A4ID Annual Conference

Towards a more Post Pandemic World STARTING IN

A4ID’s inaugural Annual Conference will explore the current trends and themes at the juncture of rule of law, pro bono and international development. The two-day conference will focus on the substance, practice and processes of international pro bono technical assistance, with a particular focus on UK practitioners and lessons from other geographical areas.

This year, the theme of the Conference: Towards a more just post-pandemic world, will focus on ideas that are emerging as responses from the rule of law pro bono space to address the challenges of the on-going pandemic. Practitioners from the legal, development, and corporate sectors will be brought together with leading academics for what will surely prove to be an engaging dialogue on the future of pro bono in furthering the rule of law, within the context of the Sustainable Development Goal agenda.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Day 1:
25 June 2021
Principles, Policies & Challenges for Advancing Pro Bono and the Rule of Law
Description

COVID-19 has transformed social, political and economic realities across the world. The opening session of our conference will convene leaders from across government and the legal profession to discuss the role of legal pro bono technical assistance in meeting new challenges, improving access to justice and the rule of law worldwide. What new difficulties do we face, and what solutions can we employ to address them, in order to advance the rule of law throughout the pandemic and beyond?

Keynote:

Dr Dinusha Panditaratne, Adviser and Head of Asia, Governance and Peace, Commonwealth Secretariat, Sri Lanka

Chair:

Mr Justice Robin Knowles, Standing International Forum of the Commercial Courts (SIFoCC)

Panelists: 

Anjana Prakash, Senior Advocate, The Supreme Court of India, India

Ian Duddy, Head of the Human Rights and Rule of Law Department, FCDO’s Open Societies and Human Rights Directorate

Jeroen Ouwehand, Global Senior Partner, Clifford Chance 

Julia Braunmiller Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, World Bank

Zoom
Description

Join A4ID for a series of motivating talks led by social justice actors who are enabling and equipping legal pro bono communities of practice across the world. We hope you will feel inspired to get involved and support their provision of resources and forums designed to empower lawyers and global civil society.

Zoom
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Partnerships across jurisdictions allow organisations to advance a long-term and locally led approach to their international legal pro bono work. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel and online working methods has particularly affected how these partnerships maintain progress towards their shared goals. This panel will explore why and how international partnerships can ensure the sustainability of their shared work and outcomes from pro bono legal and judicial initiatives. Drawing on their diverse global experiences, panelists will consider how relationships and partnership goals have evolved during the pandemic and what the key opportunities are for partnership working post-pandemic. 

Chair: Justice Zainab Alami, Judiciary of The Gambia

Panelists: Jayshree Satpute, Co-Founder, Nazdeek

Jedidah Wakonyo Waruhiu, Advocate, High Court of Kenya

Richard Honey QC, Chair, UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network (UKSLPBN)

Susanne (Suzie) Turner, Partner and Chair, Pro Bono Practice, Dechert

Zoom
Description

Legal pro bono is understood and practiced differently across the world. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the nature of legal pro bono has continued to adapt and change. Collaboration during this time has never been more important. From the experiences of pro bono convenors and justice actors, this session seeks to explore the local, regional and international challenges experienced in mobilising and delivering legal pro bono during the pandemic and provide an insight into the lessons and strategies to inspire, coordinate and deliver more impactful pro bono to advance access to justice around the world.

Chair: Emma Lough, Director, Lawyers Against Poverty

Panelists:

Aisha Abdallah, Partner (Head of Pro Bono), ALN Kenya

Mariam Faruqi, South Asia Director, iProbono

Philip Worthington, Managing Director, European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL)

Sara Lulo, Executive Director, International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP)

Zoom
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Find your way back to your body and ease your neck and shoulders with just a few minutes of seated mindful movement. This guided breathing and stretching session from the comfort of your chair with Abi Nolan the founder of Supply Yoga will provide attandees with a moment to re-charge and reset during the busy conference day.  This will provide delegates with tools to incorporate wellbeing practices into their busy schedules.  

