IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Room 233, Level 2

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Reversing the Rule of Law deficit in Europe: how commercial law firms can help
Room 233, Level 2
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European Regional Forum (Lead)


RuleOfLawThe Rule of Law is vital in the European Union - one of the fundamental values upon which the E.U. is based. But lately it has been threatened by many events.

What role can commercial law firms play in supporting the Rule of Law in wider civil society? If you are a lawyer working for corporates, have you ever experienced the emerging need to address Rule of Law issues from the aspect of your client? 

This area may be very new and at some points scary for lawyers not trained and used to work with individuals, not being used to addressing Rule of Law issue and not being close to human right issues in their daily work. 

The panel in this session will discuss the Rule of Law related journey of commercial law firms working in the business and corporate environment, you may find out that you deal with human rights issues even if you have never thought about it that way, we will have an interesting insight to the approach of the United Nations and we will set the picture for the near future with an aim to help commercial law firms moving forward on this journey. 

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Ludger Schult LARK, Munich, Germany; Vice Chair, European Regional Forum


Jelena Guduric United Nations, Rule of Law Unit, New York, New York, USA
Mikolaj Pietrzak Warsaw Bar Association, Warsaw, Poland
Viktória Szilágyi Lakatos Köves and Partners, Budapest, Hungary; Chair, Central Regional Group, European Regional Forum