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  • Brexit: Impact on Charities, Social Enterprises and Not-For-Profit Organisations

    Brexit: Impact on Charities, Social Enterprises and Not-For-Profit Organisations

    Allen & Overy and Thomson Reuters Foundation
    On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. It is difficult to predict how or when the formal exit will actually occur and what legal and constitutional arrangements will be agreed between the UK and the EU. What is clear however is that Brexit, whatever its ultimate form, will have an impact on the legal rights and obligations of charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations, as well as on their ability to perform their operations and to sustain themselves both in the UK and internationally. This Brexit Note provides an overview of some of the legal implications of Brexit. It deals with the potential impact of Brexit on issues including: employment and workers’ rights, EU funding and finance, contractual terms, insurance, data protection, intellectual property, competition, trade, public procurement, tax, environment and human rights.
  • Media Regulation in Russia - A Landscape Analysis of Laws and Trends

    Media Regulation in Russia - A Landscape Analysis of Laws and Trends

    DLA Piper Rus Limited, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fritt Ord Foundation
    A study of the shifting legal landscape that regulates online and print media in Russia prepared by Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Fritt Ord Foundation and DLA Piper Rus Limited.
  • Addendum: Balancing Purpose and Profit. Legal mechanisms to lock in social mission for “profit with purpose” businesses across the G8

    Addendum: Balancing Purpose and Profit. Legal mechanisms to lock in social mission for “profit with purpose” businesses across the G8

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, UnLtd and Thomson Reuters Foundation
    This report is produced in collaboration with UnLtd and Orrick. It is a review of legal and policy developments across Canada, France, Italy, UK and US that enable “profit with purpose” businesses to lock in their social mission.
  • Case Study on TrustLaw - How the Thomson Reuters Foundation Built the World’s Largest Pro Bono Legal Network to Serve the Poor

    Case Study on TrustLaw - How the Thomson Reuters Foundation Built the World’s Largest Pro Bono Legal Network to Serve the Poor

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, pfc Social Impact Advisors and the University of Oxford
    Pfc Social Impact Advisors, together with the University of Oxford's Said Business School and the Thomson Reuters Foundation have developed this comprehensive case study, exploring TrustLaw’s journey towards becoming the world’s largest broker of pro bono legal assistance to NGOs and social enterprises under the leadership of Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa.
  • Protecting Whistleblowers in the UK: A New Blueprint

    Protecting Whistleblowers in the UK: A New Blueprint

    Thomson Reuters Foundation and Blueprint for Free Speech
    With the support of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Blueprint for Free Speech produced an in-depth analysis of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA), the UK law designed to protect whistleblowers from retaliation in the workplace. The report outlines the key failings of the law and proposes 20 reforms to ensure that whistleblowers in the UK are protected and disclosures in the public interest are supported. Importantly, the study acts as a blueprint for countries looking to draft best practice legislation.
  • Road to Recovery - Statutory Compensation Schemes for Survivors of Human Trafficking

    Road to Recovery - Statutory Compensation Schemes for Survivors of Human Trafficking

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, DLA Piper and AIG
    The report examines the availability of statutory compensation schemes for survivors of human trafficking in 20 jurisdictions around the world. The focus of this report is on administrative statutory schemes managed by the state to provide financial compensation to victims of human trafficking. These statutory schemes may involve seeking money from the perpetrator or from a state funded scheme, and they may be specific to human trafficking crimes or general compensation schemes for all victims of crime.
  • Critics Are Not Criminals - Comparative Study of Criminal Defamation Laws in the Americas

    Critics Are Not Criminals - Comparative Study of Criminal Defamation Laws in the Americas

    Committee to Protect Journalists, Thomson Reuters Foundation and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    This report surveys the existence and enforcement of criminal defamation laws and other laws criminalizing or restricting speech across 33 countries in the Americas, including their application to growing methods of news dissemination such as the Internet and mobile communications. The report makes a notable contribution to our understanding of the chilling effect these laws can have on freedom of expression in the region, and it highlights best and worst practices that can guide advocacy efforts for legal reform.
  • The Business Brief: Shaping a catalytic Paris Agreement

    The Business Brief: Shaping a catalytic Paris Agreement

    Business for Social Responsibility and DLA Piper
    The Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and DLA Piper prepared a brief that makes specific recommendations for the Paris Agreement, to encourage the adoption of policies that stimulate the private sector and make it a partner with governments in implementing ambitious climate action.
  • Justice? What justice? Tackling acid violence and ensuring justice for survivors.

    Justice? What justice? Tackling acid violence and ensuring justice for survivors.

