Lawyers Against Poverty


We hold regular events to bring together the LAP community. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date on upcoming events, networking and training opportunities. You can also get involved in hosting your own by joining one of our Thematic Groups leading our work on Refugee Rights, Women’s Rights, Land Rights and Ethical Business.

Upcoming Events

Roots2Justice Initiative Webinar: ‘Free, Prior & Informed Consent’ (Thursday 3rd November, 10am UK)

Join Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP) as part of the Roots2Justice Initiative on Thursday 3rd November (10am UK) for the first in a series of webinars focused on using the law to achieve environmental justice. The Roots2Justice initiative seeks to empower and support grassroots activists and their local communities in tackling corporate abuse and malpractice.

From November 2022, we are running a series of Taster Sessions. These taster sessions will give an insight into our upcoming Best Practice Forum in 2023 and provide a space for activists and lawyers to discuss legal strategies that can help in the fight against corporate abuse and malpractice.
This session will explore the rights to “Free Prior and Informed Consent” and will be facilitated by Daniel Kobei from Ogiek Peoples Development Programme and Lucy Claridge from Forest Peoples Programme.  

National Pro Bono Week: Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP) Oxford Meet Up (Thursday 10th November, 6pm)

Join Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP) on Thursday 10th November (6pm) at Lewis Silkin LLP, King Charles House, Park End Street, OX1 1JD to meet new members of the LAP community and find out how you can get involved locally supporting social justice in your community.
This is an open event with light refreshments welcoming everyone with an interest in our mission of using the law to combat poverty. We will share updates on recent and upcoming LAP activities and opportunities to get involved locally through our Community Legal Confidence Programme as well as wider opportunities to connect with members nationally and internationally through our current initiatives.  

Previous Events

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.

Read the event report.

We were delighted to welcome four speakers who gave up their time to talk with us about these issues:

Flourishing Diversity

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.

Read the event report.

Making Indigenous Land Rights a Reality

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.

Read the event report.

Advancing Women's Rights

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.

Read the event report.