Facilitator: Abi Nolan, Supply Yoga

Abi is the founder of Supply Yoga, she has a devoted interest in how health inequality and social disparity can be tackled through accessible and affordable wellbeing services. As such, her approach to sharing yoga, whether in a studio, community or clinical setting, is rooted in accessibility and inclusivity. Her classes hand over agency to you, to move, breathe and feel a sense of belonging in your body, and to participate with ownership of your practice, wherever it is at.

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The rule of law plays a foundational and essential role in supporting and advancing climate justice. Three ingredients must co-exist for this to hold true. First, good rules need to be made; secondly, strong institutions in the form of courts of law need to be created that are fair, impartial and independent; and thirdly, those institutions need to be used effectively by officers of the court – dedicated lawyers willing and able to enforce the written laws and drive progress on the climate justice agenda. In the international development context, A4ID’s pro bono lawyers provide support on projects across all three endeavours. Its ROLE UK program provided pro bono technical legal support to the round table that spawned the legal working group tasked with drafting the legislation that ensures Nigeria meets its international legal obligations under the Paris Agreement. A4ID also brokered the pro bono lawyers who drafted the Proclamation bill that will constitute the Ethiopian Environmental Tribunal, as well as its Rules of Procedure. Strong laws on the books however hold little value unless they are effectively enforced. Fully cognisant of this, lawyers have embarked on an ambitious and exciting climate litigation movement at scale led by two of A4ID’s Development Partners, Greenpeace and ClientEarth. To date, many of the key wins and highlights have been based on a human right strategy linked to the human right to a healthy and safe environment. In the post-pandemic and post-COP26 era, a horizon scan reveals an emerging class of climate litigation that strikes at the very core of the corporate heartland – shareholder actions and pension funds will set the scene for the next wave of climate litigation – and a whole new set of legal risks that prudent lawyers will need to adjust to and advise on.

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Chair: Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)

Panelists: Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, Lagos State University

Dr. Ayele Hegena Anabo, Director General of Policy, Environmental Law and Standards Directorate; Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ethiopia

Kristin Casper, Interim General Counsel, Greenpeace

Sylvia Wu, Legal Coordinator, Greenpeace East Asia

Peter Barnett, Senior Lawyer, Head of Asia Climate and Energy, ClientEarth

Zoom
Description

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, health has taken centre stage in international and national governance and relations. Internationally coordinated action across governments, multilateral organisations and the private sector has produced the monumental achievement of developing vaccines at unprecedented speed, yet challenges remain regarding the universal and equitable distribution of vaccines. This has opened up debates concerning intellectual property rights, equitable trade and human rights concerning the right to health, prioritisation and access to essential healthcare. Underpinning these issues, is the wider international agenda, encompassed within SDG 3, aiming at establishing stronger protections for the right to health and universal health coverage.

Panellists will consider how working with the law could help to navigate a way forward that will serve and enhance the current pandemic response, face current and future global health challenges, as well as how pro bono services could support these efforts and be responsive in the face of complex situations of crisis.

Chair: Robert Yates, Director, Global Health Programme, Chatham House

Panelists: Dr Aisling McMahon, Lecturer, Maynooth University Department of Law

Dr. Umunyana Rugege, Executive Director, SECTION27

Dr Yuan Qiong Hu, Postdoctoral Research Associate,  SOAS

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Day 2:
26 June 2021
Practices, Tools and Vision for Advancing SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Description

This workshop will use practical case studies to introduce participants to tools for the planning, delivery and monitoring of legal pro bono technical assistance in a development context. These tools, widely used in the development sector, include political-economy analysis, developing a theory of change, the COM-B model and universal questions for monitoring and evaluation. Together the tools ensure legal and judicial specialists are able to analyse the factors contributing to visible rule of law problems; articulate the logic and rationale behind their selected activities and how those activities will address the problems identified. Legal -pro bono providers will understand key development concepts and principles and how they are relevant to international pro bono work.

