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Rule of Law panel with Lady Hale & Baroness Helena Kennedy – Pro Bono Week Committee

November 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Register at https://ruleoflaw2023.eventbrite.co.uk

Commencing in 2020 and helmed by Lady Hale and Baroness Kennedy, the Pro Bono Week Rule of Law series has been exploring what we mean by rule of law, the public perception of legal rights and lawyers, and the future of the rule of law in the UK.

We are very grateful to Gray’s Inn for kindly hosting the in-person element of this Pro Bono Week event.

Arrive from 5:00pm (In person attendees only)

Panel runs 5.30pm until 7.00pm. (In person and on Zoom)

There can be few times in the modern history of the UK where the Rule of Law has remained at the forefront of public attention and discussion for such a sustained period – whether it is government seeking to restrict judicial review, the backlog in the court system, to some concerning narrative about lawyers practising in the immigration and criminal justice systems.

As important as that focus has been, it often leaves a hugely important question unanswered: where do we go from here?

Lawyers almost universally see the Rule of Law as fundamental, but that seems some way off outside of the profession? If we are to protect the Rule of Law (and drive an environment where upholding the Rule of Law is seen as non-negotiable), the public at large need to feel the same way.

Having considered this question previously, the panel will return to give an update on the “state of the union” of the Rule of Law in the UK. From there, we will turn to continue our debate on what can be done to begin to deliver this. Can the law, and justice be rebranded? Can businesses be made to care and champion the Rule of Law? What, or who might get the public to value access to justice?

Chair: Paul Hodkinson (Editor-In-Chief of Law.com International)

Panellists are:

  • Joshua Cameron (Managing Director, FTI Consulting)
  • Baroness Hale of Richmond (former President of the UK Supreme Court)
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy KC (Director of the IBA Human Rights Institute)
  • Roger Leese (Partner, Clifford Chance; Chair, Advocates for International Development)
  • Abiodun Michael Olatokun FRSA (Campaigner, academic and lawyer)

Register at https://ruleoflaw2023.eventbrite.co.uk


November 13, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Hybrid: in person and streamed online


Pro Bono Week Organising Committee