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Albania – Sir Henry Brooke Honoured

At a recent award ceremony in London, Sir Henry Brooke, retired President of the Slynn Foundation, was made a Knight of the Order of Skanderberg, one of Albania’s highest honours. It was presented by the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr Bujar Nishani, in recognition of Sir Henry’s many activities with and contributions to […]

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Bulgaria

Sir Stanley Burnton and Sir Stephen Silber visited Sofia in March at the request of the British Ambassador. This was a 3 day scoping trip to ascertain the extent to which the Foundation may be able to assist the Bulgarian judiciary with training and peer to peer support. A very full programme of visits was […]

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Albania – High Court Seminar

The Foundation was delighted that Lord Phillips kindly agreed to attend and speak at the annual seminar organised with the Albanian Chief Justice and held in Tirana in February. Lord Phillips was accompanied by Sir David Latham and Aaron Baker of Durham University. The topic, chosen by the Chief Justice, was the approach of the […]

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OPT – Human Rights Manual

As part of its earlier project and with help from EUPOL-COPPS and the FCO, the Foundation, in conjunction with the Bristol University Human Rights Centre, has now finalised its training manual, Building Human Rights into Practice. This is to assist Judges and Prosecutors on the application of Human Rights Law in the administration of criminal […]

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Eritrea

At the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and with support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Peter Cresswell made a further visit to Asmara in December. During his 10 day stay he undertook a series of meetings including with the Chief Justice and other members of the Court of Final Appeal (Supreme […]

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Bahrain

In December Sir David Keene made a further visit to Bahrain. This visit built on the previous work undertaken y Sir David and other representatives of the Foundation and had two elements. Firstly a two day seminar, the objective of which was to explore the permission to appeal process used in the Court of Appeals […]

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Bahrain

The Foundation continued its cooperation with Beyond Borders in supporting a UK study visit for Leadership Judges from Bahrain. The Foundation provided a series of seminars including ones on the selection process, roles and responsibilities, and training of judges, the relationship between the judiciary and administrators and judicial reform, fast tracking and automated court systems.

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Albania

Sir Stanley Burnton and Sir Robert Owen attended a Conference and Opening of the Academic Year in Tirana, which included the graduation ceremony for the new judges. It was an excellent opportunity to meet the new British Ambassador in Tirana and his new Deputy Head of Mission, and discuss their priorities for the coming year […]

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Albania

In June, Sir David Latham visited to discuss what would be needed in the coming year and the support the Foundation could provide for the judicial reform programme. These included meetings with Greg Riley Smith, a UK prison Governor seconded to a twinning mission concerned with improvements to the prison system in Albania, and with […]

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Bahrain

A scoping visit to Bahrain in May carried out by Sir Robin Auld, Sir David Keene and Peter Risk. In the course of this visit, the team met members and staff of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), the body with responsibility for the judiciary in Bahrain, the Judicial Inspectorate, the Minister of Justice, the Civil […]

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Slynn Foundation Debate – April 2016

Over 100 people attended our Annual Event, which this year took the form of a highly topical debate on the subject “Referenda are Foreign to the British Constitution”. The debate was chaired by The Rt Hon Sir Patrick Elias with The Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton and Peter Kellner CBE FBA proposing and Professor Vernon […]

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Albania

We have successfully completed another busy year of our on-going project in Albania Highlights of this year include continuing to support the constitutional reform programme including a two-day round table for the High Court.This covered a range of subjects including the EU Charter of Fundamental Human Rights, a description of the reference process, general practice […]

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Bahrain

Working with Beyond Borders Scotland, Sir Robin Auld, Sir Stanley Burnton and Sir Henry Brooke provided a series of seminars for a delegation from the senior Bahraini judiciary. The topics included judicial ethics and independence, disciplinary measures, the complaints procedure, enforcement of judgements and a final question and answer session covering a wide range of […]

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Oman

In January, in a new venture for the Foundation, Sir Colin Mackay and Amanda Pinto QC visited Oman to train the judiciary on anti-corruption cases and judge-craft. The visited was arranged in collaboration with Beyond Borders and in conjunction with the FCO and the Omani Judiciary. 15 Omani judges attended from across the country and […]

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Eritrea

In an exciting new venture for the Foundation and at the invitation of the Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Peter Cresswell recently visited Eritrea. His visit comprised a full programme of meetings with senior judges, Ministers including the Minister of Justice and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General, the Head of the […]

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Macedonia

Sir Robin Auld visited Skopje at the request of the Macedonian Centre for Legal Research and Analysis (CLRA) and funded by the British Embassy in Skopje to advise on two CLRA’s projects, one on the development of a reliable and comprehensive indicators matrix for tracking the progress for judicial reform in Macedonia and the second […]

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Sir Henry Brooke Retires as President

The Foundation held a reception in Inner Temple to mark Sir Henry Brooke’s retirement as President of the Foundation, a position he held since 1999. In this time, Sir Henry worked tirelessly to expand the reach and depth of the Foundation’s work and the reputation it now enjoys is in large part due to his […]

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2015 Slynn Fellowships

In order to show broad support for the lawyers and the Ukrainian Bar Association, the decision was taken by the Trustees that the 2015 Slynn Fellows would be selected from the Ukraine. The Ukrainian Bar Association conducted a wide-ranging and thorough exercise to assist in the Foundation’s selection. Following this process, the Foundation is pleased […]

