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The Legal Path to Sustainable Development: Law & Development Training 2020

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A4ID’s law and development training programme provides in-depth knowledge of the issues at the nexus of law and sustainable development.

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A4ID’s flagship annual law and development training programme provides lawyers and development professionals with an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities at the heart law and sustainable development, and how these relate to their everyday work.

Our new 2020 programme covers topics spanning the different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explores how the law can be harnessed to reduce poverty, promote equality and protect the environment.

Our trainers are experts in their respective fields with legal, development or academic backgrounds. Our panel includes experts from the World Bank, Chatham House, the Overseas Development Institute, King’s College London, Clifford Chance LLP, Tax Justice Network and ClientEarth, among others.

Why take this programme?

  1. With just 10 years left to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is critical that the potential role of the law and lawyers in driving progress towards the SDGs is realised.
  2. The private sector is increasingly integrating the SDGs into their business practice in order to better manage their risks, build positions in growth markets, and strengthen their supply chains. As companies seek advice about the legal and regulatory implications of aligning themselves with the goals, the SDGs are fast becoming an emerging area of practice for lawyers to provide responsible advice to corporate clients.
  3. Equally, the SDGs provide an effective framework for law firms to evolve toward a more strategic approach to pro bono work. The programme’s last module will provide participants with cutting edge development tools to promote strategic, demand-led pro bono legal assistance and ensure that this work has a lasting positive impact.
  4. Building knowledge of the bigger picture means that lawyers will deepen their understanding of and familiarity with key development issues and their legal contexts; thereby increasing their standing within the legal community and becoming more valuable to their firms.

Who is it for?

A4ID’s highly interactive programme is aimed at experienced lawyers and development professionals who wish to harness the law to reduce poverty, spur economic growth and preserve our planet. You need a legal background and the critical skills to apply your knowledge to a new area.

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Module One: Harnessing the Law to Eradicate Poverty

Saturday 25 January 2020

The first session of the programme puts international development into context. The session will examine the persistence of global poverty and inequality within the framework of the SDGs, and consider the role of the law and legal institutions in supporting international development efforts.

After an initial introduction to the SDGs, participants will learn how promoting socio-economic rights can help to alleviate poverty, and in particular, the importance of land rights in addressing global hunger.

Speakers will include Farooq Ullah, Stakeholders Forum and Ruth Kelly, University of York

Module Two: Peace and the Rule of Law

Sunday 9 February 2020

Module two examines how strengthening the rule of law helps to promote peace and stability in developing countries. Michael Woolcock of the World Bank will discuss the need for strong, accountable and transparent institutions in developing countries to uphold the rule of law. Meanwhile, Dr Sarah Bracking of Kings College London, will analyse the impact of political corruption on peace and development.

Participants will study how corruption drains vital financial resources, which might otherwise fund economic and social development, and analyse the modern meaning and manifestations of corruption, as well as the impact of corrupt regimes and corrupt private sector actors on achieving the SDGs.

Speakers include Michael Woolock, World Bank and Dr Sarah Bracking, Kings College London

Module Three: Putting People First - Legal Mechanisms to Reduce Inequalities

Saturday 7 March 2020

Module three addresses the legal and development challenges in realising the different SDGs that directly relate to people: health, education, gender equality and access to clean water. The session will highlight the legal frameworks that can help to reduce inequalities in terms of access to health, quality education and clean water and sanitation, as well as legislation to enforce gender equality.

The first speaker, Robert Yates of Chatham House will examine the legal determinant of health and the provision of universal health coverage. Peter Newborne of the Overseas Development Institute will then review the three principal legal tools for formulating access to water rights, and consider the practicalities of bringing water infrastructure and access to marginalised communities in a low income country.

Equality Now’s Jacqui Hunt will discuss gender equality in law and practice, drawing on the NGOs advocacy experience, followed by Delphine Dorsi of Right to Education, who will explain the critical role of the right to education in sustainable development.

Speakers include Robert Yates, Chatham House, Peter Newborne, Overseas Development Institute, Jacqui Hunt, Equality Now and Delphine Dorsi, Right to Education

Module Four: Business and Human Rights - Prosperity for All

Saturday 28 March 2020

In areas with weak regulation, large-scale construction projects can result in significant environmental and social damage, with no recourse to justice for those harmed. This module will explore the Equator Principles, which were developed by the International Finance Corporation to manage and mitigate the social and environmental risks of projects and to promote responsible development.

Alongside the Equator Principles, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011, which have become the key reference for human rights conduct by companies globally. Being a soft law tool in nature, the UNGPs triggered several hard law regulations to be adopted by several EU member states, Australia, and partly the US in the recent years.

The module will depict key developments and trends in the field of business and human rights internationally and use a practical case study to consider how human rights issues arise in the course of business. Participants will be encouraged to think about how lawyers can assist businesses to manage their human rights risks, whilst taking into account their own professional, legal and ethical responsibilities.

Speakers include Helena Anderson, Ikigai Capital, Isabel Ebert, University of St Gallen, and Anna Kirkpatrick, Clifford Chance

Module Five: The Role of Law in Protecting our Environment

Saturday 25 April 2020

The UN climate change negotiations are amongst the most complex multilateral law and policy processes ever. Some developing countries lack the legal and technical capacity to participate meaningfully and effectively in those negotiations.

This practical module will consider how the demands of developed and developing countries may differ, and explore the role that lawyers can play in enabling negotiations, and in particular assist countries that are most vulnerable to climate change, yet often least equipped to cope.

The Paris Agreement set ambitious goals for global climate policy but national and regional policy and business and investment strategies need to align with these goals to make them happen. This module will also will look at how law can be used to drive the integration of climate-related financial risks into business and investment decisions, as well as legal opportunities to promote a circular economy.

Speakers include Pascale Bird, Legal Response Initiative, Joanne Etherton, ClientEarth and Maya de Souza, UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Module Six: Using the Law to Promote Sustainable Partnerships and Finance Development

Saturday 16 May 2020

The World Trade Organisation has been instrumental in trade liberalisation and globalisation, but its critics highlight the disproportionate benefits that have flowed to rich, developed countries and the marginalisation of the least developed. This module will focus on the trade system and how it impacts on sustainable development.

In addition, the module will explore why tax is fundamental for development and will outline what is being done to implement effective systems for tax collection and to close the mechanisms which enable tax avoidance and evasion.

Finally, participants will learn about the link between debt crises and development, as well as the opportunities and challenges that private sector technology presents for sustainable development.

Speakers include James Scott, Kings College London, John Christensen, Tax Justice Network, and Tim Jones, Jubilee Debt Campaign

Module Seven: The Sustainable Development Goals and Pro Bono in Practice

Saturday 6 June 2020

Situating pro bono legal assistance within an international development context, the final module of the programme will encourage participants to think about how they can develop more impactful pro bono projects that respond to the environment that they are operating in.

Drawing on the technical expertise of A4ID’s ROLE UK Programme, this module will introduce participants to a variety of development tools, including theories of change, the COM-B model for stimulating behaviour change among a target group, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks, which allow practitioners to measure the effectiveness of their pro bono assistance and build on the lessons learnt to improve future efforts.

Participants will also hear from Pro Bono Managers who have already begun to integrate the SDGs into their work. The insights provided by these case study firms will leave participants with a greater understanding of how their own work can contribute to the sustainable development agenda.

Prices and booking

You can book the full programme or individual modules. We offer a 10% discount for A4ID Legal and Development Partners. Contact events@a4id.org for your A4ID partner discount code.

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