International law

Social Impact Investing: The Role of Lawyers, Pt. 1

Andy Lower and Michelle Peters
Presentations given at a Responsible Business Knowledge Group event on the role of lawyers in social impact investing
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In this presentation, Andy Lower (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. of The Eleos Foundation) and Michelle Peters (Dechert LLP) provide an introduction to social impact investments and consider how they can be structured to ensure the minimisation of risk and effective use of funds.

Andy Lowers introduces the work of The Eleos Foundation in funding pro-poor social impact projects and Michelle Peters outlines the US-specific advice she provided The Eleos Foundation.

Innovative support for innovative investments: the role of lawyers in impact investing

10 December 2012

Date: 10 December 2012
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: White & Case LLP, 5 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1DW

Following the success of the last Responsible Business Knowledge Group event, ‘Value for your money – impact investing in the developing world’ which introduced the impact investing model, this follow up meeting will highlight the many ways in which lawyers play an important advisory role at a number of stages in the life of the investment.

A matter of justice: a lawyer’s role in the climate change debate

This blog is an article extract, taken from the second issue of A4ID’s Quarterly Newsletter, ‘Law and Development: In Focus’, looking at climate change. 

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Future Lawyer's training programme 2013 - applications open soon


The A4ID Future Lawyers’ training programme is a free course for law students, exploring the links between international development, human rights and law. 

Future Lawyer's training programme 2012

Future Lawyers' Training Programme 2013

Hand in Hand: working to form and grow businesses in developing countries.

A4ID lawyers provided legal assistance to Hand in Hand, who work for economic and social empowerment by supporting the development of enterprises and jobs and the generation of higher incomes.

One way to eliminate poverty is through the formation and growth of local social enterprises, encouraging communities in developing countries to start sustainable businesses and create their own jobs.  Hand in Hand work for economic and social empowerment by supporting this development of enterprises and jobs and the generation of higher incomes.

Legal Regimes Governing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Host Countries

Srijanee Bhattacharyya
Law firm: 
Slaughter and May
Date produced: 
12 November 2012
This legal guide provides a general introduction to FDI regimes in host countries.
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.


 As the importance of FDI to the global economy increases, there is a growing need for stable and well-tailored FDI regimes that promote national well-being and sustainability.

Access to information flows essential for development

A4ID recently hosted a discussion on the impact that access to information can have on the achievement of development goals, and the role of the media as a communicate channel between society and government.

The Right to Information & Development

Andrew Smith
This presentation, given at our Governance Knowledge Group, considers freedom of information and how the right to access information underpins the international development agenda.
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The Role of the Media in Development

Mark Wilson
This presentation, given at our Governance Knowledge Group, deals with the role that the media plays in development, and in holding governments accountable.

Government to grass roots and back: how access to information shapes development

23 October 2012

A4ID is delighted to welcome Andrew Smith (legal advisor, Article 19) and Mark Wilson, (executive director of Panos London) to consider the impact access to information can have on the achievement of development goals and how the media, in its many guises, can shape civil society’s ability to demand state accountability.

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