International law

Regulating the real weapons of mass destruction

A4ID provided lawyers for a Legal Response Network, formed by Oxfam and the Control Arms campaign.

The need for an Arms Trade TreatyA treaty is a formal agreement made between two or more countries or international organisations.

A4ID Seeks Lawyers for Disaster Risk Reduction Project

A4ID is seeking pro bono lawyers / Masters or PhD law students to help The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) compile a report on the international state of affairs regarding Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) legislation.

The report will cover the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Russian Federation, St. Lucia, Tajikistan and Yemen.

Impact Investing and the Acumen Fund

Author(s): 
Vinay Nair
This presentation, given at our Responsible Business Knowledge Group, discusses the philosophy behind impact investing, and the work of the Acumen Fund.
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In this presentation, Vinay Nair discusses the philosophy behind impact investing, and the work of the Acumen Fund.

Vinay Nair is on the business development team at the Acumen Fund.  He is a former Executive DirectorA director is responsible for the day-to-day management of a company. Directors are also primarily responsible for the company’s business plan. at J.P. Morgan London, taking a sabbatical to work on microfinance and social enterprise, primarily in India. 

Impact Investing: Legal Considerations

Author(s): 
Tim Wood
This presentation, given at our Responsible Business Knowledge Group, outlines the legal assistance required in impact investing and general issues in seeking international impact investment.
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In this presentation, Tim Wood of White & Case LLP discusses the legal assistance his firm provided Nexii when setting up the impact exchange. He also examines some general issues with impact firms looking for international investment.

Tim Wood is an associate in the firm’s Banking & Capital Markets Group in London, whose work includes giving advice on private equity vehicles targeting investments in less developing regions.

Strategic Litigation

Author(s): 
Ben Schokman, Daniel Creasey, Patrick Mohen
Law firm: 
DLA Piper
This legal guide explains strategic litigation; what it is, when to apply it, and how to do so effectively
Disclaimer: 
This publication provides general information and comments on the subject matter covered and is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject. It is not intended to provide legal advice, and readers should not rely on it but seek specific legal advice before taking any legal action with respect to the matters discussed.

Description:

Strategic litigation is litigation with a particular purpose: to advance an agenda broader than one specific case, usually aimed at effecting systemic change. This can be either by setting legal precedent, or by drawing attention to the case as a method of highlighting perceived injustice.

This legal guide provides a short overview of what strategic litigation is, under what circumstances it might be appropriate to pursue it, and what must be considered before embarking on it.

The difference a word makes: the use of unequivocal language in the ATT

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) must contain the strong and unequivocal language of “shall” or “shall not” which makes clear the obligation to act or refrain from acting in specific ways. This is particularly important if certain types of transfers based on arms transfer criteria are to be prohibited, as this language clearly determines the content of the obligation. It is only then that strong and unequivocal obligations on States Parties will be created.

The State of Child Rights

Author(s): 
Ashley Dunford
This presentation, given at our Socio-economic Rights Knowledge Group, child rights in the context of child survival, focussing on nutrition.
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In this presentation, Ashley Dunford of Save the Children discusses the current state of child rights in the developing world, what we can do to promote them further and why this is important for child survival.

Ashley Dunford is a policy advisor for child survival at Save the Children UK focusing on issues relating to legislative and policy frameworks for child survival, with a particular focus on the right to health.

Juvenile Detention and Justice

Author(s): 
Professor Carolyn Hamilton
This presentation, given at our Socio-economic Rights Knowledge Group, considers the challenges of protecting children's rights within the criminal justice system.
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This presentation from Professor Carolyn Hamilton of the Coram Children’s Legal Centre considers the issue of juvenile detention and access to justice in the context of the implementation of the UN ConventionConventions are international agreements formed between states to create a universal set of rules and procedures. on the Rights of the Child.

Carolyn is DirectorA director is responsible for the day-to-day management of a company. Directors are also primarily responsible for the company’s business plan. of International Programmes and Research at the Coram Children’s Legal Centre, a charity specialising in law and policy affecting children and young people.

 

CRC Complaints Mechanism: Access to justice for children

Author(s): 
Patrick Geary
This presentation, given at our Socio-economic Rights Knowledge Group, provides an overview of the new complaints mechanism attached to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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This presentation from Patrick Geary of the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) tackles the new complaints mechanism attached to the CRC.

Patrick is a legal consultant for the Child Rights International Network (CRIN), a global network for children's rights. CRIN monitors children’s rights globally and campaigns for social and legal change through the UN mechanisms.

 

Protecting Farmers' Rights Using Foreign and Domestic Laws

Author(s): 
Dr. Mike Adcock
This presentation, given at our Intellectual Property Knowledge Group, explores how international and domestic laws can protect farmers' rights in developing countries.
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 This presentation from Dr. Mike Adcock of Durham University explores how international and domestic laws can protect farmers' rights in developing countries.

Dr Mike Adcock is a Lecturer at the Durham Law School, Durham University where he lectures on Intellectual Property and Biotechnology and the relationship between science, law and bioethics.

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