Join the 24-hour rule of law webathon

We're co-hosting a 24-hour webathon dedicated to addressing the challenges to the rule of law worldwide. The UK will kick this off with a rule of law discussion on Tuesday 4 May 2021 at 3pm (GMT).

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The rule of law is the fabric of society. It safeguards:

  • human rights
  • contributes to economic opportunities
  • ensures sustainable development
  • protects fundamental freedoms

24-hour rule of law webathon

For this event, we're joining forces with organisations including:

  • Union Internationale de Avocats (UIA)
  • American Bar Association – Section of International Law (AIJA-SIL)
  • International Association of Young Lawyers – Human Rights Committee (AIJA HRC)

The event will run from 4 May 2021 at 3pm (GMT) to 5 May 2021. There will be 12 rule of law panels from across the globe streamed live from a YouTube channel.

Take a look at the scheduled live streams

Find out more about the rule of law webathon (PDF 95 KB)

The UK rule of law colloquium

The UK will kick off the webathon with a rule of law colloquium on 4 May 2021 at 3pm (GMT).

We will discuss the:

  • rule of law and the importance for strong judiciaries
  • significance for foreign policy
  • impact on economic development
  • relevance for tackling corruption
  • effects of the pandemic


  • Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce
  • The Right Honourable Justice Robin Knowles CBE
  • Her Honour Judge Joanna Korner CMG, QC of the International Criminal Court
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office legal adviser Sir Ian Macleod
  • Former lord mayor of London and former Law Society president Dame Fiona Woolf
  • LexisNexis executive vice president and general counsel Ian McDougall

Moderated by:

Christoph Sicking, deputy general counsel for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and chair of the Law Society’s International Committee.

Live stream the rule of law webathon

The UK rule of law colloquium live stream:

Date: 4 May 2021
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Cost: free
Location: online

Take a look at the other scheduled webathon live streams

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