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Mekong Legal Advocacy Institute
As in other regions of the world, public interest law in Southeast Asia is growing. We regularly hear of new and encouraging court decisions that lay the mantle of accountability on corporations and government agencies, while providing real benefits to local victims and survivors of injustice. Yet as governments and corporations continue to enter into regional partnerships, often without respect for national laws or local input, lawyers and community leaders must develop new tools and cross-border strategies to address harms occurring in the name of development.
Recognizing the increasing need for access to justice and regional collaboration, EarthRights International launched the Mekong Legal Advocacy Institute (MLAI) in 2009. ERI established MLAI to provide a forum for Mekong lawyers to share experiences, learn and develop new legal and advocacy strategies, and take effective coordinated actions to protect the environment and human rights. Central to this mission are periodic training sessions that bring in expert lawyers from around the world to share skills and offer guidance in key areas of emerging law such as climate change, land rights, sustainable energy, and indigenous rights.
MLAI is currently seeking participants from all Mekong countries. If you are a public interest attorney working on the environment or human rights, please fill out the attached application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is February 13, 2012.
The 2012 MLAI session will be held from April 17 to 30, 2012 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. ERI will cover travel and accommodation costs of all selected participants. Participants are expected to be present on all of the training dates.
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