22 Apr

Law and Development Training Programme

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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, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, King’s College London, Clifford Chance LLP, Equal Rights Trust, ActionAid, ClientEarth, and Overseas Development Institute.

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.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate for their development record, which can be used for CPD.

Our trainers are experts in their field with legal, development or academic backgrounds. Our panel includes experts from the World Bank, the Overseas Development Institute, Clifford Chance LLP and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

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 Programme Brochure HERE.

How to book

Full Programme: 

Online bookings by credit card can be made on Eventbrite.

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

Contact events@a4id.org for your A4ID partner discount code or if you prefer being invoiced than paying online.

Individual Modules:

This Programme is designed as a full course. However, you may attend individual modules. To register for one or several modules of the 2018 Programme, you can book by credit card at Eventbrite. Alternatively, please contact events@a4id.org, specifying your name, organisation and which module(s) you would like to register for and we will send you an invoice.

Content and dates:

Introduction to International Development

Sunday 22 April 2018


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 19 May 2018


Political Corruption and the impact on development

Dr Sarah Bracking, King’s College London

In this session we will study how corruption drains vital financial resources which might otherwise fund economic and social development. We will analyse the modern meaning and manifestations of corruption, and the impact of corrupt regimes and corrupt private sector actors 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 session will end with suggestions on how lawyers can help people resist corruption and ameliorate its negative effects.


Foreign Direct Investment and development

Dr Stephen Gelb, Overseas Development Institute

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. This session starts by defining FDI, and relating it to other forms of international linkage such as trade, global value chains and indirect investment. We then turn to look at the impact of FDI – the benefits and costs for development, both macro-economic effects on investment, trade, employment and fiscal revenue, and longer-run effects on market competition and on productive capabilities through transfers of technology and skills. We then ask what attracts FDI into host countries, looking at why firms invest and how they decide where to invest. We will discuss legal and policy instruments available to host countries both to attract FDI, and to make it ‘work’ that is, to enhance development impact. Subject to time, we will also briefly consider outward FDI: the impact in, and possible policies of, the sending (home) country.


Setting the standard for responsible project financing

Helena Anderson, Ikigai Capital

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.


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 9 June 2018


The UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights – Key Developments and Trends

Isabel Ebert, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Adopted in 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) have become the key reference for human rights conduct by companies globally. Being a soft law tool in nature, the UNGPs triggered several hard law regulations being adopted by several EU member states, Australia, and partly the US in the recent years. Adding to this, many states have adopted National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, indicating how each state is implementing the UNGPs on a national level. Several member states or industry association launched new sector initiatives to establish a level playing field among companies, making them commit to common standards and practices on human rights due diligence. This session will depict key developments and trends in the field internationally, followed by case studies.


Global trade, the WTO and Dispute Settlement

James Scott, King’s College London

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

In this session we will focus on two aspects of the trade system and how it impacts on sustainable development. First, we will look at why the WTO has been so unequal in its effects on rich and poor states and how this inequality has impacted on the ability of the WTO to create new international regulations. Second, we will look at the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism (DSM) – often called the “jewel in the crown” of the trade system. In particular we explore the extent to which the DSM has “levelled the playing field” for less powerful states, while highlighting some of the problems the WTO’s legal system has presented. Overall, this will provide a solid understanding of the nature of the multilateral trade system, the inequalities it has created and the legalisation of trade that the founding of the WTO engendered.


The UN Guiding Principles – Advising Responsibly

Anna Kirkpatrick, Clifford Chance LLP

Whether working in-house or in a law firm, lawyers are increasingly expected to understand and advise on the human rights implications related to our work.  To do so responsibly requires an understanding of the soft law instruments that frame this area, most notably, the UN Guiding Principles of Human Rights. It also requires lawyers to be aware of the emerging range of hard law that supports the implementation of the Guiding Principles, in particular in relation to the increasing number of reporting requirements imposed on companies. We will use a practical case study to consider how human rights issues arise in the course of business and to consider how lawyers can assist businesses manage their human rights whilst taking into account our own professional, legal and ethical responsibilities.

Socio-Economic Rights

Sunday 1 July 2018


Socio-Economic Rights – International Law and Mechanisms

Dr Koldo Casla, Just Fair and Newcastle University

International human rights law provides a useful and innovative discourse and tools for civil society groups working on issues as diverse as welfare, child rights, non-discrimination, mental health or workers’ rights.

Access to housing, education, health, social security and food are globally recognised as human rights. The UK has ratified a number of international treaties that say so, the most important of which is the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

This session will cover the origins and content of socio-economic rights, with special attention to international law and monitoring mechanisms. The session will also give the opportunity to unpack and hopefully dismantle some of the extended myths about these rights.


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.


