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Law and Development Training Programme

Our annual Law and Development Training Programme in London is attended by solicitors, barristers and development professionals and covers topics from responsible project financing to environmental law and tax justice.

Modules are delivered by experts from the World Bank, London School of Economics, Manchester University, King’s College London, Clifford Chance LLP, Reed Smith LLP, ActionAid, Overseas Development Institute and UK Trade & Investment.

Why take this programme?

The programme will equip lawyers with in depth understanding of how major issues on the development agenda relate to their everyday work and their clients’ business. It will increase their level of awareness and insight into the increasingly important fields of Development and Business & Human Rights. Empowered to advise clients worldwide on these two fields, they will stand out among other lawyers for their knowledge of development issues and their legal context.

The programme is CPD accredited and participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate for their development record.

Our trainers are experts in their field with legal, development or academic backgrounds. Our panel includes experts from the World Bank, LSE, the Overseas Development Institute, Clifford Chance LLP and the United Nations Development Programme.

Who is it for?

Our programme is aimed at practising lawyers and those with a strong interest in the role the law plays in the development agenda. You need a legal background and the critical skills to apply your knowledge to a new area.

Download the full brochure here.

To register for one or several modules of the 2016-2017 Programme, please contact, specifying your name, organisation and which module(s) you would like to register for.

Content and dates:

Sustainable Development

Saturday 25th March 2017


Environmental law and Development, and Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals

Farooq Ullah, Stakeholder Forum

The developing world is disproportionately affected by climate change and desertification. International environmental law reflects the concerns of developing countries only to an extent, and it is proving difficult to find a common framework for financing sustainable development.

This session will explore the concept of sustainable development, assess international environmental law, with a focus on its North-South dimension, and evaluate progress made so far and the crucial issue of implementing agreements that are reached.

It will also focus particularly on the Goal 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: “Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development”.


Climate Negotiations – in practice

Christophe Schwarte, Legal Response Initiative

The climate change regulatory framework is complex and developing countries may lack the legal and technical capacity which would enable them to participate in climate change negotiations on an equal footing.

This practical session will consider how the demands of developed and developing countries may differ, and explore the role that lawyers play in enabling fair negotiations, and in particular in assisting countries who are most vulnerable to climate change and least equipped to cope.

This interactive session will look at the text that was agreed in December 2015 at the make or break Paris conference of the UNFCCC (Framework Convention on Climate Change), how the agreement can be implemented and how climate change negotiations may develop from now on.

Introduction to International Development

Saturday 12th November 2016


Evolution of the concept and contextualisation

Michael Woolcock, World Bank

The first session of the programme puts international development into context, outlining the emergence of ‘development’ and the political and economic factors driving, and slowing, progress.

The session will examine the persistence of global poverty and inequality within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, and consider the role of the law and legal institutions in supporting international development efforts.


Actors and processes, and the role of lawyers

Michael Woolcock, World Bank

This session examines the key actors in development and how they work in practice. It also explores how the rule of law underpins good governance and development, and how processes of law reform differ across country contexts and different areas of law.

The speaker will also discuss how institutional systems be strengthened to deliver on policy pronouncements, and how communities can develop their capacity to get equitable justice from the legal rule system they live under.

Finance and Development

Saturday 10th December 2016


Political Corruption and the impact on development

Dr Sarah Bracking, University of Manchester

In this session we will study how corruption drains the vital financial resources in place to fund economic and social development. We will analyse the modern meaning and manifestations of corruption, and the impact of corrupt regimes on achieving development goals.

Focusing on recent anti-corruption campaigns aimed at political and economic elites, our expert speaker will investigate the development finance market, private sector corruption and whether foreign aid itself can fuel corruption.


The fall and rise of developing country debt: case study

Tim Jones, Jubilee Debt Campaign

Sovereign debt, often accumulating under corrupt regimes, restricts developing country economic growth. The 1990s and 2000s saw the cancellation of billions of dollars of debt, but recent figures show that debt repayments owed by highly indebted poor countries are rising once again. This session will examine the concepts of odious and illegitimate debt and the call to cancel developing country debt, and will discuss strategies to protect countries from a future debt crisis. It will include case studies and an interactive exercise.


Foreign Direct Investment and the role of lawyers

Dr Luciano Ciravegna, King’s College

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important source of foreign capital for developing countries and is considered vital for building infrastructure, job creation, capacity building and economic development.


