International law

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.

A4ID Chief Executive champions the role of lawyers in ending poverty at IBA conference

A4ID Chief Executive Yasmin Batliwala was invited to speak alongside Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, philosopher Thomas Pogge and homelessness campaigner Sister Stanislaus Kennedy at this year’s International Bar Association Conference.  

Micro-insurance & Climate Change

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.

What is Micro-insurance?

Climate risks, loss & damage, and insurance: what are the legal needs?

Dr Swenja Surminski
This presentation, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, discusses the legal and regulatory environment in which microinsurance operates, and the legal needs of stakeholders.

In this presentation, Dr. Swenja Surminski examines the legal and regulatory issues that surround the implementation of microinsurance schemes in the developing world. Without understanding the legal needs of stakeholders and without an adequate system of legal safeguards, the world’s poorest (to whom insurance of any kind might be a new concept) cannot fully benefit from such schemes.

Climate Microinsurance: What? Who? How?

Aaron Oxley
This presentation, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, explores how microinsurance works in practice and considers how actuarial weather data is collected.
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In this presentation, Aaron Oxley considers the structure and operational practice of microfinance organisations, looking too at how the model is financed and at the role of key stakeholders from beneficiaries to NGOs and governments. Setting out some of the challenges for the microinsurance sector, Aaron considers how the biggest challenges for climate change microinsurance are the lack of accurate, timely data on weather patterns and the particular nature of climate change harm, in that it causes gradual rather than sudden harm, is difficult to insure.

What's the Damage? Loss, Damage, and Microinsurance

Christoph Schwarte
This presentation, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, delivers an overview of the legal framework regulating mechanisms to address loss and damage arising from climate change.


In this presentation, Christoph Schwarte reviews how international law provides for compensation for victims of environmental damage, and outlines the objectives of the loss and damage working programme set up under the United Nations Framework on Climate Change to address harm arising from human-induced climate change. Drawing on the work of the working group, Christoph considers how insurance could play a role in supporting populations mitigate climate change risk.

Clean Development Mechanism: CDM and Development

Peter Zaman and Delyth Hughes
Law firm: 
Clifford Chance LLP
Date produced: 
27 February 2012
This legal guide forms part three of a three part guide, focussing on the role of the CDM in development.
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.


 Part three of this legal guide describes the link between the CDM and development by reviewing both advantages and criticism, finishing with an overview of the future of the CDM.


Read the full guide to Clean Development Mechanism: CDM and Development.



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