Session Breakdown

Day 2 #eselaAC2020

eselaAC2020 will not take place in-person due to coronovirus
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DAY 2 - Session Breakdown

On 28 April, Day 2 of the esela Annual Conference delegates will have the ability to choose 4 out of 16 breakout sessions available. To review the conference Agenda click below or scroll down for details of each session.

*Session timings for Day 2 will be sent to all conference attendees in early April.



Key Note

Key Note Address by Simon Davis, President of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Introduced by Professor David Kershaw of LSE Law and followed by Roberto Randazzo, President of esela - The legal network for social impact.




How can strategic litigation be used to combat climate change? What does this mean for lawyers and law firms?

This panel will explore how high-profile cases and the role of private law can shape the future of climate litigation.

Global Landscape of Business and Human Rights


This panel, convened by the International Bar Association’s Business and Human Rights (BHR) Division, will explore the rapidly changing legal landscape of business and human rights in an era of new environmental and social responsibility.

Transitions and Taxonomy: EU Perspectives


Find out how perspectives, policy and developing taxonomies from the European Union will shape international impact investing in the coming decade. 

EU representatives will explore the potential of taxonomies to accelerate the green and social transitions.

Mainstreaming Biodiversity


What is the legal community doing to combat biodiversity loss? How does legal action for biodiversity differ from climate?

Find out how the differences can shape the response of the legal profession, and define priorities for the year ahead. 

Stakeholder Capitalism

Key Note

 Featuring Alex Edmans, author of 'Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit’, joined by Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Technical Assistance Programs: Lawyers Adding Value 


This panel will explore the role of lawyers in creating impact and value-add through technical assistance. 

Find out how lawyers can add value to impact investments, and where there is room for further collaboration in this field.

Environmental Rights: Rights of Nature


There is growing recognition of the links between human rights and the environment.

Hear from academics, climate lawyers, and human rights specialists, amid increasing calls for a unified approach. 

Ethical Fashion


The fashion industry has an often underestimated impact on the development of our planet.

Find out how law is being used to increase commitments to uphold human rights standards on labour, gender and poverty.

Pioneering Law Firms


How do you develop an impact practice? This session will hear from inspirational lawyers with experience reinventing multi-jurisdictional teams, boutique firms and everything in between. 

Is Impact Investing Going Mainstream?

Key Note

Sarah Gordon, CEO of the Impact Investing Institute will be interviewed by Stephan Chambers, inaugural Director of the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics.

The Future of the Fourth Sector


Take part in an interactive workshop to create a “blueprint” for the Fourth Sector - businesses which exist primarily to advance social or environmental purposes. 

Led by Heerad Sabeti, CEO of the Fourth Sector Group and Luke Fletcher, Partner at Bates Wells.

Taking Impact Retail


 What is the pathway to a mainstream retail impact market? This session will look at success stories from sustainable accelerators and crowdfunding campaigns, and explore what key players are doing to develop impact offerings.

Just Transition


If we are going to see a just transition, what commitments and changes will be needed from investors, businesses and advisors?

Discover why many commentators are predicting an “inevitable policy response” to current unsustainable business practices.

How to Embed Purpose and Impact Performance


What is the best way to ensure companies do good for good? 

This panel will explore how to embed purpose through ownership structures, through company reporting requirements and through legislation.

The Climate Emergency

Key Note

Do negative impacts on our climate require a change in the practices of businesses and their advisors? What role will lawyers play in the climate emergency?


Find out at the close of the esela Annual Conference 2020.

Law Across Borders


How are lawyers in emerging and mature markets collaborating on impact deals?


Hear from lawyers based in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America as they share insights and best practice for working effectively on cross-border transactions.

Modern Slavery and Business


Exploring the current state of legislation and how it affects business internationally.


Find out about new initiatives, and approaches to due diligence being deployed by businesses and their lawyers.


Duties in a Changing World


This session will explore the principles that fiduciaries, particularly pension fund trustees, ought to follow when seeking to invest prudently in a world of fast changing social and environmental conditions.

Impact Bonds 


With capital increasingly aggregated through outcomes funds and impact bonds, explore how to align measurement and reporting, and best practice to mitigate ‘impact washing’. 

Hear from investors, outcomes providers and lawyers involved in conservation, climate and social impact bonds. 

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