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LAP Refugee Rights Group Meeting
Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP)’s Thematic Groups are collaborative spaces for members to come together, share ideas and work on projects. We are opening up the first re-convening of the Refugee Rights Group to anyone interested in finding out more.
We are delighted to welcome Philip Worthington, Executive Director of European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELiL) to speak at this meeting to share insights and current challenge from their work supporting refugees on Lesvos and the Greek mainland and will open up the discussion to explore where the group can support this important work.
This will be an informal 1-1.5hour session to meet each other and discuss upcoming projects.
Launch Event: “Putting the Law Behind Climate Justice”
Join us at the launch event for our new Legal Empowerment Project on Monday 25th October (6pm) at Simmons & Simmons (1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS)
This is a joint initiative between Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP), Simmons & Simmons, The Alliance for Lawyers at Risk, Action4Justice and Peace Brigades International UK , designed to bridge the gap between grassroots human, environmental and climate justice movements and the international legal community, in order to build coordinated and multidisciplinary approaches to global environmental issues.
The event will include an exclusive screening of the new short film “In Defense of our Lands”, featuring the courageous fight of Latin American environmental defenders to protect their water supplies and natural resources – and be followed by a Q&A expert discussion to learn more about how threats posed by climate change and what legal strategies can help address these to protect planet earth and to hold governments and corporations to account.
Defending the Rule of Law: Costs & Privileges
To mark the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, LAP co-hosted a webinar with Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk to shine a light on the vital and often dangerous work of lawyers in regions where the rule of law is weak and connect international efforts to strengthen human rights around the world. The webinar was be chaired by first president of the UK Supreme Court Lord Phillips and featured a screening of the latest film produced by Manu Valcarce on the challenges lawyers face in upholding the rule of law.
Feminist Principles in Governance
Lawyers Against Poverty welcomed Patti Whaley, former Chair of Action Aid UK, to discuss how to understand and apply feminist principles in governance, what this means for advocacy and influencing and how to adapt and apply these strategies in other areas.
Social Justice Lawyering in Times of Crisis
Lawyers Against Poverty hosted a series of conversations on social justice lawyering in times of crisis, kicking off with a discussion between LAP co-founder and Oxfam’s General Counsel Joss Saunders and former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Carnwath on the role of lawyers in the fight for climate justice.
With huge thanks to our speakers and everyone who joined us to mark the launch. The event was chaired by LAP Co-Chairs Richard Dyton and Kirsty Wilson.
- Welcome from Lawyers Against Poverty, Emma Lough, LAP Director (1 – 5 min)
- “The role of lawyers in the fight for climate justice”, Joss Saunders, Oxfam General Counsel & Lord Carnwath, Former UK Supreme Court Justice (5 – 25 min)
- “Funding gender justice through Covid-19”, Hadeel Abdel Aziz, Justice Centre for Legal Aid, Jordan (25 – 35min)
- “Taking action for refugees”, Adrian Henderson, LAP Refugee Legal Confidence Programme (42 – 56 min)
- “Connecting a global legal community”, Pascale Bird, LAP Twinning Programme & Marina Bwile, Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Office (57 – 1.12min)
- “Empowering a new generation of social justice advocates”, Naomi Sander, LAP Junior Lawyers Network & Katrina Crossley, International Law Book Facility (1.12 – 1.23 min)
COVID-19 and its Impact on Human Rights: a discussion with Oxfam
In the early days of the pandemic, Oxfam joined Lawyers Against Poverty to share insights into global response initiatives as Covid-19 spread. The impacts of the virus – and the response to it – have disproportionately affected disadvantaged people across the globe. The UN has highlighted the importance of ensuring healthcare and other measures protect the most vulnerable: older people, those with disabilities, minorities, indigenous peoples, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, people deprived of their liberty, homeless people and those living in poverty. This webinar addressed the question, ‘how do we rise to the challenge of ensuring that all peoples are afforded the fundamental rights of health and social protection in the midst of this global emergency?’
LAP Land Rights Group: Lawyers, Land Transactions and Human Rights
This webinar, hosted by LAP’s Land Rights Group, discussed key themes set out in the guide: Due diligence, tenure and agricultural investment – A guide to the dual responsibilities of private sector lawyers advising on acquisition of land and natural resource published by UNFAO (2019).
Report on Lawyers Against Poverty and guest speakers event
On 14 November Lawyers Against Poverty hosted an evening of talks on the topic: How lawyers can use their legal skills in order to promote rule of law and access to justice. This discussion took place in the context of women’s rights and refugee support.
We were delighted to welcome four speakers who gave up their time to talk with us about these issues:
- Tsitsi Matekaire, Global Lead, End Sex Trafficking, Equality Now
- Samantha Ferrell-Schweppenstedde, Programme Officer, End Sex Trafficking, Equality Now
- Philip Worthington, Managing Director of European Lawyers in Lesvos
- Adrian Henderson, Chair of the Oxford branch of Lawyers Against Poverty and Lead for our Refugee Thematic group
Indigenous Leaders Listening Session: The Flourishing Diversity Series
Lawyers Against Poverty and Simmons & Simmons co-hosted a listening session with indigenous leaders as part of The Flourishing Diversity Series. Find out more about it in the event report below.
Making Indigenous Land Rights a Reality
Lawyers Against Poverty hosted a discussion at Simmons & Simmons, welcoming Professor Alexandra Xanthaki, Research Director at Brunel Law School and Joss Saunders, General Counsel of Oxfam GB to lead a discussion on the struggle to realise indigenous rights and what lawyers can do to help.
Advancing Women’s Rights Through Strategic Litigation and Other Tools
Members of Lawyers Against Poverty’s Women’s Rights Group hosted a discussion on the tools we can use most effectively to advance and assert women’s rights.