Tax revenue – a challenge for development

John Christensen, Tax Justice Network

Increasing a country’s tax revenue is the best way to reduce dependence on foreign aid, with tax being the most sustainable source of finance for economic and social development.

This session will explore why tax is fundamental for development and will outline what is being done to implement effective systems for tax collection and to close the mechanisms which enable tax avoidance and evasion.

Business & Human Rights

Saturday 28th January 2017


The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

David Karp, University of Sussex

Business is integral to economic development and human rights are integral to social development, but the two development goals are not always compatible.

Against the background of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, this session will unpack the theoretical principles behind the “protect, respect, remedy” framework, analyse the mechanisms in place to demand corporate accountability for infringing human rights, and explore how the international business and human rights agenda is influencing commercial legal practice.


Setting the standard for responsible project financing

Helena Anderson, UK Trade & Investment

In areas with weak regulation, large-scale construction projects can result in significant environmental and social damage, with no recourse to justice for those harmed.

As an example of responsible financing, this session will explore the Equator Principles, which were developed by the International Finance Corporation to manage and mitigate the social and environmental risks of projects and to promote responsible development.


Global trade & WTO negotiations

James Scott, King’s College

The World Trade Organisation has been instrumental in trade liberalisation and globalisation, but its critics highlight the disproportionate benefit to rich developed countries and the marginalisation of those least developed.

This session will use a stimulating group exercise to outline the political context in which the WTO operates and trade negotiations take place, assessing how trade can be a sustainable development strategy.


Advising Responsibly: case study

Anna Kirkpatrick, Clifford Chance LLP

As well as pursuing legal remedies for human rights violations, lawyers will increasingly be asked to advise on the soft laws which aim to prevent adverse impacts on human rights.

Using a case study, this session will explore the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities for lawyers which arise in the area of business and human rights and which are relevant to understanding the role of law, and lawyers, in development.

Socio-Economic Rights

Saturday 25th February 2017


Right to Development & Food security

Jamie Burton, human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

An estimated one in eight people is hungry and food security is now high on the development agenda. Poverty is the greatest cause of hunger, but changing climatic patterns and the acquisition of land for non-agricultural use also affect the ability of vulnerable communities to feed themselves.

This session will examine the reasons for and effects of food insecurity and discuss proposed solutions to the growing ‘food crisis’.


Land rights and natural resources extraction

Ruth Kelly, ActionAid UK

With rising demands for food, water and biofuel, developing countries offer a much sought after commodity: land. Secret deals have allowed foreign investors to acquire land with little regard for the historic and cultural rights of those using it, for their food security, or for the environmental consequences of exploiting it.

This session will discuss the meaning of ‘land grabs’ and consider the legal principles aimed to protect vulnerable rural communities affected by land deals.


Water Rights: legal context and case study

Peter Newborne, Overseas Development Institute

Water is a legally recognised human right. Yet, 750 million people still lack access to safe water, and changes in climate and urban migration are adding to the pressure on a resource already subject to competing claims.

Based on an ODI and WaterAid research and policy project assessing the extension of the urban water supply in Burkina’s capital Ouagadougou, this session will consider the practicalities of water infrastructure and services in a low income country and review the different forms of the legal right to water in the economic, social and political contexts in which access to water is negotiated.


Our speakers are experts in their field with legal, development or academic backgrounds:

Our panel includes experts from the World Bank, London School of Economics, Manchester University, King’s College London, Clifford Chance LLP, Reed Smith LLP, ActionAid, Overseas Development Institute and UK Trade & Investment.

Michael Woolcock - World Bank

Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank’s Development Research Group, and a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

He is the author of many article and books, most recently ‘Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action’. He is a co-founder of the World Bank’s global ‘Justice for the Poor’ initiative (2004).

From 2006-2009 he was the founding Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester; and in 2012 co-founded the ‘Building State Capability’ program at Harvard’s Center for International Development.

In 2012 he was a co-recipient of the ‘best book’ prize, and in 2014 the ‘best article’ prize, from the American Sociological Association’s section on International Development.

He is currently based in Malaysia, helping establish the World Bank’s first Knowledge and Research Hub.

He is on the editorial board of numerous journals, and is the Asia-Pacific representative on the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s largest research program (Management of Social Transformations).