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, Acid Survivors Trust International, J. Sagar Associates
    The Thomson Reuters Foundation and Acid Survivors Trust International partnered to produce this publication on acid violence, one of the most brutal forms of violence with several thousand attacks across the world every year. This comparative study analyses data from Cambodia, Colombia, India and the United Kingdom in the hope that it will serve as an advocacy tool for any organisation/individual committed to supporting the cause of the victims of acid violence.
  • Derecho a una vivienda digna en Latinoamerica

    Derecho a una vivienda digna en Latinoamerica

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, TECHO, Hewlett Packard & PAGBAM
    From Lima to Dhaka, governments in developing countries are struggling to cope with the population shift from rural to urban areas and the consequences of rapid urbanization. This report, in Spanish, focuses on the legal advancement of the right to adequate housing in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The report identifies the existence of legislation on the right to adequate housing and how governments have implemented it and how the courts have interpreted it.
  • COMPENSATION SCHEMES - A COMPARATIVE REPORT ON NATIONAL STATE COMPENSATION SCHEMES

    COMPENSATION SCHEMES - A COMPARATIVE REPORT ON NATIONAL STATE COMPENSATION SCHEMES

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counselling Service Centre, Hogan Lovells
    At present, China does not have a national criminal compensation system. Without such a system in place, blameless victims of violent crimes may not receive compensation when the perpetrator lacks resources to pay fines or damages, despite a court’s conviction. This report provides information on the underlying legal framework for the relevant state compensation scheme, conditions and criteria for eligibility, level of compensation, the application process, and the fund from which compensation may be paid in 12 countries/regions.
  • Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information Principles in International Law

    Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information Principles in International Law

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, Reporters Without Borders and Paul Hastings LLP
    The Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers was produced at the request of Reporters Without Borders through TrustLaw in partnership with Paul Hastings LLP. The Handbook is for the thousands of journalists, lawyers and NGOs around the world who seek guidance on the international legal framework that protects the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of information. It covers important questions faced by international and regional bodies and courts, such as the extent to which journalists can criticize public figures; the release of state secrets; and the legality of blasphemy laws.
  • Empowering People with Disabilities - A Comparative Study of Disability Legislation

    Empowering People with Disabilities - A Comparative Study of Disability Legislation

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, Vidya Sagar, Linklaters
    This guide published for Vidya Sagar offers a comparative analysis of the laws governing disability and the implementation of the UNCRPD in eleven countries spanning five continents. This guide makes a notable contribution to our understanding of how different countries interpret and apply ‘legal capacity’ of people with disabilities, and it highlights best practices that can guide advocacy efforts for legal reform.
  • Putting Justice First: Legal Strategies To Combat Human Trafficking In India

    Putting Justice First: Legal Strategies To Combat Human Trafficking In India

    Thomson Reuters Foundation and The Freedom Fund
    The Thomson Reuters Foundation and The Freedom Fund partnered to produce Putting Justice First. The comprehensive report is the first of its kind and addresses several legal challenges faced by victims of human trafficking in India.
  • Character Evidence in Rape Trials: A Comparative Study of Rape Shield Laws and the Admissibility of Character Evidence in Rape Cases

    Character Evidence in Rape Trials: A Comparative Study of Rape Shield Laws and the Admissibility of Character Evidence in Rape Cases

    Thomson Reuters Foundation and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust
    The report was published for Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) by TrustLaw in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright (South Africa), Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, J. Sagar Associates, Mughal Barristers, and White & Case. The report analyses the admissibility of character evidence in rape cases, as well as the existence of rape shield laws across seven countries.
  • Balancing purpose and profit: Legal mechanisms to lock in social mission for "profit with purpose" businesses across the G8

    Balancing purpose and profit: Legal mechanisms to lock in social mission for "profit with purpose" businesses across the G8

    Orrick, UnLtd, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Produced in conjunction with UnLtd and Orrick, this publication examines the the ways in which social ventures across the G8 countries can lock in social mission as part of their structure.
  • A legal road map for Social Impact Bonds in Developing Countries

    A legal road map for Social Impact Bonds in Developing Countries

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, Instiglio and Baker & McKenzie
    A Legal Road Map for Social Impact Bonds in Developing Countries identifies and addresses legal challenges facing the implementation of SIBs in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Mauritius, Mexico and South Africa.
  • From Every Angle - Using the law to combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia

    From Every Angle - Using the law to combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia

    Thomson Reuters Foundation and Liberty Asia
    The report was published for Liberty Asia by TrustLaw in partnership with White & Case (China), Amauta Asia (Cambodia), Grűnkorn & Partner Law (Vietnam), Christopher Lee & Ong (Malaysia), Rajah & Tann (Myanmar), Morley, Chow & Seto (Hong Kong) and Clifford Chance (Thailand). The report presents common trafficking scenarios in seven countries and shows the laws broken at each step. It is a tool to help front-line NGOs and lawyers secure justice for victims of trafficking.
  • A Landscape Analysis of Domestic Violence Laws (Chinese version)

    A Landscape Analysis of Domestic Violence Laws (Chinese version)