Facilitated by A4ID team.

Description

Too often, policies that aim to strengthen the rule of law only widen equality gaps and further marginalise oppressed groups because the needs of all are not fully considered. This workshop aims to help those working on rule of law programmes to better understand how equality can be mainstreamed into every stage of programming, from design to adaptation. It is informed by A4ID’s ROLE UK Programme’s work with legal and judicial stakeholders and the insight they offered into the challenges faced in mainstreaming equality into their rule of law programmes. Moving through the different stages of the project cycle, this workshop provides practical guidance for how equality can be mainstreamed at each stage. By the end of the workshop, readers should have an improved understanding of how to create projects that benefit all sectors of society, avoid doing harm and help advance the rights of the most marginalised.

Facilitated by A4ID team.

Description

Join for a fun quiz-break and test your knowledge of SDGs, Pro Bono and Rule of Law issues. If you are interested in attending, please just come and join us for this fun and informative interlude. No studying necessary, just bring yourself and a sense of adventure.

Zoom
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SDG 16 seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Its third target is to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all. This session seeks to examine the importance of SDG 16, and specifically target 16.3 on rule of law, as the ‘great enabler’ for sustainable development and a foundational objective for the SDG agenda.

Keynote: Jeffrey Sachs, Director and Professor, Centre for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Chair: Yasmin Batliwala, Chief Executive, A4ID

Panelists: Eleanor Thompson, Deputy Director, Programmes, Namati Sierra Leone

Maaike de Langen, Program Lead, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Naina Patel, Barrister, Rule of Law and Development Consultant, Blackstone Chambers

Pilar Domingo, Senior Research Fellow, ODI

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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Aisha Abdallah

Partner (Head of Pro Bono), ALN Kenya

Aisha heads the Disputes Resolution department at ALN Kenya, Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), covering offices in Nairobi and Mombasa. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on fraud, economic crime and disputes over land, the environment and natural resources.

Panel: Coordinating pro bono: strategic insights from across the world

Dr Aisling McMahon

Lecturer, Maynooth University Department of Law

Dr McMahon joined Maynooth University in September 2018 from Durham University where she was an Assistant Professor in Biolaw and Co-Director of the Centre for Ethics Law and the Life Sciences (CELLS).

Panel: How can pro bono support  the right to Health and promote universal health coverage?

Anjana Prakash

Senior Advocate, The Supreme Court of India

Anjana Prakash is a former judge of the Patna High Court in India and is now a senior advocate in the Supreme Court. She is also widely published and writes on topics like equality and rule of law for a variety of publications.

Panel: Towards a world beyond COVID-19

Dr. Ayele Hegena Anabo

Director General of Policy, Environmental Law and Standards Directorate; Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Ethiopia)

Dr Anabo currently serves as the Directorate General in the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission of Ethiopia that engages at federal level in research and development of environmental policy, laws and standards.

Panel: A Rule of Law Approach to Climate Justice

Dr Dinusha Panditaratne

Adviser and Head of Asia, Governance and Peace, Commonwealth Secreteriat

Dr Dinusha Panditaratne is the Adviser and Head of Asia, Governance and Peace Directorate, at the Commonwealth Secretariat. She has expertise in international law, human rights, regionalism in the Indian Ocean, and Sri Lankan foreign policy.

Panel: Towards a world beyond COVID-19

Eleanor Thompson

Deputy Director, Programmes, Namati Sierra Leone

Eleanor Thompson is a human rights lawyer and policy advocate who is passionate about innovations that drive solutions to social justice problems.

Panel: The Future of SDG 16

Emma Lough

Director, Lawyers Against Poverty

Emma is responsible for overseeing LAP’s strategic operations. She has 10 years’ experience working on human rights and access to justice in the non-profit sector.

Panel: Coordinating pro bono: strategic insights from across the world

Dr Hu Yuan Qiong

Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Doctors Without Borders; Research Associate, SOAS

Hu Yuanqiong is a lawyer and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Law, SOAS. Yuan works as Senior Legal and Policy Advisor for the Access Campaign of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors without Borders) with a focus on access to medicines and intellectual property.

