Legal Assistance for Economic Reform programme (LASER) is a UK Department for International
Development funded programme aiming to improve investment climates in 8 developing
countries. LASER supports partner government initiatives that are country owned and led. One of the
assumptions being tested through LASER is that international legal advice can make a significant
contribution to investment climate reform. LASER is therefore supporting the leveraging of pro bono
legal support – and specifically UK pro bono expertise – to developing countries, working in
partnership with DFID’s Rule of Law Expertise programme (ROLE UK).
This case study looks at pro bono support provided by international law firm Slaughter and May to the
Government of Somaliland in relation to electricity sector regulation. The hope is that the lessons
learnt will be useful to ROLE UK; to legal pro bono providers; to developing country governments seeking pro bono legal assistance; and to development partners and practitioners supporting investment climate reform.
Legal Assistance for Economic Reform. Somaliland electricity sector regulation: A case study on pro bono assistance (2016) 8pp