Right to Water: Legal Forms; Political-Economy Challenges

Peter Newborne, Overseas Development Institute

Water is a legally recognised human right. Yet, more than 750 million people still lack access to a basic drinking water service, while competition for water for use in agriculture and other productive activities is increasing in many locations as a result of population growth and climate change.

This session will review the three principal legal ways of formulating rights to access to water, and then consider the practicalities of bringing water infrastructure and access to marginalised communities in a low income country, based on a recent ODI-led research and policy project.


Equality Law as a Tool for Realising Socio-Economic Rights

Joanna Whiteman, Equal Rights Trust

When considering enjoyment of socio-economic rights, inequality is often a central consideration. It is rare that socio-economic rights such as education, social security or health for example are equally unattainable for everyone in a given jurisdiction. Usually, when we are talking about violations of socio-economic rights, we are talking about instances of discrimination or state failures to address inequality. Indeed, the Sustainable Development Goals rightly identify tackling inequality as central to ensuring that we “leave no one behind” in development (See SDG 10).

Despite this, the recognition that  equality and non-discrimination law provides an important avenue for achieving socio-economic rights from education to work, is under-developed. This session will introduce participants to the Trust’s litigation work in this area as well as recent developments in its thinking and, through the case study of inequality in education, will see them considering practical applications of the strategy. Participants will be invited to challenge the oft-held assertion by some that socio-economic rights are often aspirational and unenforceable.

Sustainable Development

Saturday 21 July 2018


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

Pascale Bird, Legal Response Initiative

The UN climate change negotiations are amongst the most complex multilateral law and policy processes ever. Some developing countries lack the legal and technical capacity to participate meaningfully and effectively in those negotiations.

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

It will look at the text of the Paris Agreement and put it in context, consider how the agreement may be implemented and briefly discuss other approaches and strategies some are turning to address climate change.


Climate Risk and the Power of the Law

Joanne Etherton, ClientEarth

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges humanity faces.  The Paris Agreement set ambitious goals for global climate policy but national and regional policy and business and investment strategies need to align with these goals to make them happen.

In this session we will look at how law can be used to: (1) drive the integration of climate-related financial risks into business and investment decisions; and (2) increase investment in clean technology and infrastructure.


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

Our panel includes experts from the World Bank, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, King’s College London, Clifford Chance LLP, ClientEarth, ActionAid, Overseas Development Institute and Equal Rights Trust.

Michael Woolcock - World Bank

Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he was worked since 1998. For twelve years he has also been a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His current research focuses on strategies for enhancing state capability for implementation, on crafting more effective interaction between informal and formal justice systems, and on using mixed methods to assess the effectiveness of ‘complex’ development interventions. In addition to more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, he is the co-author or co-editor of ten books, including Legal Pluralism and Development Policy: Scholars and Practitioners in Dialogue (edited, with Brian Tamanaha and Caroline Sage; Cambridge University Press 2012), and, most recently, Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action (with Matt Andrews and Lant Pritchett; Oxford University Press 2017). An Australian national, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, and has an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University.

Sarah Bracking - King's College London

Sarah Bracking is a Professor in the School of Global Affairs, King’s College London and formally Senior Professor (SARCHi) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

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.

Dr Stephen Gelb - Overseas Development Institute

Dr Stephen Gelb is Principal Research Fellow at ODI, where he leads work on private sector development. He is an economist with over thirty years of research and policy experience in South Africa as well as other developing countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, India, Myanmar and China. He was an adviser to President Mbeki and the South Africa government on international investment and trade policy and on macroeconomic, public expenditure and labour market policies.  He worked as a senior researcher at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and has taught economics, political science and development studies at universities in South Africa, Canada, the US and Switzerland. He served on the board of public investment promotion and economic development agencies in South Africa. He has consulted for several UN and other multilateral agencies, and was a peer reviewer for UNCTAD’s World Investment Report for many years. He has written extensively on South African economics and politics, on foreign direct investment in Asia and in Africa, and on industries such as garments, electronics, financial services and tourism.

Helena Anderson - Ikigai Capital

Helena Anderson is the managing director of strategic consulting firm, Ikigai Capital, focused on delivering the energy transition in the UK and emerging markets like Latin America and Africa. Prior to setting up the firm, she was head of energy capital investment at the UK Department for International Trade managing a project pipeline and delivering in excess of £5bn of investment into clean energy solutions in the UK last year. Helena also has 10+ years as a project finance lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, where her practice was focused on energy and infrastructure in the UK and Africa. She helped define the drafting standards for social and environmental risk in loan documentation working closely with international banks and the Equator Principles Association.

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.