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, CMS and DLA Piper International LLP
    TrustLaw Connect partnered with CMS and DLA Piper International LLP to analyse the legal frameworks that govern domestic violence in 24 jurisdictions. The report identifies the existence of anti-domestic violence laws and how they work in practice.
  • Protecting the Girl Child Legal Annex: Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Related Human Rights Violations

    Protecting the Girl Child Legal Annex: Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Related Human Rights Violations

    Thomson Reuters Foundation and Latham & Watkins
    This report is a comparative analysis of the laws that govern child marriage in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chad, Eritrea, Guatemala, India, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Yemen. This report is the result of a partnership between TrustLaw, Equality Now, Latham & Watkins and a number of domestic firms.
  • A Landscape Analysis of Domestic Violence Laws

    A Landscape Analysis of Domestic Violence Laws

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, CMS and DLA Piper International LLP
    TrustLaw Connect partnered with CMS and DLA Piper International LLP to analyse the legal frameworks that govern domestic violence in 24 jurisdictions. The report identifies the existence of anti-domestic violence laws and how they work in practice.
  • Patient Privacy in a Mobile World: A Framework to Address Privacy Law Issues in Mobile Health

    Patient Privacy in a Mobile World: A Framework to Address Privacy Law Issues in Mobile Health

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, Baker & McKenzie and Merck for the mHealth Alliance
    This research offers a comprehensive global review of privacy and security policies in the field of mHealth and recommendations for ensuring the security of health data that is collected and transmitted over mobile devices.
  • A Landscape Analysis of Domestic Workers Rights and ILO Convention 189

    A Landscape Analysis of Domestic Workers Rights and ILO Convention 189

    White & Case and Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia
    This Report examines existing laws that protect domestic workers in selected countries and aims to identify where new laws will be required in order to provide domestic workers with the rights and protections embodied in the Convention.
  • Overview of Trafficking and Prostitution Laws in the Middle East and Africa

    Overview of Trafficking and Prostitution Laws in the Middle East and Africa

    Latham & Watkins, Royal Bank of Scotland for Equality Now
    The Thomson Reuters Foundation has partnered with Equality Now, Latham & Watkins LLP and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to produce a landscape analysis of human trafficking and prostitution laws in selected countries in Africa and the Middle East.
  • I Want to Run a Charity, Where Do I Start? A Guide to Establishing a Charity in England and Wales

    I Want to Run a Charity, Where Do I Start? A Guide to Establishing a Charity in England and Wales

    Morrison & Foerster and Thomson Reuters Foundation
    This new guide by Morrison & Foerster and Thomson Reuters Foundation provides an overview of the legal requirements of running a charity in England and Wales in order to make the process of registering a charity as simple as possible.
  • Strategies to Maximize Your Philanthropic Capital: A Summary of Indian Regulations Related to Social Investment into India

    Strategies to Maximize Your Philanthropic Capital: A Summary of Indian Regulations Related to Social Investment into India

    This research note describes the possible routes for investment in social welfare organisations in India. This guide clearly illustrates the available opportunities to structure investments in a manner that meet the objective of the investor within a narrow regulatory framework.
  • Which Legal Structure is Right for my Social Enterprise? A guide to establishing a social enterprise in England and Wales.

    Which Legal Structure is Right for my Social Enterprise? A guide to establishing a social enterprise in England and Wales.

    Morrison & Foerster for Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Recognising that many social entrepreneurs needed guidance when setting up their business, Thomson Reuters Foundation partnered with Morrison & Foerster to produce a guide to establishing a social enterprise in the UK. [This guide has been updated in 2016]
  • Strategies to Maximize your Philanthropic Capital: A Guide to Program Related Investments

    Strategies to Maximize your Philanthropic Capital: A Guide to Program Related Investments

    Linklaters for Mission Investors Exchange
    Programme Related Investments allow foundations and other philanthropic organizations to move beyond traditional grant-making and deploy a wide range of financial tools thus promoting innovation and improving the flow of funding to NGOs and social enterprises.
  • Achieving Justice for Victims of Rape and Advancing Women's Rights: A Comparative Study of Legal Reform

    Achieving Justice for Victims of Rape and Advancing Women's Rights: A Comparative Study of Legal Reform

    Morrison & Foerster, DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins and Reed Smith for MADRE
    The report reviews rape legislation and procedures in Brazil, Canada, France, South Africa, Sweden and the United States and supplies concrete examples of laws and policies that implement women's human rights.
  • Creating Jobs in Europe: Legal and Regulatory Frameworks of Microenterprises and Microcredit in Europe

    Creating Jobs in Europe: Legal and Regulatory Frameworks of Microenterprises and Microcredit in Europe

    Latham & Watkins and Orrick
    This report was researched and compiled to map the regulatory environment and existing barriers to development of microcredit, microenterprises and self-employment in all 27 Member States of the European Union.