A4ID Law and Development Training Programme - Socio-Economic Rights

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.

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.

Fee information:
Law firms and organisations with annual revenue > £5 million: Full course (5 modules): £1200 Single module: £300 Law firms and organisations with annual revenue < £5 million and self-funding individuals: Full course (5 modules): £900 Single module: £225 Full-time students: Full course (5 modules): £600 Single module: £150
How to register:

To register for one or several modules of the 2016-2017 Programme, please contact events@a4id.org, specifying your name, organisation and which module(s) you would like to register for.