Solomon Sacco is a Zimbabwean lawyer who works for Interights, a human rights litigation centre litigating on human rights cases. They take cases on economic, social and cultural rights (particularly rights to health and education), security and rule of law, and equality.
Having spent two weeks in the Lioness Mountains, Peter Smith turns the spotlight onto the developing justice system he encountered there.
Can lawyers do better than scientists at persuading the public of the importance of climate change? This question was put to me recently by a respected climatologist. A concern that science is typically ignored or distorted led him to wonder if a different perspective is required.
A4ID recently hosted a discussion on how groups vulnerable to climate change related loss and damage might mitigate such losses by insuring themselves against climate change related harm. We heard from three speakers: Christoph Schwarte of the Legal Response Initiative, Aaron Oxley of Results UK and Dr Swenja Surminski of the LSE.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) came into force in 1995. For many developing countries this required changes in their national intellectual property legislation particularly in the area of protection over plants and plant varieties.
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.
2011 saw a number of significant developments in the field of business and human rights. Perhaps the best known developments were the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2011 of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the subsequent revision of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises which featured, for the first time, a stand-alone human rights chapter.
Looking back on 2011’s UK National Pro Bono Week, Elizabeth Baraka thinks about the role of pro bono in a world of cuts, austerity and discontent. Is it a means to an end, or an end in itself?
According to a 2011 survey by the European Union, 20 per cent of the population of the EU believe that climate change is the single greatest problem facing the world, while over half think it is one of the most serious problems, second only to poverty.
After several rounds of negotiation, the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) had reached its long anticipated final round of talks in 2011. Since 2007, two of the world’s largest economies have been negotiating to improve, facilitate and regulate bilateral relationships in trade and investments and government, as well as intellectual property rights regimes. The aim is to establish a comprehensive FTA, both compatible with and complimentary to the WTO rules and obligations.