Future Lawyers’ Training Programme

A Personal Injury and Criminal Law Training Program

Future Lawyers’ Training Programme

Why take this program

The Future Lawyers’ Training Programme introduces law students to international development.

It covers the changes in global poverty and development financing, challenges such as corruption, conflict, and climate change, approaches to human rights and responsible business, and what’s next on the horizon.

You will have a chance to think about how you can contribute to international development efforts throughout your legal careers, and how the law can be used to further development efforts.

Who for and who with

The programme is aimed at law students with a strong interest in the role the law plays in the development agenda and the critical skills to apply your legal knowledge to a new area.

Seminars and workshops are delivered by leading academics, development professionals, and practicing lawyers to help participants understand how the law can secure, or be a barrier to, sustainable development.

What you gain

  • An overview of the big issues in international development, successes and challenges in using the law, and the complexities involved in trying to make effective interventions
  • Practical skills in thinking through how you would tackle real life cases
  • Contacts with people working in this field which you can build on to develop your own career opportunities

How you learn

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Each topic will be introduced with a presentation and time for questions and discussions.  You will have the opportunity to explore the issues and how they play out in practice, through participatory group work and interactive exercises.

We will upload background information, course materials, and further resources to a shared secure site so that you can build on your learning.


BPP Law School, London Holborn


  • Module One Saturday 7 March (full day) and Sunday 8 March (half day)
  • Module Two Saturday 28 March (full day) and Sunday 29 March (half day)

Browse the topics covered at the last years’ programme below:

  • Introduction to International Development
  • Rights, Rule of Law, and Role of Lawyers

Module One: Introduction to international development

Saturday 7 March 2015

Global poverty and inequality

Welcome and introduction

The past

  • What is ‘development’? What does it seek to achieve? How do we measure development and growth?
  • What is poverty? How have poverty trends changed over time?
  • The role of aid and reverse finance flows: debt, trade, foreign investment
  • The Millennium Development Goals

Dr Sandra Sequeira, LSE

Effective development: case study

  • Development effectiveness principles
  • Poverty reduction strategies in the context of the changing balance of development finance actors and instruments
  • New resource flows in Africa, focusing on Uganda’s mineral resources and Chinese investment
  • Supporting effective states and inclusive development

Dr Sam Hickey, University of Manchester

The present

  • What are the key issues and debates in development today?
  • Where are the global poor and where will they be by 2030?
  • New forms of financing from the global south, middle income countries, philanthropy, remittances, crowdfunding
  • Should aid funds be used for welfare, investment or global public goods?

Dr Sandra Sequeira, LSE

The future: group work

Sunday 8 March 2015

Global changes and challenges 1

Corruption, natural resources and governance

  • The ‘natural resource curse’: how timber, diamonds, and oil can incentivize corruption
  • Adverse impacts on human rights and the environment in resource-abundant economies
  • Legal mechanisms to combat corruption, hold elites to account, and stop illegal extraction and trade in natural resources

Reiner Tegtmeyer, Global Witness

Empowering women and safeguarding children

  • Mainstreaming gender in international development programming to eradicate poverty
  • Gender-based violence and sexual violence
    Safeguarding children in humanitarian settings
  • Remedies and policies under domestic and international humanitarian law

Aneeta Williams, Bridging Worlds Consulting