\ Our work

“ISLP’s key focus in 2018 is to continue to provide legal advice and support to civil society, communities and emerging governments on a range of technical matters. These include but aren’t limited to anti-bribery and corruption, tax, community inclusive development, investment and trade, and natural resource management, which can include anything from oil and gas to renewables. Given the accelerating complexity of the global markets, the influx of massive amounts of capital and new actors in the development space, as well as the interrelated concerns around the rise of illicit funds flows and shell companies, I fully expect a significant rise in the demand for the type of work that ISLP and its fantastic volunteers can do.”

Katherine Mulhern, Executive Director, ISLP

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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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.

 

 

Tax
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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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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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Community-Inclusive Development

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.

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Impact Investing

 

ISLP’s Impact Investing Program sits within our Community Inclusive Development Focus Area. The work aims to stimulate social impact investment opportunities and support access to finance for small to medium-sized enterprises and nascent investment vehicles that embed social or environmental benefits into their business models.  

Impact Investing
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Recent 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.

 

-GUYANA: ISLP provided support to the Attorney General Office with the review of Guyana’s Cyber Crime Bill and Electronic Transactions Bill.

 

-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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Tax

– ANGLOPHONE AFRICA: Embarking upon a major new project to promote better double tax treaty policy in Anglophone Africa building on other recent ISLP work to build capacity of tax administrations on treaty negotiation and reform. 

 

-CAMEROON: The latest ISLP-facilitated NEPAD regional dialogue for African officials on tax and contract negotiation issues in the extractive industries took place in Yaounde.  

 

-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 issues, including provisions in concession agreements, the taxation of corporate reorganisations, and the development of new legislation.

 

– LONDON: Publishing a practical guide on how to capture capital gains tax on the offshore indirect transfer of extractives projects.  

 

– US and UK: Providing legal assistance to civil society partners to promote the constructive and innovative engagement of accountability actors in international tax issues. 

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Natural Resource Management

-AFGHANISTAN: re-establishment and broadening of our scope of work ISLP recently signed an engagement letter to support the Office of the President with mentoring, reviewing and renegotiating a series of infrastructure, energy, and NR contracts.

 

-TANZANIA: ISLP signed an institutional MOU for the provision of support to the Uongozi Institute, Tanzania’s national capacity building institute for government officials. We recently Implemented regional workshops on Oil & Gas and assisted the Government Negotiation Team to drat Term Sheets for the development of an LNG project.

 

-THE GAMBIA: Recently advised on the termination of a telecommunications contract.

 

-SOUTH AFRICA: ISLP staff served as panelists in two events for the 2017 Indaba mining conference, at the OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural-Resource based Development; at the Annual Southern African Development Community (SADC) Lawyers’ Association Conference and led trainings on Board Governance and Negotiation Skills for African government officials. 

 

-ZAMBIA: Provided support to the Office of the President and Zambia’s PPP Unit with a series of three specialized trainings on PPPs.

 

 

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Investment & Trade

-RWANDA: Assisting in negotiating a public-private partnership (PPP) concerning the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Kigali.

 

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

 

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

 

-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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Community-Inclusive 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 in BOLIVIA, PERU and ECUADOR. 

 

–  PERU: Desk-based research regarding PPPs, helping our client increase their understanding of the Peruvian legal regime compared to frameworks and best practices from other countries in Latin America. Also working on comparative analysis of environmental management. A volunteer trip is planned.

 

– BOLIVIA: Planned training on the life cycle of a project and community engagement along the      different stages of large-scale development projects.

 

  • – ECUADOR: A planned regional conference with our partners.

 

-MYANMAR: ISLP recently conducted two major training sessions in-country. The first was with public interest lawyers that focused on providing them practical skills training that they could use to better advocate for their community clients. ISLP also conducted another training for community members affected by a large tin mine and a Special Economic Zone on what effective and meaningful consultation would mean and how they can advocate for their rights under the new Myanmar Guidelines for Community Consultation.

 

-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.

 

 

-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.

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Impact Investing

-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.

 

 

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