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Announcing the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

We are delighted to announce that esela - The legal network for social impact is joining with the US-based Benefit Company Bar Association (BCBA) and Latin American network Red Latinoamericana de Abogados de Impacto (RLAI). These networks are co-founding a global community of legal leaders using their careers to have a positive impact on people and the planet.

Together we will be known as the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers. We invite you to join us at our Launch Week, 28 February - 4 March 2022.


About the community

Law - Leadership - Impact

The challenge of our generation is to make a just transition to a zero-carbon global economy, and move towards a new economic paradigm, underpinned by a legal framework that works for all stakeholders.

​If we are successful, it will be humanity’s greatest ever political, economic and social transformation – and achievement. What worked yesterday and what predominates today, will not prevail tomorrow.

​We will need to rethink almost everything, including law, legal practice and the role of the lawyer.

​We will need to leave behind business which neglects or undermines people and planet and we will need to start, scale and preference business which has a material positive impact on people and planet.

​In this new and evolving context, we believe the lawyers of the future will be impact lawyers.​


Your Invitation

Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers Launch Week 28 February - 4 March 2022

The virtual Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers Launch Week takes place on 28 February - 4 March 2022, during which we will unveil the forward-looking agenda of the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers during the virtual launch. The Launch Week programme will feature eight essential sessions for lawyers on impact investing, purposeful business, climate, ESG, and business and human rights.

About the event

This is just the beginning

The virtual Launch Week will feature three main stage events and five regional sessions, highlighting the unique position law plays in creating a more equitable and sustainable system for people and planet. The convening will also provide opportunities for our community to network, and connect daily around the topics presented.

Attend the Launch Week to meet a community of hundreds of lawyers from more than 50 countries. This gathering is just the start of our journey to create a culture in which impact lawyers actively support, share and collaborate with each other to multiply the impact of our community. Join us to hear about the innovative, interesting and impactful work lawyers are engaging in, and receive impact-related insights from speakers, key case studies and panels.


Becoming a member

Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers

The Launch Week is free to attend.

To become a Founding Member of GAIL, get in touch by 31 January 2022. Find out more about Founding Membership in the partnership guide.​

What the transition means for current members

​Members of esela, the BCBA and RLAI are invited to become members of the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers at either the firm, organisation or individual level. At all levels, members will have voting rights on, and can be elected to, their regional board. ​Standard membership will open in February 2022. Existing members of esela will receive pro rata membership for the year ahead. View the annual membership fees for the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers.


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