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The Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises

The COVID-19 pandemic has again highlighted the close links between authorities’ responses to a health crisis, and the rule of law.

To control the spread of the virus, and to preserve health systems and human lives, governments around the world have limited individual freedoms. They have taken measures ranging from collecting and processing private data, to general population confinement – including strict quarantine. Without pronouncing on their necessity or effectiveness, in...

Peer-to-Peer in Action: Reflections on Remote Working

Peer-to-peer interactions within the legal and judicial pro bono sector usually rely on face-to-face meetings and interpersonal interactions. Since the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the international legal and development sectors have been thrust into the world of remote working. This situation has provided an opportunity for A4ID’s ROLE UK Programme and its stakeholders to consider how day-to-day work can continue successfully online, particularly when facilitating meaningful...

Judicial Peer-To-Peer Learning To Strengthen The Rule Of Law: A Guide

Fair and effective judiciaries are central to strengthening the rule of law, ensuring equitable access to justice and upholding human rights. In many countries, judges and others working within the judiciary face complex challenges and receive limited training, support and professional development opportunities. Judicial Peer-To-Peer Learning To Strengthen The Rule Of Law: A Guide examines the value of facilitating peer-to-peer learning as a model for supporting judges and...

Maximising Technical Assistance to Improve the Rule of Law: A Guide

Legal and judicial experts from the UK and elsewhere can potentially play a very useful role in supporting efforts to strengthen the rule of law and access to justice in developing countries.

Peer-to-Peer Approaches for Pro Bono Rule of Law Support

This guidance note focuses on a specific type of approach to pro bono work; adopting ‘peer-to-peer’ approaches to the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience between UK legal and judicial experts and their counterparts in developing countries. Peer-to-peer approaches hold significant potential as a particularly meaningful and impactful subset of pro bono work. This paper provides guidance on how to realise this potential and sets out some challenges and recommendations for maximising the...

Peer-to-Peer in Action: A Case Study of SIFoCC

In 2018, ROLE UK supported a pair of assignments working with the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC), facilitating an incoming observation visit from judges from three jurisdictions to the UK, and subsequently their participation at the second SIFoCC conference in New York in September 2018. This activity was the first of its kind for SIFoCC, and represented a significant departure from ROLE UK's usual model of assignment support, which typically involves providing assistance to deploy UK pro bono expertise overseas.

Monitoring and Evaluation Toolbox

ROLE UK has produced a guide to the planning, delivery and monitoring of legal technical assistance, for use by legal and judicial experts delivering pro bono work in developing countries.

Pro bono and the Sustainable Development Goals: A guide for international law firms working with NGOs

This report provides guidance for pro bono providers on how to articulate, monitor and report on the ways in which their pro bono support is contributing to international development, with the aim of assisting firms in maximising this contribution. The guidance note is of particular relevance to law firms working with NGO clients.

The report, using the findings from a review of Clifford Chance’s pro bono work for NGOs to identify where learning from international development may help...

Aligning Pro Bono with the SDGs: Lessons from the Field

On 22 October 2018, as part of Global Pro Bono Week, ROLE UK, a DFID funded programme of A4ID and Clifford Chance LLP partnered to host an event on "Developing an SDG-centric Pro Bono Programme: Opportunities and Challenges".

Improving the Rule of Law: Mapping the UK Legal Pro Bono Sector

The international pro bono sector in the UK is complex. It is made up of a diverse set of players with different reasons for doing pro bono, different ways of going about it and different partnerships through which to deliver it. What they all have in common, however, is a desire to improve the rule of law internationally: an objective shared with the UK government that funds A4ID's ROLE UK Programme that works with pro bono providers in the UK to help them deliver impactful technical...

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