The Rule of Law Webathon is a full day of panels spanning continents and time zones and addressing aspects of the Rule of Law.

– Perspectives on the Rule of Law: Impact on Sustainable Development

– Closing the Opportunity Gap: Overcoming Economic and Social Inequalities Through the Rule of Law


Wednesday, May 10th, 2022,

13:00 GMT // 15:00 CEST // 9:00am EDT

“Perspectives on the Rule of Law: Impact on Sustainable Development”

The advancement of the Rule of Law at the national and international levels is essential to achieving economic growth and sustainable development. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the 2012 United Nations Declaration on the Rule of Law. Building on the Declaration, UN Member States placed the Rule of Law, justice, and human rights at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. However, the implementation of the broadly accepted concept and definition of the Rule of Law has faced challenges in certain parts of the world. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, expanding conflicts, and escalating impacts of climate change threatening global prosperity, pose critical global challenges. To overcome those challenges, we need to advance universal adherence to the Rule of Law. An international expert panel will discuss current challenges to the Rule of Law, the differing perspectives, how failure to adhere to the universal principles of the Declaration impedes economic growth and sustainable development, and how societies are strongest when development is anchored in democracy, justice, human rights, and the Rule of Law.


Luis Almagro
Secretary General, OAS


Judd L. Kessler
President, IABA
Jean Michel Arrighi
Secretary of Legal Affairs, OAS.
Irina Paliashvili
Founding Member and Managing Partner at Ukrainian Legal Group
Sydney Sanches
President of the Institute of Brazilian Lawyers


Lourdes Venes
-Attorney-at-Law, Lima, New York, and District of Columbia Bar.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022,

05:00 GMT // 07:00 CEST // 1:00am EDT

“Business and Human Rights Developments: From the UN Principles to Due Diligence Laws”

The panel will address the UN principles on Business and Human Rights, self-regulation policies and national plans, and the transition to due diligence legislation and the challenges on the implementation of the principles and the new legislation, compliance and enforcement issues, as well as the importance of a joint effort from both public sector and private sector in advancing those principles.


Dante Pesce
Executive Director Vincular Center at PUCV-Chile, Member Working Group on Business and Human Rights for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Co-led the implementation of the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Emily Sims
Senior Specialist in the ILO Program on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.
Louis Buchman
Attorney-at-Law, Paris and New York Bar.
Hanns-Christian Salger
Attorney-at-Law, Frankfurt and New York Bar.


Stéphane Navacelle
Attorney-at-Law, Paris and New York Bar.
Lourdes Venes
-Attorney-at-Law, Lima, New York, and District of Columbia Bar.

The Webathon is open and free to everyone

This year’s 24-hour Rule of Law Webathon will focus on how economic and social development interrelates with the Rule of Law. Through this lens, the programs will address issues such as access to justice; rise of authoritarianism; climate change; women’s rights; the plight of refugees; civil liberties and fundamental freedoms; forced labor; independence of the judiciary and the legal profession; and freedom of the press. The twelve panels will span continents and time zones, with each panel addressing different aspects of the challenges related to the Rule of Law as a key factor of economic and social development. Each panel will be hosted and led by a legal society or bar association.

Our pledge to the Rule of Law inspires us to celebrate and defend it in every corner of the world. Find your topics, find your time zones, but most importantly, find your passion and join your fellow lawyers across the globe in learning about, promoting and defending the Rule of Law.

Translate »