette Robleto

International Programmes Manager

Email Lizzette Robleto De Howarth


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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