From 3-7 September, more than 700 international legal professionals will gather in Rome to exchange views about sustainability and how they can contribute to a more sustainable business for their clients at the 57th International Young Lawyers’ Congress. Organised under the theme ‘Sustainability and the Law: Planet. People. Future’, the event seeks to become the first sustainable AIJA congress.
Manuela Cavallo, chair of the organising committee, said: ‘Through this year’s AIJA Congress we aim to learn more about sustainability, but also apply it and offer others the opportunity to do the same. The Organising Committee is keen for the topic of sustainability to be profiled beyond the academic programme.In short, we have set an ambitious goal to organise the first sustainable AIJA congress, in commitment towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals’.
A group of 23 Nordic law firms has already announced their commitment to support the congress under the initiative called ‘Nordic Law Firms for Sustainability‘. We now invite other law firms to sign up – in partnership with the congress – to support our sustainability goals this year.
This type of partnership aims to approach sustainability as an integrated part of the way this year’s congress is organised and rolled out. It focuses on three key main areas:
- Achieving carbon neutrality. This year, participating law firms can support the congress in its efforts to offset the event carbon footprint through a tree planting programme with Italian sustainability start-up, Treedom. The trees will be strategically planted to contribute to reforestation activities where they’re most needed around the world.
- Ensuring sustainability awareness. Participating law firms can bring sustainability to life by directly supporting green initiatives during the congress, including green branding, mobility, reducing food waste, or sustainable catering.
- Providing quality education for the young legal profession. This year’s congress will focus not only on giving back to the planet, but also offering a strong academic content. Sessions will address a number of topics covered in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to enhance awareness around the issues of the profession and the business of law in relation to sustainability.
The partnership entails sponsorship and is open to any law firm, whichever the jurisdiction. Other type of organisations can also contribute. To take part, your company can send an email to the organisers and the team will shortly get in touch.