\ Our work

“2016 saw the first full year of implementation of our refined strategy and it has been a great success as evidenced by the range of projects undertaken and depth of engagement with trusted partners. It has been gratifying to see how increased specialisation has enabled staff to play a greater role in developing and shaping the practice areas for which they are responsible and for the US and UK offices to be working together closely to achieve our mission.”

Susan Hazledine, Executive Director, ISLP-UK

 

 

Our Focus Areas

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Anti-Bribery & Corruption

Anti-Bribery & Corruption

 

Incorporated in much of ISLP’s work to date, Anti-Bribery & Corruption is now a defined focus area, which seeks to promote transparency, integrity and accountability in public and private institutions. ISLP provides targeted legal support to both local and international efforts to reverse the corrosive economic, political and social impacts of corruption identified as key barriers to sustainable development.

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Community-Inclusive Development

ISLP’s Community-Inclusive Development work empowers local communities at risk of being marginalized or exploited by large-scale natural resource and infrastructure development. By providing legal tools and strategic guidance alongside building local capacity, ISLP helps to ensure communities benefit equitably from development projects that impact their land and traditional livelihoods.

Community-Inclusive Development
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Tax

Tax

 

ISLP’s Tax work helps to enable developing nations to develop fair and effective tax systems and to generate the funds they need to finance development projects and provide basic public services. ISLP provides technical expertise and practical experience to help countries build national tax policy, strengthen tax administration capacities, and handle international tax treaty negotiations effectively.

 

 

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Investment & Trade

 

ISLP’s Investment & Trade work provides support on policy issues critically important to developing economies. ISLP’s high-level legal advice and capacity-building programs help governments incentivize investment and generate fair revenues to support social services and economic growth, as well as promote local business access to global markets.

Investment & Trade
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Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management

 

ISLP’s Natural Resource Management work assists governments in reviewing, analyzing and negotiating contracts with regard to the exploration, development and use of natural resources. Additionally, ISLP helps design and draft legal and regulatory frameworks that encourage fair returns, transparency and accountability, as well as helps to build the capacity of government officials so as to better enable them to implement those frameworks.

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Current Program Work

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Anti-Bribery & Corruption

  • -ALBANIA: As part of our ongoing support for Albania’s justice reform program ISLP recently delivered courses on juvenile justice and organized crime for judges of the court of first instance and serious crimes court. We look forward to further trainings with the School of Magistrates and the School of Advocates in February 2018.

 

-MADAGASCAR: High level advisory support to the newly formed Malagasy Commission for Judicial Integrity, led by ISLP experts Colin Joseph, former Senior Partner of D J Freeman, and Mary McGowan Davis, OHCHR Commissioner and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York

 

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Community-Inclusive Development

-KENYA: In collaboration with the Justice & Corporate Accountability Project, sent a delegation of legal experts to accompany the Kerio Valley Community Organization (KVCO) to meetings with Tullow Kenya in Nairobi to explore how to improve stakeholder engagement processes, and to propose principles for enhanced information-sharing with communities that have been and will be impacted by oil exploration and development

 

-LATIN AMERICA: Development of a program to empower civil society participation in large-scale development in the Andean region where indigenous communities have historically been prevented from having input with regard to development decisions, including target projects as follows:

 

–  BOLIVIA: Hydropower and oil exploration 

 

–  ECUADORIAN AMAZON: Oil exploration 

 

–  PERU: Palm oil production, oil exploitation and infrastructure development

 

-MEXICO: In partnership with the ABA Center for Human Rights, preparation of a submission to the IACHR regarding the Government of Mexico’s failure to address illegal property seizures and destruction associated with a major dam development, as well as threats to landowners and their legal counsel

 

-MYANMAR: Assistance to civil society groups and communities facing potential significant harm from a range of large-scale natural resource and infrastructure development projects including hydropower, mining and special economic zone development; advising on expansion of the Asian Highway, specifically capacity building for environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), negotiation training and potential use of community benefit agreements (CBAs)

 

-NEW YORK: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to host training program for lawyers in ISLP’s network to familiarize them with the complexities of representing marginalized communities whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by large-scale resource development, including workshops on the application of corporate negotiation skills in the representation of communities.

 

-PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Development of a program of assistance to civil society organization Bismarck Ramu Group (BRG) to help prevent or mitigate impact of large-scale developments that pose significant risks to coastal communities’ livelihoods and traditional practices, including providing BRG with desk-based legal research to formulate legal arguments, and delivering workshops and direct transactional assistance to support BRG’s advocacy and negotiation efforts.

 

-KENYA: Training program, to be piloted in Kenya, targeted at supporting local legal professionals in various aspects of social impact investing, including how to structure investment terms that are beneficial for a social enterprise and internal environmental and social governance systems that foster growth as well as accountability.

 

-NEW YORK: In partnership with the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), co-facilitated the annual Legal Practitioners Track meeting to address complex issues facing practitioners working with social impact investments, including corruption in emerging economies and innovative investment exits.

 

-SOUTH AFRICA & ZIMBABWE: Commercial law training programs undertaken with an eye to rolling out further similar training in other East African countries in 2018. 

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Tax

-AFRICA: Regional dialogues on tax and fiscal policies in the extractive industries with NEPAD; support for development of a transfer pricing risk assessment tool, as well as development and promotion of a wider Africa tax initiative.

 

-LIBERIA:  

– Advising on engagement with the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.

–  Legal assistance on a range of tax administration and policy issues, including matters relating to international tax strategy as well as actual and potential cross-border investment and operational activity.

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Investment & Trade

 

-IRAQ: Training of officials from State Owned Entities with regard to negotiating joint venture agreements with foreign investors

 

-LIBERIA: Drafting of legislation in preparation for WTO accession

 

-ZAMBIA: Assisting with creation of an assessment framework to evaluate viability of exporting peanuts, cassava, refined copper and precious stones under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

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Natural Resource Management

-AFGHANISTAN, LIBERIA, & MALAWI: High-level legal analysis of and support for multi-million dollar investment contracts in the extractive, agriculture and infrastructure sectors

 

-GHANA & LIBERIA: Analysis and drafting of legal and regulatory frameworks

 

-GHANA: Negotiating and drafting of Oil & Gas contracts

 

-MALAWI: Negotiating and drafting of Mining contracts

 

-TANZANIA: LNG resource development and management and production-sharing agreements for Oil & Gas

 

-ZAMBIA: Advice on contractual options for implementing regional hydroelectric project

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