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New Markets Lab
Washington, DC, United States
Last updated on 11 Mar 2022
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The New Markets Lab (NML) is a non-profit center focused on the intersection between law, economic development, and social issues. NML views economic law as an important but sometimes undervalued tool for generating entrepreneurship and inclusive development, and the organization has developed a unique approach that gives small enterprises and the economically disadvantaged a more direct role in shaping regulatory systems and provides hands-on training for early career lawyers from developing and developed countries alike. NML approaches law as a system and integral part of developing dynamic markets and supply chains, focusing on agricultural law and regulation (including seeds and fertilizer), legal aspects of access to finance, services regulation (transport, storage, infrastructure, and ICT), energy regulation, trade and market access measures, product standards and quality measures, and mechanisms for aggregating producers and protecting their economic rights. Our partners range from sector-focused foundations like the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and Syngenta Foundation, to international institutions like the World Bank and WEF, to think tanks and corporations. Over the past six years, NML has successfully completed projects at both the regional level and in over fifteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and we have trained a growing network of over one hundred young lawyers through our projects and programs. NML President Katrin Kuhlmann also teaches courses at Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center that are designed to give students exposure to the substance and practice of law and development, in which there is a growing interest. NML is now actively working to scale its efforts and expand its impact through establishment of a Law and Development Center, which could link with one or more educational institutions, and robust Legal Fellowship Program.