Panel: How can pro bono support  the right to Health and promote universal health coverage?

Ian Duddy

Head, Human Rights and Rule of Law Department, FCDO’s Open Societies and Human Rights Directorate

Ian Duddy is Deputy Director and Head of the Human Rights and Rule of Law Department in the FCDO’s Open Societies and Human Rights Directorate.

Panel: Towards a World Beyond COVID-19 

Jayshree Satpute

Co-Founder, Nazdeek

Recognized by UK's The Guardian as one of the "World's Top 100 Inspiring Women", Jayshree Satpute is a human rights lawyer and co-founder of Nazdeek.

Panel: International Partnerships for Sustainable Change

Jedidah Wakonyo Waruhiu

Advocate, High Court of Kenya

Jedidah Wakonyo Waruhiu has been an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya since 1996 and was named 2020 Jurist of the Year. From 2014-2020, Jedidah was Commissioner of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR).

Panel: International Partnerships for Sustainable Change

Jeffrey Sachs

Director and Professor, Centre for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development.

Panel: The Future of SDG 16

Jeroen Ouwehand

Global Senior Partner, Clifford Chance

Jeroen Ouwehand is with Clifford Chance since 1992. He is a partner since 2000, former head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution for Continental Europe, former Managing Partner of the Clifford Chance Amsterdam office and as of 1 January 2019 the Firm's Global Senior Partner.

Panel: Towards a World Beyond COVID-19 

Julia Braunmiller

Legal and Gender Specialist, World Bank Group

Julia Constanze Braunmiller is a Legal and Gender Specialist with the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law project. Women, Business and the Law produces a unique annual dataset on the laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities in 190 countries to inform policy discussions and World Bank operations.

Panel: Towards a World Beyond COVID-19 

Kristin Casper

Interim General Counsel, Greenpeace

For more than a decade, Kristin Casper has been leading Greenpeace International’s efforts to develop and implement cutting-edge legal strategies to hold governments and corporations accountable for the climate emergency.

Panel: A Rule of Law Approach to Climate Justice

Maaike de Langen

Program Lead, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Maaike de Langen is Program Lead on Justice for All, a program of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at NYU’s Centre for International Cooperation.

Panel: The Future of SDG 16

Mariam Faruqi

South Asia Regional Director, iProbono

Mariam Faruqi is the South Asia Regional Director at iProbono. With more than ten years of experience in human rights law, Mariam leads iProbono’s work across the South Asia region.

Panel: Coordinating pro bono: strategic insights from across the world

Naina Patel

Barrister, Rule of Law and Development Consultant, Blackstone Chambers

Naina is recognised as a leading barrister in a broad range of areas, with particular expertise in public and human rights law, competition and regulatory law, public international law and trade and sanctions law.

Panel: The Future of SDG 16

Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun

Co-Founder, Environmental Resource Centre

Olanrewaju Fagbohun, SAN is a Professor of Environmental Law and formerly, Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Nigeria.

He frequently serves as consultant to governments and development agencies, and was a member of the IBA Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights.

Panel: A Rule of Law Approach to Climate Justice

Peter Barnett

Head of Asia Climate and Energy, ClientEarth

Peter Barnett is the Head of Asia Climate and Energy at international environmental NGO ClientEarth. ClientEarth uses the law, backed by science and economics, to protect people and planet. Peter frequently speaks and writes on the role of corporate law in driving greater sustainability in business and investment decisions, including shareholder climate activism and litigation.

Panel: A Rule of Law Approach to Climate Justice

Philip Worthington

Managing Director, European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL)

Phil is the Managing Director of European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL), an NGO that provides free legal assistance to asylum seekers on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Samos, and now most recently in Athens, through its team of Greek lawyers and volunteer European lawyers.

