At our joint event this week on The Rule of Law and Authoritarian Ascendance, co-convened with the New York City Bar Association, Professor Philippe Sands reminded us that the Atlantic Charter, agreed between Churchill and Roosevelt in the dog days of the Second War, laid the foundations for the multilateral, rules-based international legal order that, until relatively recently. prevailed. A video of the event, the first in a series of events exploring what should be the priorities as the United States recommits to international law and institutions, will be available on our website soon.
Two days later, at their meeting on the eve of this weekend's G7 summit, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed a new Atlantic Charter, pledging that the US and the UK will work closely together to solve global challenges in eight areas, including defending democracy, preventing future pandemics, and slowing climate change.
This renewed commitment to US-UK leadership on multilateralism and the promotion of shared values such as democracy and the Rule of Law are very welcome. But rhetoric is easy. The real test will be in the extent to which this renewed commitment translates into genuine global leadership to stand up for those important values.
That is why this week the Bingham Centre is launching a new appeal for funding: Stand Up for the Rule of Law: Get on Board for Bingham!
If, like me and the team at the Bingham Centre, you care deeply about the Rule of Law and want to do something to stand up for it in the face of current challenges, we'd be delighted if you would consider donating to this appeal. Just some of the work you'll be helping to support includes: building back better after Covid, restoring trust in democracy, teaching tomorrow's citizens and ending modern slavery.
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We hope that you will join us today in Standing Up for the Rule of Law.
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