The Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

7 December 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5JP


Naina Patel, Barrister at Blackstone Chambers and former Senior Justice Adviser to the Helmand PRT
Dr Lutz Oette, Lecturer in Law, SOAS
Elham Saudi, Solicitor and Director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya
Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC, Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House



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'The rule of law' is a phrase much used but little examined. In his acclaimed book, Tom Bingham distilled eight conditions which capture its essence, and explained why it remains the best means yet devised for securing peace and cooperation. The speakers at this event will reflect on the application of the Bingham conditions to recent rule of law efforts in three contrasting countries - Afghanistan, Libya and South Sudan - from the different perspectives of government, civil society and academia. They will also consider the appropriateness of these conditions as objectives for rule of law efforts outside of Western democracies.