Former Prime Minister of Jordan to speak on rule of law challenges in the Middle East

2 December 2014

Former Vice-President of The International Court of Justice and Former Prime Minister of Jordan, Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, will tonight provide a unique insight into the challenges of developing rule of law in the Middle Eastern region when he delivers the Bar Council's Annual International Rule of Law Lecture.

Judge Al-Khasawneh served as judge of The International Court of Justice for twelve years from 2000 to 2011 and was the Court's Vice-President from 2006 to 2009. In October 2011, he resigned from the court to become the Prime Minister of Jordan.

This is the eighth Annual International Rule of Law Lecture to be held since it was started by the International Committee of the Bar Council in 2007, and aims to give those in the legal profession an opportunity to hear from leading international experts on major current international rule of law issues.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council, said: 

"We are delighted to welcome Judge Al-Khasawneh as guest speaker to share his insights on the rule of law in the Middle East. There is probably no other region in the world which is currently the focus of so much attention in terms of its precarious rule of law situation.

"The Bar Council is committed to increasing the part it plays in upholding the rule of law in the UK and around the world. Our work includes promoting the international expertise of the Bar abroad and liaising with international organisations to develop the regulation and professional standards of the legal profession.

"We are proud that these annual lectures have become such a successful part of the Bar Council's international work. We hope that these lectures inspire members to reflect more deeply on issues affecting the rule of law around the world and hopefully, as a result, to consider participating in rule of law-related projects."



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