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Advocates for International Development (A4ID)

Description

A4ID offers a broker service, matching requests for free legal assistance and advice from its development partners with the high quality skills and technical expertise of its partner law firms.

Lawyers identified through A4ID are able to assist on an unpaid/pro bono basis towards any work which can be linked to the eradication of poverty and sustainable development. This can be legal advice, assistance, research, drafting, representation, training or any other form of support that lawyers can provide.

Negotiation Support General

Regional focus:

Global.

Assistance criteria:

Governments must be developing countries and the assistance must be able to be linked to a benefit to the people of a country, particularly the poorest.

Sector focus:

A4ID potentially procures assistance in relation to any sector.

Collaboration with partners:

A4ID collaborate with suitable lawyers from leading law firms around the world with the requisite expertise to provide the support. They do not collaborate with other negotiation support providers.

Types of expertise:

Legal experts advise on a range of topics, including negotiation strategy, on a pro bono/unpaid basis. They are identified on the basis of their expertise from among suitable law firms and counsel willing to assist.

Number of in-house experts:

A4ID do not provide any direct legal advice in-house. A4ID source the assistance from their law firm partners. They have access to over 50,000 lawyers in more than 90 countries.

Length of involvement:

Depends on the project. The assistance from lawyers can range from a few hours of desk-based work, to training provided in-country over several days, to a long-term research or assistance project over several years.

Fee/non-fee based support:

Non-fee based. The lawyers’ time is free (pro bono). Travel expenses are not usually covered by the lawyers themselves, but by a third party funder or the recipient/client.

Speed of response:

Generally 1-2 weeks. If international travel is required to provide training or advice, response time is generally 2 months.

Practical constraints:

The scope of the assistance must be well-defined in cooperation with A4ID at the outset so that lawyers understand the extent of the work they are agreeing to do free of charge.

Types of negotiation support

Setting the Legal & Policy Framework Stage:

Lawyers can provide legal advice, assistance, research, drafting support, representation, or training.

Pre-Negotiation Stage:

Lawyers can provide legal advice, assistance, research, drafting support, representation, or training.

Contract Negotiation Stage:

Lawyers can provide legal advice, assistance, research, drafting support, representation, or training.

Implementation & Monitoring Stage:

Lawyers can provide legal advice, assistance, research, drafting support, representation, or training.

Advancing Knowledge-Sharing and Management:

No.

Provider Type:

Support Providers