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Second Open Forum

Our 2nd Open Forum “Does human rights law mean that the days of national boundaries are numbered?” took place on Monday 23 March 2015. The event was chaired by Dominic Grieve QC MP and the speakers were Lord David Pannick QC, Sir Maurice Kay and Kirsty Brimelow QC. It was a very successful evening and […]

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Macedonian Delegation

In March, the Foundation hosted a judicial delegation from Macedonia, including the Deputy Minister of Justice and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. An intense programme was arranged for them by Sir Robin Auld and included discussion sessions, visits to the RCJ, the Old Bailey, the Judicial College and Middle Temple and Gray’s Inn. […]

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OPT – Delegation to London

Following a four day visit by Roger Venne QC and Keith Budgen CBE to the West Bank during January 2015, the Foundation hosted a return delegation from OPT to look at ways in which the efficiency and fairness of the criminal court system in OPT might be improved. This study tour combined visits to Westminster […]

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Albania

Sir David Latham visited  Tirana in July, to explore the possibility of the Foundation being involved in more substantial discussions on judicial reform in September.  During this visit he met the President of the Republic, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the EU Ambassador to Albania and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Justice Committee, […]

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Human Rights Training OPT

Sir Henry Brooke and Jonathan Cooper OBE made a three-day visit to the OPT  in August.  They held a series of high level planning meetings on the topic of introducing human rights law training for judges and prosecutors at the Palestinian Judicial Institute, which will take place in December 2014.   This visit was particularly […]

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Workshops in Ramallah

The Foundation ran a series of workshops for the Palestinian Judiciary in Ramallah, covering the relationship between the Judiciary and the Executive, Prosecutions in England and Wales and the appropriate rôle and responsibilities of a Ministry of Justice. These were funded by the EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS)  

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Occupied Palestinian Territories

The Foundation was invited by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at the request of the Attorney-General to undertake a scoping visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories to assist in the advancement of Rule of Law work there. The Foundation and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law then submitted a joint funding bid for […]

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Funding Bids Successful

We are very pleased that our funding bids for our work in Albania and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have been successful. The funding for Albania comes from the FCO’s Reuniting Europe Fund and means that we will be able to continue into the fifth year of our project in Albania. We are very excited about […]

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Annual Lecture

This year the Foundation’s annual public event for 2014 took the form of an Open Forum on the topic, ‘Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Human Rights and the Future’. It was generously hosted by the European Commission’s London Office and held in their Conference Room in Smith Square, London. Further information can be viewed here.

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The work of the Foundation featured in a documentary shown on Albanian TV

The work of the Foundation was featured in a documentary shown on Albanian TV. The programme consisted of interviews with the President of the Foundation, Sir Henry Brooke and Eduard Halimi, Minister of Justice, Ardiana Fullani, Justice of the High Court, Joaqin Urias, EURALIUS Team Leader, Max Haxhia, Chairman of Lawyers’ Chamber and Nicholas Cannon British Ambassador. […]

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Sir David Latham visited Tirana to discuss the next phase of the Judicial and Legal Assistance Project

As part of this he began exploring the possibilities of visits to London from the Chief Justice and representatives of the Serious Crimes Court. He also began discussions on the possibility of training being provided to representatives of the albanian Supreme Court.

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Sir Robin Auld travels to Ukraine

Sir Robin Auld travelled to Kyiv at the invitation of the Deputy Prosecutor General’s Office. During the course of this three-day visit he met the Heads of the Justice agencies and discussed the possibility of futire collaboration.

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Sir Henry Brooke, Sir David Latham and Sir Brian Neill meet the Palestinian Minister of Justice

Sir Henry Brooke, Sir David Latham and Sir Brian Neill met the Palestinian Minister of Justice and other Ministers for two hours on their visit to London. Sir Henry later participated in a three-hour Round Table discussion of comparative justice systems which was chaired by the Attorney-General in a room off Westminster Hall. Sir Henry […]

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The Foundation appointed its first Executive Director, Alison Fenney

The Foundation appointed its first Executive Director, Alison Fenney. A qualified barrister, she has held senior management posts including Head of Policy at the Refugee Council and Director of Advocacy at the International Development organisation, CAFOD.  

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Funding in Albania

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed it will be funding the Foundation’s new project on Judicial and Legal Assistance in Albania for 2013-14  

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Lots happening in Albania this month

Judge Hatton and District Judges Ashton and O’Regan conducted two one-day interactive workshops on judicial conduct at the Magistrates’ School. David Anderson QC and David Scannell conducted a two-day seminar on EU Law and Practice at the Magistrates’ School. Sir David Latham and Sir Henry Brooke had meetings with the Minister of Justice, the new […]

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Mark Tempest, a nominee of the Foundation, spoke at a conference in Riga

Mark Tempest, a nominee of the Foundation, spoke at a conference in Riga on “Commensurability of human rights and conception of coercive preventive measures”. The conference proceedings were observed by Paul Randolph and Ruth Eldon on behalf of the Foundation

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Latest from our London office

The Foundation hosted a four-day visit to London by the Director and three professors from the Albanian Magistrates’ School who were studying British methods of training and testing for the School and for the judiciary. Sir Henry and Sir David Latham hosted a dinner during the visit. Sir Henry Brooke met Judge Duŝan Ciḿo, a […]

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Simon Grenfell and Martin Speller CBE on a four-day scoping visit

His Honour Simon Grenfell and Martin Speller CBE paid a four-day scoping visit to Erbil, the principal city in Iraqi Kurdistan, to recommend modernisation plans for the newly built Court complex in that city.  

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