International law

Intellectual Property Rights Over Seeds in Developing Nations

Author(s): 
Teresa Anderson
This talk, given at our Intellectual Property Knowledge Group, looks at how intellectual property rights are affecting agriculture in the developing world

This talk from Teresa Anderson of The Gaia Foundation considers how intellectual property rights over varieties of seed used by farmers is affecting agriculture in the developing world.

Teresa Anderson is international advocacy officer for the African Biodiversity Network at the Gaia Foundation.

Arms Trade Treaty: Regulating the brokers

The global conventional arms trade is highly complex, involving states, companies and individuals across jurisdictions with contrasting laws and regulations.  To function it relies on the activities of arms brokers.  

Without strong provisions to regulate brokers, the Arms Trade TreatyA treaty is a formal agreement made between two or more countries or international organisations. (ATT) will be ineffective.  Unscrupulous brokers will continue to exploit loopholes and facilitate deals contrary to the aims of the proposed ATT.

An Introduction to Development Finance Institutions

Author(s): 
Rhianydd Griffith and Matthew Evans
Law firm: 
Reed Smith LLP
This legal guide outlines the operations of Development Finance Institutions, their purpose, and the challenges they face.
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:

A Development Finance Institution (DFI) is a body which seeks to plug the gaps in financial investment left by the private sector, with a view to fostering economic development within the countries in which they operate.  This legal guide provides an overview of the purpose of DFIs, how they go about fulfilling that purpose, the difficulties they encounter in doing so, their structure, and the metrics they use to measure the impact they have on developing economies.

Climate Change Liability

Author(s): 
Richard Lord QC
This presentation, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, looks at developments in climate change liability.
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In this presentation, Richard Lord QC considers the future development in climate change liability, and how the mere prospect of liability might shape the legal and political response to climate change.

Richard Lord is a commercial litigator with over twenty five years’ experience, particularly of international disputes in the Commercial Court and in arbitration. 

Human Rights and Climate Change

Author(s): 
Dr Stephen Humphreys
This presentation, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, looks at the role of international courts as a forum in which to demand climate change justice.
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In this presentation, Dr Stephen Humphreys explores how the landscape of litigation might change as a result of international courts being increasingly seen as a forum in which to demand climate change justice.

Dr Stephen Humphreys is a Lecturer in International Law at the London School of Economics.

The Arms Trade Treaty

Author(s): 
Dina Mahmoud
Date produced: 
10 July 2012
This legal guide provides an overview of the history, feasibility and scope of a potential international Arms Trade Treaty.
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:

The Arms Trade TreatyA treaty is a formal agreement made between two or more countries or international organisations. (ATT) refers to the legally binding international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional weapons, as established by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).  This legal guide outlines the origins of the ATT negotiations and discusses the potential for a realistic treaty, outlining its scope and proposed framework and considering the future development and outcome of current negotiations.

Children's rights: A guide to strategic litigation

Author(s): 
CRIN
This report considers the use of strategic litigation in advancing children's rights.

This report has been produced by the Child Rights Information Network to help those working toward the advancement of children's rights to understand what strategic litigation is, and to consider using the law in the courtroom as an option for effective advocacy. The report is aimed at legal and non-legal NGO staff and can be adapted to local settings and procedures.

 

 

Value for your money - Impact investing in the developing world

17 July 2012

Date: 17 July 2012
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: White & Case LLP, 5 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1DW

Impact investing aims to not only generate a financial return but also to support businesses that have social or environmental benefits, or both.  

Children as rights-holders, seen and heard: child rights in the developing world

16 July 2012


Date: 16 July 2012
Time:6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue:CMS Cameron McKenna LLP,Mitre House,Mitre House,EC1A 4DD

In recent years significant progress has been made to reduce the number of children dying before their fifth birthday and increase the number of children attending primary school. However, these efforts will always be hampered if malnutrition during childhood means children can never fulfil their potential into adulthood, or if preliminary education is cut short by early marriage and child labour.

Public participation in Bangladesh's response to climate change issues

Author(s): 
Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
This report examines public participation in Bangladesh's response to climate change issues.

This report examines whether the government of Bangladesh has managed to ensure public participation in climate change matters.

It provides an overview of the climate change issue in Bangladesh, considering what steps, policies and laws the government of Bangladesh has taken to tackle climate change and the role of public participation in these steps. It also analyses the right of public participation under the Bangladesh Constitution and its application by the government of Bangladesh.

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