• A4ID and College of Law create online dictionary of legal terms to help developing countries

  • 21 November 2012

  • Legal charity Advocates for International Development (A4ID) has teamed up with The College of Law to launch an online dictionary explaining legal terms in plain English for users of A4ID’s online Resource Centre.

    A4ID is a London-based charity with global impact, which brokers pro bono legal advice for development organisations, harnessing the skills of the legal community to combat global poverty and drive progress towards the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

    The new dictionary has been published on A4ID’s website alongside the existing wealth of detailed legal material, and is designed to make this information accessible and user-friendly to non-lawyers and speakers of other languages. The dictionary will be a particularly useful tool for the charity’s partners in developing countries and the great number of students around the world who support A4ID’s work.

    Students at The College of Law’s Moorgate centre put together the legal dictionary by researching and drafting the terms, which were then checked by College tutors.

    Stella Dunn, Employability Programme Manager at The College of Law said: “I was delighted to offer College of Law students to help. A4ID has long been a popular organisation with the students and this was a perfect way for them to get involved, provide something useful and develop their skills at the same time.”

    The College of Law is the largest provider of professional legal education in Europe. As part of its award-winning pro bono programme, qualified staff in each of the College’s eight centres across the country supervise students participating in a variety of activities. In the academic year 2011-2012, students provided approximately 3,500 pieces of pro bono work ranging from letters of advice for individuals to presentations on legal topics to community groups and schools.

    A4ID aims to enhance understanding of how law can support international development efforts. Its online Resource Centre publishes talks given at A4ID events, reports written by development experts and legal guides produced by its partner law firms, thereby providing lawyers, development professionals and students with access to a wide range of resources exploring law and international development.

    Chara de Lacey, Head of Learning at A4ID, said: “Many of those using the Resource Centre have no legal training and yet recognise that legal frameworks underpin the achievement of international development goals. The legal dictionary produced by students at The College of Law Moorgate is a great addition and will ensure that those using our resources can understand their full content, including all legal references.”

    Further information from:

    Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)

    Chara de Lacey, Head of Learning, A4ID on 020 3116 2603 (chara.delacey@a4id.org)