There is a strong connection between business law, the rule of law and human rights. Our long-term perspective, our true partnership model, and our core contribute to a work environment where colleagues are encouraged to contribute their knowledge and time to issues in society.
The firm’s fundamental position to pro bono work is that Mannheimer Swartling shall contribute to those social projects where the firm can make a significant contribution. The foremost contribution that Mannheimer Swartling can make is that of our employees’ knowledge and time. This takes place within the framework of “Mannheimer Swartling in Society”, through which the firm conducts a number of different projects around the world.
These projects can be divided into three project types:
- Project where the firm’s employees within their various specialist areas will work directly with issues that relate to the rule of law, human rights, environment, worker conditions or anti-corruption and where the engagement contributes to social good as well as increased knowledge and experience for the employees; current examples for this category is the firm’s engagement with SOS Children’s’ Villages and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute.
- Project that refer to the rule of law, human rights, environment, worker conditions or anti-corruption where the firm’s contribution is legal advice in matters relating to, for example, corporate matters or contract matters, which indirectly will render the project’s continued existence possible and where the employee’s engagement will also at the same time contribute to professional development; current examples for this category is the firm’s engagement with Center for Justice and Situation Stockholm.
Research and education
An additional way that Mannheimer Swartling contributes to society is by actively working for knowledge to be spread outside of our own organisation. The firm has a long tradition of contributing time and experience in academic settings, and several of the firm’s employees contribute with regular teaching assignments at leading universities. Through our participation in different types of moot courts and seminars, Mannheimer Swartling contributes to law students – both in Sweden and elsewhere – being trained in practical applications within a number of legal areas.
Beyond these efforts, Mannheimer Swartling sponsors a scholarship that enables Chinese law students to participate in a Master’s programme in arbitration at of Stockholm University. Mannheimer Swartling also sponsors a number of professorships, such as the research position at the University of Oxford announced by the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law.
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