International development and human rights
“...An effective legal and judicial system is not a luxury but a key component of a well-functioning state and an essential ingredient in long term development.” James Wolfensohn – ex president of the World Bank.
Solicitors and the legal profession have a clear role to play in championing the values and concepts of Justice, Fairness, Equity and Legitimacy. We aim to promote the values and principles that underpin the legal profession by:
“Supporting the legal profession in upholding the rule of law, advocating access to justice and promoting and protecting Human Rights.”
The Law Society’s International Department has been carrying out externally funded project work for the best part of a decade. During this time we have received substantial grants from development agencies and government, and worked in partnership with bar associations/NGOs and governments overseas to deliver projects which promote and protect human rights; support the rule of law and access to justice; and encourage economic development. See below for examples of some of our International work.
Our involvement in such projects can take many forms. This can range from: working with local NGOs in managing direct service delivery, the provision of short and long term expert consultancy work; research and policy recommendations to government; delivery of training and seminars for lawyers and the legal profession.
We undertake this work because we believe that upholding the rule of law, advocating access to justice and promoting and protecting human rights serves both the interests of our members, and the legal profession globally, and we believe that it is in the common interests of the legal profession throughout the world to promote the public interest role that lawyers can and should play in society.
Making legal institutions accessible and responsive to all, including the underprivileged is a central challenge to the legal profession. We believe that lawyers have a key role to play in helping to build and establish lasting structures processes and institutions that are built on the values and principles that underpin the legal profession.
Were you unable to attend our careers event on 'how to become a human rights lawyer?'
Worry not! Please find our brochure for the event here.
Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff spoke to BBC World Tonight and BBC Radio Five this week about the human rights issues surrounding efforts to deport the radical cleric Abu Qatada.
You are cordially invited to the Prize Giving event of the 2013 Graham Turnbull essay competition. This will take place on 8 May at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, London.
The competition is run by the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society. It is named after Graham Turnbull, a British solicitor who was killed in 1997 while working as a United Nations human rights monitor in Rwanda.
Make sure you keep up to date with the Law Society's human rights work.