The Rule of Law is part of a broader set of democratic values that no society can afford to take for granted. The world was starkly reminded of this two weeks ago when rioters invaded the Capitol building in Washington DC and attempted to disrupt the formal ascertainment and ratification of the US Presidential election result.
The need for vigilance about Rule of Law threats has rarely been so apparent. Fortunately, we are seeing the birth of important new initiatives to identify and respond to such threats. In this Weekly Update, we bring you Bingham Centre analysis of the new EU Rule of Law mechanism that has been incorporated in the EU budget for 2021-2027. We also share new research on the dynamics of deliberate Rule of Law 'back-sliding' by the governments of some EU member states, and a report on highly concerning provisions in the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill, which is currently before the House of Lords.
The start of 2021 also marks the launch, within our own organisation, of our new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy The Bingham Centre forms part of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), which has adopted this policy after an extended period of reflection and dialogue to place equality, diversity and inclusion at the centre of all BIICL activities, including, research, events and training. In our own work, this is a commitment to increased vigilance and progressive action to overcome barriers that perpetuate racial and other kinds of inequality and injustice.