The Foundation believes that one of the ways to achieve lasting change and build fruitful reciprocal relationships in a wide range of countries is to work with young judges and lawyers. A small number of able, well trained individuals can have an enormous impact in countries which are trying to implement legal reform and many of the past recipients of Slynn Fellowships have gone on to hold senior roles in legal firms, academia and their respective governments.
The Slynn Fellowship offers a valuable opportunity for young, promising lawyers selected by our trustees from those countries in which the Foundation has current projects, to spend time working in London at leading city firms and barristers’ chambers and sitting with serving judges. The Foundation selects two candidates who are interested in international practice including commercial law, EU law and/or human rights law and practice. Through its contacts the Foundation constructs a tailor-made programme for the Fellow, taking account his or her area of interest. To date there have been 17 Slynn Fellowships awarded to young lawyers coming from Finland, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Serbia, Albania and Bulgaria. Read their stories below.
During the outbreak of COVID-19 it was not possible to offer fellowships. Instead the Trustees decided to support a worthy charity with the funds (please see our 2021 report below). The Foundation is currently looking at new ways to invigorate the programme for 2023/24.