Panel: Coordinating pro bono: strategic insights from across the world

Pilar Domingo

Senior Research Fellow, ODI

Pilar Domingo joined ODI as Research Fellow in the Politics and Governance team in January of 2009. Previously she was at the Institute for the Study of the Americas of the University of London, and prior to that at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Panel: The Future of SDG 16

Richard Honey QC

Chair, UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network (UKSLPBN)

Richard Honey QC practises as a barrister in the fields of public law and environmental law, with particular specialisms in judicial review and similar statutory challenges, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and compensation, and climate change and ESG litigation.

Panel: International Partnerships for Sustainable Change

Mr Justice Robin Knowles

Judge, Commercial Court of England and Wales

Mr Justice Robin Knowles is a Judge of the Commercial Court of England and Wales is responsible for the day to day affairs of Standing International Forum of the Commercial Court (SIFoCC).

Panel: Towards a World Beyond COVID-19 

Syeda Rizwana Hasan

Chief Executive, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)

Syeda Rizwana Hasan is an enrolled lawyer with the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In her professional life, she works for the environmental cause as the Chief Executive of a national Non-Governmental Organization known as the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).

Panel: A Rule of Law Approach to Climate Justice

Robert Yates

Executive Director, Centre For Universal Health, Chatham House

Robert Yates is a political health economist specializing in universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. He is Executive Director of the Centre For Universal Health at Chatham House.

Panel: How can pro bono support  the right to Health and promote universal health coverage?

Sara Lulo

Executive Director, International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP)

Sara Lulo serves as Executive Director of the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP). A non-profit, non-governmental organization founded twenty years ago, ISLP mobilizes pro bono legal support to advance global economic development that is more just, accountable, and inclusive.

Panel: Coordinating pro bono: strategic insights from across the world

Suzie Turner

Partner and Chair, Pro Bono Practice, Dechert

Suzanne Turner is a partner and the chair of Dechert's firm-wide Pro Bono practice, which provides legal representation to individuals and organisations that otherwise could not afford it.

Panel: International Partnerships for Sustainable Change

Sylvia Wu

Legal Coordinator, Taipei Office, Greenpeace East Asia

Sylvia Wu is a legal coordinator at Greenpeace East Asia. Her work focuses specifically on human rights and climate justice. Recently, she has been coordinating the first climate litigation in Taiwan with individual plaintiffs, lawyers, Greenpeace and local environmental groups.

Panel: A Rule of Law Approach to Climate Justice

Umunyana Rugege

Executive Director, SECTION27

Umunyana Rugege is the Executive Director of SECTION27, a human rights organisation based in South Africa that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice.  She is a human rights lawyer and has been with SECTION27 since its inception in 2010.

Panel: How can pro bono support  the right to Health and promote universal health coverage?

Justice Zainab Alami

High Court Judge, The Gambia

Justice Zainab Alami is a Judge of the High Court, based in Banjul, The Gambia. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple) and The Gambia Bar in 2000.

Panel: International Partnerships for Sustainable Change

Abi Nolan

Founder, Supply Yoga

Abi is the founder of Supply Yoga, she has a devoted interest in how health inequality and social disparity can be tackled through accessible and affordable wellbeing services. As such, her approach to sharing yoga, whether in a studio, community or clinical setting, is rooted in accessibility and inclusivity.

Panel: A4ID & Supply Yoga: Serenity

Bruce Lasky

Co-Founder, BABSEACLE

Bruce Lasky, J.D.; LL.M. is the Co-Founder/Co-director of the international not-for-profit, access to justice/legal education organization BABSEACLE, and a Partner and Pro Bono Head of Thailand based law firm Lanna Lawyers, which has a strong and fervent pro bono focus and practice.

Panel: A4ID: Spark Talks

Katrina Crossley

CEO, International Law Book Facility

Katrina Crossley has been involved with the ILBF since it was founded in 2005. After a career as a lawyer working in legal publishing, leading content teams and creating online products for lawyers, she now runs the ILBF as CEO.

Panel: A4ID: Spark Talks