To begin, begin — William Wordsworth
Whatever kinds of beginnings the famous English poet was thinking of, I think he must have been thinking of those which would remain mere ideas were it not for enthusiasm, dedication and support.
The beginning of this Student Division of Lawyers without Borders (LWOB) is one of these. It is the first in Australia, and to the best of my knowledge, in the Southern Hemisphere.
I’m humbled to be President and absolutely thrilled to be working with a team of incredibly talented people. I’m grateful to the staff at Melbourne Law School for their support in setting up this Division.
LWOB is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the Rule of Law through the channelling of pro bono services. LWOB’s efforts are seen all across the globe, especially in developing countries such as Liberia, Belize, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Kenya. They address serious human rights issues including human trafficking, terrorism, child labour and wildlife crime.
And what does the Rule of Law mean?
I don’t think it could be put better that this: “the clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.”
The Rule of Law is not a just a theoretical concept for the Lord Binghams of the world to amuse themselves with. It’s for everyone. It provides equality, stability and clarity in law. It requires the accountability of Governments.
The Rule of Law should be there for those who need the protection of the law.
That’s why we here. And we’re glad that you’ve joined us.
We hope you enjoy the events and opportunities along this journey — a journey we’ve just begun.