For further information about Hogan Lovells, the Bingham Centre and the Investment Treaty Forum, please see below.
Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice that helps corporations, financial institutions, and governmental entities across the spectrum of their critical business and legal issues globally and locally. The firm has over 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 40 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.
Hogan Lovells offers:
- an exceptional, high quality transatlantic capability, with extensive reach into the world's commercial and financial centers;
- particular and distinctive strengths in the areas of government regulatory, litigation and arbitration, corporate, finance, and intellectual property; and
- access to a significant depth of knowledge and resource in many major industry sectors including energy and natural resources, infrastructure, lifesciences and healthcare, telecommunications, media and technology, financial services, consumer, real estate and hotels and leisure.
Our practice breadth, geographical reach, and industry knowledge provide us with insights into the issues that affect our clients most deeply and enables us to provide high quality business-oriented legal advice to assist them in achieving their commercial goals.
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law (the Binhgam Centre)
Founded in 2010, the work of the Bingham Centre has already demonstrated the need for a body solely dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the rule of law worldwide, which:
- provides an intellectual framework to define and implement the rule of law as a universal and practical concept;
- highlights threats to the rule of law;
- produces high quality studies and training on rule of law issues, drawing on comparative examples and seeking practical outcomes;
- supports capacity-building and promotes a wider appreciation of the rule of law among governments, decision makers and the wider public, and
- demonstrates how the rule of law upholds respect for human dignity and enhances economic development and political stability.
Investment Treaty Forum
In 2004 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law established a centre for investment treaty research and policy discussion - The Investment Treaty Forum. This Forum builds on the Institute's existing activities in the fields of public international law and international commercial arbitration. It aims to provide a serious depth of debate in a field of law which is rapidly expanding and in need of authoritative comment. It does so by sharing the reputation enjoyed by BIICL for independence, even-handedness and academic rigour, and by drawing on the expertise of Forum and Institute members.
The Forum aims to facilitate debate amongst lawyers, senior business managers, policy advisers, academics, government officials and other specialist practitioners. It conducts public discussions for all of those interested in this field, and provides additional benefits to Forum Members to ensure value for money. For example, one fundamental role that the Forum will be able to play is the encouragement of dialogue with state representatives. Clarifying states' rights and responsibilities under bilateral investment treaties will produce greater legal certainty for investors and practitioners.