Governance and Leadership


GFLJD comprises three entities: the GFLJD Steering Committee, GFLJD Partners, and the GFLJD Secretariat.


The Steering Committee is the supreme governing and decision-making body of GFLJD. The Committee comprise GFLJD Partners selected as per the Revised Charter of the GFLJD[1]  adopted in 2019. The Steering Committee makes decisions on:

  • The GFLJD areas and topics of focus and the GFLJD initiatives to meet GFLJD objectives;
  • the operational strategies and procedures for the Working Groups activities;
  • the establishment of Working Groups, their objectives, targets and scope of activities;
  • the utilization of GFLJD funds and ensuring that they are in line with GFJLD objectives; and
  • the GFLJD Secretariat’s work program.

The Steering Committee is composed of two categories of GFLJD Partners: Contributors and Observers. Contributors provide either financial, logistical and/or personnel support germane to GFLJD activities and/or products. Observers are international organizations, multilateral development banks and regional or national development agencies that are GFLJD Partners but do not necessarily contribute to GFLJD in a financial, logistical and/or personnel manner. GFLJD Steering Committee is chaired by the Senior Vice President and the World Bank Group General Counsel. Steering Committee members serve for a renewable term of three years.

Our current GFLJD Steering Committee members are the following:

  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • French Development Agency (AFD)
  • French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
  • International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)
  • OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Public Prosecution Office of the State of Minas Gerais (MPMG), and
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


GFLJD Partners are the current circa 150 organizations forming a network of collaborators that are part of the Global Forum. GFLJD Partners belong to two broad categories actively involved in the legal dimension of international development:

  • International and regional organizations, such as IFIs, MDBs, regional development banks etc.
  • National stakeholders, governments and judicial authorities, private sector entities, academic institutions, think tanks and civil society organizations.

Admission for GFLJD partnership is made after an application for partnership receives a positive due diligence assessment by the GFLJD Secretariat and is approved by the GFLJD Steering Committee. The status of GFLJD Partner is subject to intellectual and/or financial contribution to GFLJD, as defined in the GFLJD Charter[2] .


The GFLJD Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day operations of GFLJD, the coordination of GFLJD Working Groups and the implementation of the GFLJD Steering Committee’s policies and approved work plans. The GFLJD Secretariat is housed within World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. and reports to the Chair of the GFLJD Steering Committee (Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel) on the progress of activities and progress on result targets. The staff of the Secretariat are selected by the World Bank and/or GFLJD Partners based on the professional profiles required for the efficient delivery of tasks assigned to the Secretariat.