Tim Jones - Jubilee Debt Campaign

Tim Jones is a Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer at Jubilee Debt Campaign, a coalition of organisations which campaign for the cancellation of un-payable and unjust impoverished country debts.

Tim worked for eight years for the World Development Movement, on campaigns on debt, water, international trade, climate change and food speculation.

Tim first became involved in campaigning on international development through the Jubilee 2000 coalition in the 1990s.

Sarah Bracking - University of Manchester | University of KwaZulu-Natal

Sarah Bracking is a Senior Professor (SARCHi) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and Honorary Research Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value, at the University of Manchester, UK.

One example of Sarah’s recent work on corruption explores the natural resource sectors in South Africa. She is author of The Financialisation of Power: How Financiers rules Africa (2016) which brings together her work on corruption and the political economy of development.

John Christensen - Tax Justice Network

John Christensen is an economist and former economic adviser to the UK and Jersey governments. He has played a lead role in campaigning for tighter regulation and control of tax havens and offshore finance centres.

John is the founder and director of the Tax Justice Network, an independent international network dedicated to high-level research, analysis and advocacy in the field of international tax and the international aspects of financial regulation.

David Karp - University of Sussex

David Karp joined the International Relations department at the University of Sussex in 2013. He worked previously in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow (2010-2013), and as a Teaching Fellow in International Relations at SOAS, University of London (2007-2010).

David has a PhD from the Department of Political Science at University College London and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

He is author of Responsibility for Human Rights: Transnational Corporations in Imperfect States and co-editor of Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors.

Anna Kirkpatrick - Clifford Chance

Anna Kirkpatrick is the Senior Professional Support Lawyer for the international arbitration and business and human rights teams at Clifford Chance LLP.

Before this, Anna was an Associate with Norton Rose LLP specialising in international commercial and state arbitration and advising clients on international law issues, particularly investment treaty related issues.

She has expertise in the energy, mining and construction sectors, gained honours in her LLM in Law, Governance and Development, with a focus on Business and Human Rights, and holds a Certificate in the Law and Practice of International Human Rights Law. She co-chairs A4ID’s Responsible Business Knowledge Group.

Helena Anderson - UK Trade & Investment

Helena Anderson is Head of Capital Investment at UK Trade & Investment. She specialises in project finance, focusing in particular on energy, telecommunications and low emission projects in Europe and Africa.

Helena also has extensive experience advising financiers on Equator Principles compliance and social and environmental standards as they apply to projects generally.

Dr Luciano Ciravegna - King's College London

Dr Luciano Ciravegna is an Associate Professor focusing on business in emerging markets, especially the role of context on firm strategy, internationalization, and international marketing.

He is based at King’s College International Development Institute in London, and INCAE and is an alumnus of the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford’s St Antony’s College, the Centro Studi D’Agliano, and the United World College. He recently co-authored a strategy manual Operating in Emerging Markets.

James Scott - King's College London

James Scott is Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. He works primarily on trade governance, particularly with regard to developing countries in the World Trade Organisation.

James had an MA in Development Studies and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Manchester. He co-edited the recent books Trade, Poverty, Development: Getting beyond the WTO’s Doha Deadlock (2013), and Expert Knowledge in Global Trade (2015), both published by Routledge.

Ruth Kelly - ActionAid UK

Ruth Kelly is Programme Policy Manager at ActionAid UK, and oversees research on land rights, trade and investment, and corporate responsibility. She has worked on tax justice for ActionAid and on economic justice for Oxfam GB, focusing on food prices, biofuels and land grabs.

Before that Ruth worked for the UNDP in Albania and for the European Commission’s DG Development in Brussels. She has an LL.M from the University of Cambridge in public international law and was a Yale research fellow in international trade law and policy.

Jamie Burton - Just Fair

Jamie Burton is a human rights barrister.  In particular, he specialises in all aspects of welfare law and social justice.  He is also Chair of Just Fair, a charity dedicated to the advancement and realisation of economic and social rights in the UK.

In 2009 Jamie spent six months working on the Right to Food in India, and in 2014 advised Oxfam on strategic litigation on human rights issues in Bangladesh.

Peter Newborne - Overseas Development Institute

Peter Newborne is Research Associate to the Water Policy Programme at ODI. Peter practised for ten years as a solicitor, at Linklaters and Slaughter and May, before completing a Master’s in International Development.

