The BEARR Trust Annual Lecture 2016

The BEARR Trust 25th Anniversary Lecture – 7 June 2016

“25 years on:  the Rule of Law in Russia and the republics”

 Speaker: Professor Bill Bowring       index

The BEARR Trust is marking its 25th Anniversary by looking at key developments in our region over that period, and prospects for the future. This year’s Annual Lecture, kindly hosted once again by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN, was held on 7 June 2016.

Professor Bill Bowring is a leading expert on our region, teaches international law and human rights at Birkbeck College, London, and is a practising barrister. His latest book is Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia: Landmarks in the Destiny of a Great Power (Routledge 2013), of which copies were available at the lecture. (For more about Professor Bowring, see below).

The lecture was followed by a reception, allowing for further discussion and networking with others with an interest in the field.

To read the report of the lecture click here.

The BEARR Trust is a UK-based organisation set up to help children and other vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. We believe the best way to do this is to help small NGOs in the region to build knowledge, know-how, skills and contacts including with those doing similar work in the UK.

Through its projects and investments, the EBRD, owned by 64 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, supports the development of market economies and democracies.

The lecture is free, and all are welcome. However, this is The BEARR Trust’s main fund-raising event of the year, and guests are invited to make an advance donation of £25 per person.  All proceeds go towards BEARR’s work to support health and welfare and to strengthen civil society through our Small Grants Scheme.


Professor Bill Bowring

Bill Bowring teaches human rights and international law at Birkbeck College, University of London. His first degree was in Philosophy, from the University of Kent. He has been at Birkbeck since 2006. He previously taught at the University of East London, Essex University and London Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre, Essex University, and a visiting professor at Oxford University, Université de Paris X, Nanterre, and Northampton University.

He was called to the Bar in 1974, and practises from Field Court Chambers, Gray’s Inn. As a practising barrister, he has represented applicants before the European Court of Human Rights in many cases since 1992, especially against Turkey and Russia. Bill has over 100 publications on topics of international law, human rights, minority rights, Russian law and philosophy. His latest book is Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia: Landmarks in the Destiny of a Great Power (Routledge 2013).

 He is the founder in 2003 and Chair of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC); a Trustee of the Redress Trust (working for reparation for torture survivors) since 1992; a founder and Executive Committee member of the Bar Human Rights Committee; a Trustee of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights; International Secretary of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers; and a founder in 1993 and President of the European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH), with members in 18 European countries.