International law

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.

Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

Author(s): 
Virginia Tan
Law firm: 
Allen & Overy
Date produced: 
1 June 2012
This legal guide offers an overview of the functioning of a public-private partnership.
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:

This guide offers an overview of the functioning of a public-private partnership, including the parties involved, the agreement and the process. This paper also outlines the advantages and disadvantages of a public-private partnership.

Further reading: 

Read the full guide to Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Climate change: Mitigation and Adaptation

Author(s): 
Katy Longden, Roshni Pabari, Munir Hassan, and Dalia Majumder-Russell
Law firm: 
CMS Cameron McKenna
Date produced: 
1 June 2012
This legal guide provides an overview of international climate change initiatives.
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:

This legal guide provides an overview of international climate change initiatives, and provides a framework for those seeking to assist and encourage developing countries to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Read the full guide to Climate change: Mitigation and Adaptation.

Private Equity in the Developing World

Author(s): 
Aditi Kapoor
Law firm: 
Reed Smith LLP
Date produced: 
1 June 2012
This legal guide provides an introduction to private equity in the developing world, making a comparison with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
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:

This legal guide highlights the obstacles to private equity investment in developing countries, including underdeveloped corporate governance procedures, civil unrest and political instability. It addresses the environmental and social impact of private equity and looks at the biggest challenge to successful private equity investment in developing countries: tax transparency and tax evasion.

Further reading: 

Read the full guide to Private Equity in the Developing World.

Fundamentals of microinsurance

Author(s): 
Virginia Tan
Law firm: 
Allen & Overy
Date produced: 
14 June 2012
This legal guide looks at the importance of microinsurance in protecting low-income individuals against risk, especially in relation to climate change and natural disasters.
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:

 This legal guide examines the nature and importance of microinsurance in protecting individuals and groups with low-incomes against specific risks, especially in relation to climate change related events.  It discusses the wide range of microinsurance products that are available and addresses the key issues facing microinsurers.

 

Read the full guide to Fundamentals of microinsurance.

Climate Change in Court: Can we sue and who may be liable?

Author(s): 
Professor Myles Allen
This presentation, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, discusses whether scientific evidence demonstrates the causal link between greenhouse emissions and climate change harm.
Climate Change in Court

In this presentation, Professor Myles Allen considers the scientific basis for linking greenhouse emissions to climate change and examines how climate change evidence impacts on the legal principle of causation.

Professor Allen is Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography & the Environment an Department of Physics, University of Oxford and Leader of the Environmental Change Institute Climate Research Programme.

Save the seed! IP rights on seed and the impact on developing country farmers

26 June 2012

Date: 26 June 2012
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Linklaters LLP, 1 Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ

The IP group welcomes Teresa Anderson (The Gaia Foundation) and Dr Mike Adcock (Durham Law School, Durham University) to lead a discussion on how intellectual property rights over seeds in the developing world are changing the shape of agriculture.  

Climate change litigation: a matter of justice

28 June 2012

Date: 28 June 2012

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Herbert Smith LLP, Exchange House, 12 Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG

A4ID is delighted to welcome Richard Lord QC (Brick Court Chambers and editor and co-author of “Climate Change Liability: Transnational law and practice”) and Stephen Humphreys (London School of Economics and author of “Human Rights and Climate Change”) to speak at the second part of our series on climate change liability.

A4ID provides further guidance on relationship between law firms and the Guiding Principles

A4ID is continuing its work into the implementation of the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by law firms following the release of its first report on this subject in November 2011.

The initial report made four recommendations for further action that A4ID is now undertaking with an external expert consultant, Corinne Lewis. The four strands of work are:

Low Carbon For All: How IP models could save the world

Author(s): 
Quentin Tannock
This presentation examines the role of intellectual property in supporting the transfer of green technology to the developing world.

In this presentation Quentin Tannock from CambridgeIP considers the role of intellectual property and policy in the climate change debate.  Quentin discusses alternative IP models that could both encourage investments in innovation and facilitate the transfer of low carbon technologies to the developing world.

Quentin Tannock is Chairman of CambridgeIP, a technology intelligence and technology strategy consultancy.

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