International law

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.

Rights On Trial: Judicial enforcement of the right to education and health

Author(s): 
Judith Bueno de Mesquita & Solomon Sacco
This presentation, given at our Socio-economic Rights Knowledge Group, asks whether strategic litigation is an effective means of enforcing the right to education and health in developing countries.

In presentation, Judith Bueno de Mesquita and Solomon Sacco consider the role of strategic litigation in advancing the protection of socio-economic rights and how this enhances international development efforts to provide, specifically, the right to health and the right to education in developing countries.

Judith Bueno de Mesquita is co-director of the course on economic, social and cultural rights, part of the LLM in International Human Rights Law, in the Department of Law, University of Essex.

The Post-Durban Package: Promises and pledges and the path ahead

Author(s): 
Raj Bavishi & Nick Flynn
These talks, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, discuss the legal nature of the decisions arising from the Durban Platform.

 

Nick Flynn and Raj Bavishi assess challenges facing international climate change negotiations and the role of the legal community in supporting vulnerable countries as they negotiate the UN Process.

 

Part One: Raj Bavishi 

Part Two: Nick Flynn

Glossary of climate change related terms

 

Climate change in court. Can we sue and who may be liable?

22 May 2012

Date: Tuesday 22 May 2012
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Herbert Smith LLP, Exchange House, 12 Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG

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Making the Transition to Democracy

Author(s): 
Alina Rocha Menocal and Holly Ruthrauff
These talks, from our Governance Knowledge Group, discuss the relationship between development and democracy in light of recent events in the Middle East.

This recording is in two parts. Click on the links below to listen to the two speakers.

Part 1: Alina Rocha Menocal

Part 2: Holly Ruthrauff

 

An Overview of the United Nations human rights system

Author(s): 
Kate Levine
Law firm: 
Hogan Lovells International LLP
Date produced: 
5 April 2012
This legal guide provides an overview of the UN human rights system.
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 offers an overview of the UN human rights system, including the treaties in which the international human rights are protected, the role of treaty bodies and the role of Charter-based bodies.

Read the full guide to An Overview of the United Nations human rights system.

The Right to Water

Author(s): 
Alex Gordon and Christopher Akinrele
Law firm: 
Reed Smith
Date produced: 
1 June 2011
This legal guide provides an overview of legislation that relates to the right to water and how this can be used by those seeking to ensure individual’s access to water.
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 offers an overview of the key legislation related to the right to water and its implications to development, including practical challenges that NGOs may face and examples of the legislation’s usage by NGOs.

Read the full guide to Right to Water.

Rights, Regulation and Remedy Report

Author(s): 
Katherine Tyler & Rachel Chambers
This report considers the methods available for regulating the behaviour of extractive organisations, especially when they are operating in weak governance zones.
Documents: 

This report by Katherine Tyler from 9-12 Bell Yard and Rachel Chambers from Cloisters considers the methods available for regulating the behaviour of extractive organisations operating in weak governance zones, including the United Nations Guiding Principles and the OECD Guidelines, and emerging trends in the regulation of this sector.

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