Human Rights Tools That Impact Thousands of Lives


Photo: RWI’s Senior Researcher Radu Mares speaking at the “Developing a Human Rights Tool Box” seminar. Joachim Lundgren Photography

The law firm Mannheimer Swartling and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute are conductinga five-day human rights seminar this week in Stockholm.

The aim of the project is to support lawyers around the world who are working to strengthen the protection of human rights.

Rolf Ring“This seminar is another way for the institute to foster the interface between theory and practice,” says RWI’s deputy director Rolf Ring. “Private practicing lawyers form an important part of the administration of justice chain and serve as a guarantee that access to justice and fair procedures are upheld in local jurisdictions. Together with Mannheimer Swartling, we have provided substantive human rights training to over 100 lawyers from around the world who have returned to their countries and used their new tools to impact thousands of lives.”

This year’s “Developing a Human Rights Tool Box” seminar has two sub-themes, fair trial and sustainability. It’s the ninth year in a row the course takes place.  The “toolbox” is meant to enable and develop the participants’ work with human rights.

The participants are practising lawyer from around the world. The week-long seminar covers a number of human rights themes. The participants also have made study visits to the Swedish Bar Association and a district court.

A number of different groups have led seminars and workshops during the week, including Centrum för rättvisa (Center for Justice), the MacArthur Justice Clinic at the University of Mississippi School of Law, and International Bridges to Justice of India.

Mannheimer Swartling’s participation in this week-long human rights training is part of the firm’s sustainability work.