Advocates for International Development is pleased to announce international law firm Baker & McKenzie as its latest legal partner.
Baker & McKenzie brings the number of A4ID’s legal partners to 39 and increases the number of lawyers in its global network to over 34,000 individuals in 89 countries.
The Eleos Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “catalyze capital in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty with compassion and effectiveness” through investment and education.
Eleos is one of A4ID’s Development Partners, and approached us for legal support in their project to offer co-investment opportunities to their donors. Through our broker service, we were able to find them help with one of our Legal Partners, Dechert LLP.
In this article Michelle Peters from Dechert explains what assistance the firm has provided to Eleos.
This legal guide considers the rights and obligations surrounding the right to food under international law. It clarifies what the right to food entails under diverse bodies, discusses different interpretations of the right to food, and considers a case study of right to food litigation in India.
Read the full guide to The Right to Food.
Water scarcity is emerging as one of the most significant global challenges of our age. The challenges of addressing water scarcity at an international level are significant both technically and politically, and a wide-ranging series of approaches will need to be implemented: from increased infrastructure, to water efficiency policies, through to possible international pricing and trading initiatives
With Debt Week just around the corner (8th-16th October), Jubilee Scotland held a People’s Debt Tribunal last night in the Scottish Parliament.
The event was organised to raise awareness of the issues affecting some of the poorest countries in the world as a result of their debts and to promote arbitration in cases where disputes exist over the legitimacy and “payability” of their debt arrangements with creditors.
Chaired by John Campbell QC and sponsored by Sarah Boyack MSP, the event was a great success.
This article explains the issue of global debt, much of which is either unpayable or unjust (odious), or both. It highlights problems with existing debt cancellation measures, such as the Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI), and explores case studies in Haiti and the Philippines.
This article explains the process of arbitration, and how it is relevant to the issue of sovereign debt. It also justifies why this issue is primarily legal, as opposed to political, and explains why arbitration is beneficial to creditors, as well as debtors.
The suspension of STT is widely seen as part of a wider crackdown on NGOs in Cambodia and is viewed as evidence of how the Royal Government of Cambodia is likely to apply the draft Law on Associations and NGOs.
Fact sheets in English and Khmer are available to view above.
In this interview John Sherman discusses his role in the Guiding Principles, the ways in which the Principles can aid international development, and the role of law firms under the Principles.
John is General Counsel and Senior Advisor to the SHIFT Project, an independent non-profit centre for business and human rights. The SHIFT project is staffed by a team that was centrally involved in shaping and writing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Since 2007 India and the EU have been working towards a new Free Trade Agreement. This FTA has raised concerns with regard to data exclusivity, patent term extension, intellectual property enforcement measures and bilateral investment agreements. It is feared that the proposed clauses will radically restrict India’s ability to produce affordable generic drugs that are vital for treating serious diseases and improving health in the developing world.
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