11 December 2012
Thomson Reuters Foundation presented its 2012 TrustLaw Impact Award to Equality Now, Latham & Watkins and the Royal Bank of Scotland for the team’s work “to reform local legislation on sex trafficking of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East/North Africa.” Equality Now is an international human rights organization working to end discrimination against girls and women around the world.
Latham & Watkins and the Royal Bank of Scotland collaborated with Equality Now to research and analyze legislation implemented to combat the demand for prostitution and the associated issue of human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, in multiple jurisdictions across the MENA region. The project involved an analysis of applicable legislation in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates with a view to identifying gaps in the applicable legislative framework.
The Latham & Watkins cross-office team included attorneys from the firm’s Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and London offices. Dubai partner Anthony Pallett, who led the Latham team, said: “We are delighted to have contributed to this important project, working alongside the committed and talented lawyers at Equality Now and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Our research is designed to benchmark the legislative framework in the target countries against international standards, identify gaps in the relevant laws, and highlight reform priorities. We are immensely proud to have been part of this landmark research initiative and honored to receive this award.”
Awarded by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the TrustLaw Awards recognize “the best pro bono projects undertaken jointly by lawyers with NGOs or social entrepreneurs” in three categories: Impact, Innovation and Collaboration.
Watch a video produced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation showcasing the project.