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Fundraising gala dinner to honour Sir Roy Goode’s contribution to international law


Sir Roy steps down as head of The United Kingdom Foundation for International Law and hands over to Ronald DeKoven

London 11 June, 2013 – The United Kingdom Foundation for International Law is to raise funds for its scholarship programme with a gala dinner, honouring founder Sir Roy Goode CBE, QC, FBA and Emeritus Professor of Law at Oxford University, for his extraordinary contribution to the field of international law.

Since creating the Foundation back in 2005, Sir Roy has raised funds for 20 scholarships for postgraduate law students - 11 at UNIDROIT in Italy, three at the University of Oxford and six at the University of Cambridge. This year, at the age of 80, Sir Roy hands the Foundation’s baton over to New York lawyer and English barrister Ronald DeKoven.

The event, which hopes to raise £100,000 on the night, will take place at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge on Thursday, October 17. Its patrons include three eminent members of the judiciary: The Right Honourable Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; The Right Honourable Lord Mance, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; and The Right Honourable Lady Justice Arden, DBE, Justice of the Court of Appeal.

Money raised from previous events has already had a life-changing impact on the lawyers granted scholarships. One of the recipients is 32-year-old Jarrod Hepburn, who is currently pursuing his doctorate of philosophy in law, specialising in domestic law in international investment arbitration.

Mr Hepburn said: “The Foundation’s assistance has greatly enhanced my prospects both in research and in teaching. My students have greatly appreciated my international outlook on a core subject of domestic law, and I credit that totally to the Foundation’s support.”

Sir Roy Goode said: “When we launched the Foundation eight years ago, the vision was to provide funding to equip young legal scholars with the knowledge and training to help them develop as future leaders in the field of international uniform law.

“To date, the Foundation has supported 20 postgraduate lawyers in furthering their uniform law education, and I’m certain with Ron at the helm that the Foundation’s sterling work in supporting the next generation of lawyers coming through will continue.”

Ronald DeKoven said: “I am honoured to be asked to serve on the Foundation's board.  Sir Roy has done an outstanding job in creating and nurturing the Foundation. The new board faces a significant challenge. We will certainly do our best to meet that challenge.”

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