IBA Global Insight - February 2012

FEATURES: AFTER THE CRISIS

Sovereign wealth: shifting sands

The shifting dynamics of the global economy are giving rise to difficult questions. Although sovereign wealth funds tend to be passive investors, worries remain that their approach conceals aggressive intent.

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Global leaders: Hugh Verrier

The chairman of White & Case – a global firm with an annual revenue of US$1.3 billion – discusses the financial crisis, emerging markets and the challenges for the profession.

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THE IBA INTERVIEW
Access Denied

Austerity, riots and spiralling prison numbers have led to major legislative responses from the UK Government, which have been heavily criticised by leading lawyers, NGOs and the House of Lords. The IBA met with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke and put their concerns to him.

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ARAB SPRING
Arabian Fights

Egypt recently completed its first free elections for six decades. Yet the army, Islamists, liberals and old guard are still vying for power. IBA Global Insight meets those involved in the transition, including leading presidential candidate Amr Moussa, former Secretary-General of the Arab League.

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Acts or emissions

Climate change has taken a back seat to economic woes and the Arab Spring, further diminishing political will to tackle the issue. As successive summits in Copenhagen, Cancún and Durban have produced mixed results at best, IBA Global Insight assesses the challenges.

LATIN AMERICA: HUMAN RIGHTS
Erivaldo dos Santos: The quest for prisoners’ rights

Sixteen years ago, Erivaldo Santos abandoned his job in a bank and became a judge. He is now renowned in Brazil and beyond for his innovative, award-winning projects.

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USA: You could'a been a contender - US foreign policy on the election trail
Middle East: Year of the Dragon for Gulf
oil and gas producers
Africa: Liberating in poetry but governing in prose - The African National Congress