Isabel Ebert - Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Isabel Ebert is the EU representative of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a international expert organization and information hub covering developments on Business and Human Rights worldwide. She is also a research fellow at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, focusing on privacy, digitization and the future of work. Prior to this, Isabel worked at the German Embassy in South Africa, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, the Goethe Institut New York, and at a consultancy in Development Cooperation and Health. She holds a MA in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies from Goethe-University Frankfurt and a BA in Politics and Management from University of Konstanz and Sciences Po Paris. Her academic research project focused on the Kiobel and Apartheid litigation cases in the US under the Alien Torts Claim Act (MA thesis, Goethe-University of Frankfurt).

James Scott - King's College London

James Scott is Lecturer in International Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. He works on global governance, with a primary focus on trade, and mainly with regard to the relationship between trade governance and development. James has an MA in Development Studies and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Manchester. He has published widely across the fields of trade, global governance, International Political Economy and development. 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.

Anna Kirkpatrick - Clifford Chance LLP

Anna Kirkpatrick is a Senior Lawyer in the international arbitration and business and human rights teams at Clifford Chance LLP. Anna has wide experience in international commercial and state arbitration and advising clients on international law issues, particularly investment treaty related issues and in relation to business and human rights. 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.

Dr Koldo Casla - Just Fair; Newcastle University

Dr Koldo Casla (@koldo_casla) is a Research Associate at the Institute of Health & Society of Newcastle University and the Policy Director of Just Fair (@JustFairUK), an organisation that monitors and advocates economic and social rights in the UK. He holds a PhD in European and International Studies from King’s College London (2017), a Fulbright MA in International Studies from the University of Denver (2011), a MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex (2009), and a Law Degree from the University of the Basque Country (2008). Between 2011 and 2013, Koldo was the Chief of Staff of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Basque Country (Ararteko). He has worked as a research consultant for Amnesty International on the rights to health, education and housing in Spain.

Ruth Kelly - ActionAid UK

Ruth Kelly is a researcher with ActionAid International and the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, working on a research project exploring alternatives to mainstream approaches to development. She has also 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.

Peter Newborne - Overseas Development Institute

Peter Newborne is a specialist researcher and consultant on water policy and programmes. After practising as a lawyer with leading solicitors’ firms in London and Paris, where he specialised in commercial and financial matters, he took a Master’s degree in international environmental and development to work for the World Wide Fund for Nature-WWF and then for ODI, as Research Fellow and Research Associate. He carries out practical research and advocacy on water-related issues  in Europe and beyond, particularly in French- and Spanish-speaking countries.

Joanna Whiteman, Equal Rights Trust

Joanna Whiteman is Co-director at the Equal Rights Trust and is a qualified lawyer. Joanna advises and supports lawyers litigating discrimination cases at the national, regional and international levels and drafts the Trust’s third pary interventions. She has a particular interest in overcoming socio-economic disadvantage. Joanna has researched and drafted a number of Trust publications including Economic and Social Rights in the Courtroom: Using Equality Strategies to Advance Socio-Economic Rights and edited the recently launched  Learning InEquality: Using Equality Law to Tackle Barriers to Primary Education for Out-Of-School Children.

Farooq Ullah - Stakeholder Forum

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

Farooq also hold several non-executive positions. He is the Chair of Future Earth’s Engagement Committee, 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 has also been appointed as a Peer to the 3rd International Peer Review Panel feeding into the 2018 German National Sustainable Development Strategy.

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).

Pascale Bird - Legal Response Initiative

Pascale Bird coordinates Legal Response International (LRI)’s legal advisory service. LRI is a London based charity that provides free legal assistance to poor and climate vulnerable developing countries and NGOs at the UN climate negotiations. She is a qualified solicitor and holds an LLM in International Business Law and an MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Security. Before joining LRI, she worked as an Associate and Professional Support Lawyer in the EU and Competition department of Simmons & Simmons. She also volunteered for Oxfam, project managing a book on climate change liability.

Joanne Etherton - ClientEarth

Joanne Etherton is a pensions lawyer within ClientEarth’s Company and Financial Project after a career in private practice spanning over 29 years.  Joanne’s work focuses on developing and implementing legal strategies to drive greater integration of climate-related financial risks into the investment decisions of pension trustees and other asset owners and asset managers in the pensions industry.

Prior to joining ClientEarth, Joanne was a pensions partner in the London office of international law firm, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, having previously trained and practised pensions law at Clifford Chance LLP.

She is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, holds a law degree (LLB) from the University Of Warwick and a diploma in International Employee Benefits (DipIEB) from the Pensions Management Institute.

“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 events@a4id.org for your A4ID partner discount code.

Online bookings by credit card can be made on Eventbrite.

Contact events@a4id.org if you prefer being invoiced than paying online.

Individual modules: To register for one or several modules of the 2018 Programme, please contact events@a4id.org, specifying your name, organisation and which module(s) you would like to register for. Individual modules are payable by invoice.

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 Eventbrite 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.
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.


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