""The greatness of nations is shown by their strict regard for human rights, rigid enforcement of the law without bias, and just administration of the affairs of life."
Mary Burnett Talbert
IROLP supports projects which promote the rule of law both within countries and in the wider international legal order. We do this through funding or conducting a range of activities and projects including research, colloquia and other events.
British Institute of International and Comparative Law
In particular, IROLP supports the programme of activities based at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). BIICL is an independent research institute and charitable organisation specialising in international and comparative law. It is unique in the United Kingdom and one of the foremost bodies of its kind around the world. The Institute is renowned for its applied research, events, training and publications (see the BIICL website for further details).
Opportunities to support BIICL include:
- making an unrestricted donation to the BIICL fund to support core priorities
- donations to support the establishment of new BIICL Fellowships.
Further information is available on the BIICL donations webpage.
Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law was founded by BIICL in December 2010 to honour the work and career of Lord Bingham of Cornhill, a great judge and passionate advocate of the rule of law. The Centre seeks to:
- Provide an intellectual framework to define and implement the rule of law as a universal and practical concept;
- Highlight threats to the rule of law;
- Produce high quality studies and training on rule of law issues, drawing on comparative examples and seeking practical outcomes;
- Support capacity building and promote a wider appreciation of the rule of law among governments, decision makers and the wider public; and
- Demonstrate how the rule of law upholds respect for human dignity and enhances economic development and political stability.
On June 16 2016, we held a joint event with the New York City Bar Association International Law Committee, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Foreign Policy Association on the topic, 'Does the use of Comparative Law compromise the Rule of Law?'. This question was discussed by the Hon Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court, and Lord Jonathan Sumption from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, facilitated by Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, Founding Director of the Bingham Centre. Thanks also to Lexis Nexis for their support for the event.
You can see a video of the discussion at the following here.
Arthur Watts Fellowship in Public International Law
BIICL is also home to the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellowship in Public International Law. This was founded in memory of the late Sir Arthur Watts QC, one of the leading international lawyers of his generation. Its purpose is to ensure that the practical application of public international law is permanently at the heart of the work of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Further information is available on BIICL's Watts Appeal webpages.
IROLP may also choose to raise funds for research and projects by other similar bodies providing these are consistent with IROLP's goals.
To be eligible for consideration for a grant from IROLP:
- the potential Grantee must describe in writing its intended use for the Grant and to agree to use the Grant only for such purposes;
- we must be satisfied that the intended use of the Grant would be exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that no part of the funds will be used for any purpose inconsistent with our status as a tax-exempt organization; and
- the potential Grantee must agree to provide a written report on how the Grant was used.
For further details on how to apply for a grant from IROLP, please contact Patricia Ambrose.