ROLE UK emphasises a collaborative approach to strengthening the rule of law. We share evidence and lessons learned from our own assignments as well as promoting development best practice tools.

Story of Change: Value of Partnerships in Abolishing Death Penalty in Malawi

6 June 2022

In 2007, the Malawi High Court abolished the mandatory death penalty for murder and treason in the case of Kafantayeni and Others v. Attorney General . Following this ruling, judges were allowed to consider mitigating factors, such as a person’s prior criminal record, mental illness, drug or alcohol intoxication, age, trauma, and “ sincere belief in witchcraft ” at the time of the crime, when deciding on the sentence for murder and treason....

The Rule of Law in Health Crises: Protecting Individual Freedom during the COVID-19 Pandemic

30 September 2020

On 17 September, Advocates for International Development (A4ID), the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the University of Edinburgh Global Health Academy jointly delivered a high-level virtual event to highlight the close links between authorities’ responses to health crises and the rule of law.

Based on the findings of the recent paper, The...

“One Gains As Much As One Gives”: Exploring the Value of Judicial Peer-to-Peer Learning

26 August 2020

On the 16 July, Advocates for International Development (A4ID) and the Judiciary of England and Wales co-hosted a virtual roundtable discussion to launch the ROLE UK Programme’s guide on Judicial Peer-to-Peer Learning to Strengthen the Rule of Law . Expert judges and a range of other stakeholders from across the world convened to share experiences and explore the value and...

Monitoring & Evaluation Methods for Trainings

6 July 2020

On 18 June 2020, Advocates for International Development (A4ID) premiered its ROLE UK Programme workshop on ‘Monitoring & Evaluation Methods for Trainings’. Introducing effective strategies for evaluating the impact of capacity building activities, this interactive workshop is specifically designed for legal and development specialists who plan and deliver legal training activities.

The workshop highlighted the role of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in project...

A Celebration of International Pro Bono: Facilitating Cross-Sector Collaboration to Achieve Lasting Change

27 November 2019
A4ID’s ROLE UK Programme recently brought more than 60 stakeholders from across the legal, judicial, government and development sectors together for ‘A Celebration of International Pro Bono’. The evening showcased the successes of a selection of international pro bono partnerships facilitated by the ROLE UK Programme, with speakers from Allen & Overy LLP, Strengthening Families for Abandoned Children (SFAC), the Judicial Office of England and Wales and iProbono. A highlight of National...

Empower, Engage, Sustain: Building New Partnerships in Asia

1 October 2019

In September 2019, A4ID’s ROLE UK Programme took part in the eighth annual Asia Pro Bono Conference held over three days in Kathmandu, Nepal. This year’s theme, ‘Justice for All: Empower – Engage – Sustain’, perfectly embodies A4ID’s and the ROLE UK Programme’s work to mobilise legal pro bono expertise and harness the law to ensure no one is left behind on the path to achieve the global agenda for sustainable development.

The conference hosted around 650 participants from...

Rule of Law: The Great Enabler

24 July 2019
On 3 July, ROLE UK officially launched the programme’s new phase, which will run from April 2019 to March 2022, managed by Advocates for International Development (A4ID) and funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). Moderated by Yasmin Batliwala, A4ID CEO, speakers included Charlotte Hull, Head of the Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption (GOSAC) unit at DFID; Mr Justice Robin Knowles CBE, High Court Judge and Chairman of the International Committee of the Judicial...

The Importance of Soft Skills in Delivering Training - A Judicial Focus

4 March 2019

When lawyers and judges deliver legal training internationally, the outcome of these assignments does not only derive from the legal and technical expertise provided. Success and impact are also a result of the ability of legal experts to understand their audience and adapt to the different legal, cultural and social environments that surround them. International legal experts should focus on the development of soft skills such as adaptability and communication to provide more effective training.

What is the Value of a Network for Pro Bono Legal Assistance?

17 December 2018

At the recent 2018 PILnet Global Forum, ROLE UK’s panel discussion, 'The Value of a Network', explored the opportunities and challenges of a country-focused multidisciplinary network for legal pro bono.

Supporting the Rule of Law: How Can UK Pro Bono Legal Technical Assistance Help Internationally?

7 December 2018

As part of Global Pro Bono Week 2018, and in an effort to bring people together and encourage collaborative working, ROLE UK invited four of its assignment partners – Equal Rights Trust, Bar Human Rights Committee, Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC), and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) – to deliver presentations on their work and the impact of ROLE UK support.