Capacity development webinar for lawyers on responsible investments in agriculture: Asia Pacific focus

18 May 2022 0600 - 0800 BST

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A webinar co-presented by the IBA Agricultural Law Section and Advancing Land-based Investment Governance (ALIGN)*, and supported by the IBA African Regional Forum, the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum, the IBA European Regional Forum, the IBA Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee, the IBA International Commerce and Distribution Committee, the IBA Technology Law Committee and the IBA Water Law Committee.

Responsible investment in agriculture is a critically important issue and lawyers in the African and Asia Pacific geographic regions of the world need specialised knowledge to strengthen legal capacity to master this niche area of the law. Utilising the contributions of the Committee on World Food Security Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS RAI Principles) and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance on Tenure (VGGT), attendees will better understand their application in everyday legal work related to investments in agriculture for the African and Asia Pacific regions.

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Specific webinar topics will include:

  • Why should lawyers worry about investments in agricultural lands?

    Attracting agricultural and other land-based investments is often a key policy goal of many governments, but the risks to governments and communities associated with these investments – including dispossession, environmental degradation and conflict – can undermine potentially positive impacts that such projects may bring. Investors, too, face significant financial and reputational risks from such investments. What is the role of lawyers in facilitating investments that are responsible and realise sustainable outcomes? What resources are available to facilitate the work of government and company lawyers in identifying and mitigating land rights-related risks, respecting legitimate tenure rights and addressing practical considerations for due diligence?
     
  • Legal frameworks and land-based investment: why should lawyers take soft law instruments into account?

    Legal frameworks are powerful forces that help to shape the outcomes of investment. Understanding how these various frameworks interact, and how international soft law instruments – including the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) – can influence these frameworks, is critical for advancing responsible land-based investment. This session will explore how legal frameworks governing land-based investment overlap and interact, how they shape the rights of stakeholders and how soft-law instruments can strengthen laws, policies and practices.
     
  • Community consultation and consent

    A core dimension of responsible investment is the identification of legitimate tenure rights holders and the meaningful participation by affected rights holders and compliance with the obligation to obtain the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of a community or people affected by a project. This session will highlight international standards regarding consultation and FPIC and provide examples of good practice.
*ALIGN supports governments, civil society, local communities and other relevant actors in strengthening the governance of land-based investments. The project is implemented by a consortium led by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and Namati, and is funded with UK aid from the UK government. Some of this webinar material has been produced as part of ALIGN by CCSI and IIED, however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of ALIGN partners or the UK Government.

Fees

  Prices in GBP + UK VAT @ 20%, where applicable:

IBA members

Free

Non-members

Free

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Moderator
Nusrat Hassan

Moderator
Link Legal , Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Co-Chair, Agricultural Law Section

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Confirmed speakers
Darryl Vhugen

Speaker
Land Tenure Consultant, Seattle, Washington, USA

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Anna Bulman

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Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), New York, New York, USA

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Valerie Anne Johnston

Speaker
Food and Agricultural Organization of UN, Rome, Italy

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Devdas Baliga

Speaker
Bayer Group of Companies, Thane, Maharashtra, India

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Hector D Soliman

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British Council, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

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Lan Ngoc Nguyen

Speaker
Intl Institute for Sustainable Development, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Margret Vidar

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FAO Development Law Branch, Rome, Italy

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Li Jiao

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Buren N.V., The Hague, the Netherlands; Secretary-Treasurer, Agricultural Law Section

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