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Rule of Law 2030

Why does the Rule of Law matter to Hogan Lovells, our clients and civil society?

A society built on the Rule of Law is good for business. Our research shows that multinational enterprises prefer to invest in states which are politically stable, where there is due process, legal certainty, transparency and low levels of corruption. And it is not just foreign investors who benefit from these things, so does civil society, particularly its poorest members. 

Around the world, governments, businesses and civil society are mobilising to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.  One of these goals (SDG 16) is dedicated to the promotion of the Rule of Law – to creating peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.  Hogan Lovells has been working to achieve these goals for years. Rule of Law 2030 is a new initiative to maximise our future impact in this area by forming strategic, sustainable partnerships with businesses around the world.

What is the Rule of Law?

In its simplest form, the Rule of Law means that "no one is above the law". It is the foundation for the development of peaceful, equitable and prosperous societies. For the Rule of Law to be effective, there must be:

• Equality under the law

• Transparency of law

• An independent judiciary

• Access to legal remedy

We use this formulation, first developed by LexisNexis, as our working definition.

  • What is the Rule of Law?
  • Rule of Law 2030
  • Background: Our empirical research and alignment with the UN Global Compact

Equality under the law

Modern Slavery Research Project (for Pacific Links and ECPAT UK)

We are doing research on the legal framework for Victims of Trafficking from Vietnam in some European transit countries as well as in the protection systems in each. We are doing research in Poland, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic (in...

Transparency of law

Assisting in Somalia's accession to the WTO

Hogan Lovells is providing ad hoc legal advice to Somalia's Ministry of Trade & Industry on the country's accession to the World Trade Organisation. The project is expected to ensure sustained economic growth and development in the post-conflict ...

Accessible legal remedy

Supporting the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA) in Nigeria

The firm is actively involved in the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA) in Nigeria. The AYA team, led by president and founder, Aboyomi Okubote, is made up of young lawyers seeks to develop young arbitrators and to "give them a face in the...

Accessible legal remedy

Supporting the Royal British Legion

We are the only UK law firm to have a dedicated pro bono programme that specifically supports veterans in War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Tribunals. Representation at tribunals involves undertaking advocacy, preparing submissions and...

Equality under the law

Providing gender based violence training for lawyers in the Balkans

We led capacity building on human rights and access to justice for victims of domestic violence in the Balkans and their legal representatives. We worked with the Balkans Regional Rule of Law Network to provide gender based violence training to...

Equality under the law

Empowering Girls and Women initiative

As well as being signatories to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles, we have a firmwide Empowering Girls and Women initiative to address gender-based violence (GBV) and to support educational and work-related opportunities for girls and women....

Equality under the law

Strategic litigation to categorise FGM as torture

Hogan Lovells has brought a case to have FGM categorised as torture by either the UN Committee Against Torture or another UN committee. This case aims at obtaining an interpretation of the law on torture which is consistent with the fundamental...

Equality under the law

Reviewing and revising mining regulations in Rwanda

Through the International Senior Lawyers Project, the firm assisted the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Republic of Rwanda (MINIRENA) with reviewing and revising its mining law and mining regulations to align them with Rwanda’s mining...

Transparency of law

Monitoring the Mexican Criminal Justice System

The firm is working with "Monitoring of Public Prosecutor's Agencies" a project from México Unido contra la Delincuencia, A.C. ("MUCD") that seeks to strengthen the procedures of the Accusatory Criminal Justice System in the agencies of the...

Equality under the law

Representing those affected by the U.S. travel ban

For more than a year, our lawyers have fought to protect immigrants, refugees, dual citizens, and others whose lives remain in the balance while the U.S. travel ban has been fiercely litigated and frequently revised.


Winner of Pro Bono initiative of the year for the "Empowering Girls and Women initiative" which seeks to address gender-based violence (GBV), including by assisting victims of trafficking with applications for compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

The Lawyer Awards


Highly Commended: Rule of Law and Access to Justice

Financial Times Innovative Lawyers


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