Peter then spent eight years with WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature), contributing to environmental projects in Latin America and Asia. At ODI, he specialises in water and environmental policy and undertakes practically-oriented research on how the laws, policies and institutions for the governance of water are evolving to support access to water in developing countries.

Farooq Ullah - Stakeholder Forum

Farooq Ullah is the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum (SF); an international NGO advancing sustainable development through good governance and participatory decision-making at all levels. Farooq is the Co-Chair of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) initiative and the Co-Chair of the Sustainable Finance Advocates Network (SFAN).

Farooq also hold several non-executive positions. He is the Chair of Future Earth’s Engagement Committee, a Specialist Advisor to UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), an Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an Associated Partner of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Farooq holds a BComm in Management Science from the University of Alberta (UofA) and an MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Christoph Schwarte - Legal Response Initiative

Christoph Schwarte is a German lawyer with almost 20 years of practical experience in international environmental law. He is the executive director of the Legal Response Initiative – a London based charity that provides free legal advice to poor and climate vulnerable developing countries and NGOs.

He is a co-author of the International Law Association’s legal principles related to climate change (adopted in 2014) and has been actively involved the international climate negotiation for many years.

Before joining LRI Christoph worked at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

Between 1998 and 2004 he was an Associate Officer (P-2) at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg. He holds an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and qualified to practice at the bar in November 1997 in Dresden.

“An excellent course for any lawyer with an interest in human rights and a desire to advise clients ethically and responsibly.”

Madelin Sinclair
Allen & Overy

“A great range of speakers, delivering an in depth but accessible level of information. Well planned tasks to assist in learning and a very good range of topics.”

Geoffrey Yussouf
Reed Smith

“Excellent set of courses tailored to all kinds of City lawyers. Gives attendees creative ideas of how to incorporate international and human rights law and best practice into their day-to-day role.”

Katrina Limond
Allen & Overy

“This has been the most stimulating study experience I’ve had in recent years; it has been a tonic against professional jadedness.”

Sergio Repka
Reed Smith

Prices and booking

You can book online for the full programme or pick individual modules. We have lower rates for small firms and charities, and a discount for A4ID Legal Partners.

Full Course
(5 modules)
Single module
Law firms and organisations with an annual revenue >£5 million £1,200 £300
Law firms and organisations with an annual revenue <£5 million £900 £225
Self-funding individuals £900 £225
Full-time postgraduate students £600 £150

We’ll apply a 10% discount for A4ID partners.

Contact for your A4ID partner discount code or if you prefer being invoiced than paying online.

Law and Development Training Programme terms and conditions

By registering and paying for a place on A4ID’s Law and Development training programme, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.


We can only confirm your place on the programme once we have received payment.  There are two ways of paying:

Online when you register
By bank transfer: when we receive your registration we will invoice you with details of how to pay

If we have to make changes or cancel

We plan to run the training programme as advertised on our website and in our brochure.  If a speaker is unavailable, we will arrange for an alternative speaker, or occasionally we may have to reschedule the session and transfer your booking.  If the new date does not suit you we will refund your payment.

Occasionally we may have to cancel the programme or an individual module due to lack of bookings or unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, we will refund your payment in full but we are sorry we cannot refund travel or accommodation.

If you have to cancel

Please let us know by email as soon as possible if you have to cancel your place.  If we receive this notice more than 14 days before the start of the training programme we will refund your payment, less £20.00 to cover administration charges if you paid online.

If you have paid for the full programme and cannot attend one module, please note we will only refund the difference between the total price you paid and the price you would have paid if you had booked the other modules individually, so you may not get a refund.

We can’t refund your payment if you give us less than 14 days notice.  In exceptional circumstances, please explain in your email and we will consider this at our discretion.

Instead of cancelling, you can ask a colleague to take your place and send us their name and email.

Certification and CPD

We will ask you to sign an attendance register at the start of each session, and you will receive a certificate for all the sessions you attend.

Solicitors: A4ID is a CPD provider and our training will contribute to your CPD record.
Barristers: A4ID is a CPD provider authorised by the Bar Standards Board.
The full programme is 38 CPD hours.

Data protection

We will only use your contact details to communicate with you about this programme, A4ID’s learning and training and associated work, unless you tell us not to contact you in future.  We will not share your details with anyone else.

To register for one or several modules of the 2016-2017 Programme, please contact, specifying your name, organisation and which module(s) you would like to register for.


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