Global Forum on Law Justice and Development Newsletter Issue 5


Issue 5 | October 2015


Issue 5 | October 2015


Law, Justice and Development Week 2015, November 16-20, 2015, Registration Closes November 6!

LJD Week 2015 will explore the role of Governance and the Law in the social and economic advancement of nations, with a focus on the value of law in producing sustainable development outcomes, in expressing justice, and in serving as a catalyst for justice from different perspectives. The conference will also look into the Middle East and North of Africa region, and issues relevant to the World Bank Group and International Financial Institutions.
More information on the Agenda.
Global Forum partners register for free. Register Now.
For all participants, early registration fees will apply until October 31. Registration will close on November 6.
To join LJD Week as sponsor, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure.
Please kindly disseminate and feel free to use hyperlinks to the Law, Justice and Development  Website.

Launch of Volume 6 of the World Bank Legal Review, "Improving Delivery in Development: The Role of Voice, Social Contract, and Accountability", with Contributions from Eight Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development Partners

LJD Week 2015 will host the launch of Volume 6 of the World Bank Legal Review to which eight Global Forum partners have contributed. The World Bank Legal Review is a publication for policy makers and their advisors, judges, attorneys and other professionals engaged in the field of international development with a particular focus on law, justice and development. This Legal Review focuses on improving delivery in development, and more specifically the role of voice, social contract and accountability. The following Global Forum partners have contributed to articles: American Bar Association, Cyberjustice Laboratory of the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public of University of Montreal, Centre for International Sustainable Development (CISDL), Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Ministerio Publico do Estado de Minas Gerais, University of Ottawa, Washington College of Law at American University, and the World Bank Group.

The forthcoming Volume 7 of the World Bank Legal Review, "Financing and Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Role of Law and Justice Systems", to which several Global Forum partners contributed, will also be featured during LJD week. This Legal Review focuses on the international effort of defining the post-2015 development agenda, and the role of law and justice in its financing and implementation.


New Procedures for Global Forum Partnership

On August 10, 2015, the Steering Committee of the Global Forum agreed on a new partnership management procedure. Prospective partners should submit, in addition to the "Letter of Endorsement",  two letters of support from current partners attesting their qualification for approval by the Steering Committee. Current partners who have not participated in Global Forum activities for over 12 months will be contacted by the TWG co-leaders to reaffirm their interest to be part of the Global Forum.
For further information, please consult the Complementary Documents

Global Forum Communications Strategy

A communication strategy was approved by the Steering Committee on August 10, 2015, and addresses both internal and external communication in order to promote the work done by Global Forum partners. It aims at reinforcing the brand of the Global Forum through the active commitment of its partners and to position the Global Forum as a reliable knowledge provider of legal solutions for the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda (Sustainable Development Goals). The Global Forum also plans to be more visible on social and media platforms. The implementation of the strategy will be supported thanks to a communication expert seconded from "Fondation pour le Droit Continental".

Launch of the New Global Forum Website

The new website for the Global Forum will be launched shortly. The new site is the work of Celestia A. Ohrazda and of the Global Forum's Secretariat. 

Co-leaders are solicited to send a description of their TWGs or CoPs and of their work for general information. Global Forum partners will be invited to browse through the new website and to send to the respective co-leaders suggestions to improve the new site.

The communication platform for internal collaboration remains the C4D platform. We encourage ALL partners to visit its content. The Secretariat is available to provide instructions on how to access the platform.

Next Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee will meet on Monday, November 16 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, in the framework of LJD Week. The Steering Committee will, in particular, discuss activity reports submitted by co-leaders review and approve the work program proposals which have been submitted to the Secretariat, and provide guidance on the next steps in Global Forum activities following the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

C4D Trainings at LJD Week

The Collaboration for Development (C4D) platform is a secure collaboration platform that allows experts and practitioners to conduct online brainstorming, learning and knowledge-sharing. The Steering Committee decided at its last meeting to organize training for partners to learn how to efficiently use the C4D platform. Online training will be available during LJD Week at the Global Forum booth.  For additional information or to book training and demonstrations, please contact
View C4D Website.


Ministerio Publico do Estado de Minas Gerais (MPMG): International Seminar on Public-Private Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Cities

Congratulations to the Ministerio Publico do Estado de Minas Gerais, which on September 15 hosted the first Global Forum LJD/MPMG Seminar. The successful event was organized in partnership with Fundacao Alphaville, an NGO that has environmental preservation as one of its lines of action. It took place in MPMG's premises in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and was attended by MPMG prosecutors, civil servants, invitees, Brazilian authorities and internationally renowned lecturers such as Dr. Yann Duzert (inventor of the global negotiation technique known as the Matrix of Complex Negotiations), Dr. Eric Heikkila (professor and director of International Initiatives at the USC Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California) and Dr. Frank Zerunyan (Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of Executive Education at USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance, lawyer and two-term Mayor of Rolling Hills Estates, California).

Panel on the Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies Forum on the Protection of IP and Economic Development

On September 9, 2015, three partners of the Global Forum, Associazione tra le Societa Italiane per Azioni (ASSONIME), United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), and the World Bank, co-organised a forum on anti-counterfeiting technologies in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development.

New Community of Practice on Poverty and International Poverty Law

During LJD Week, the Global Forum will launch a new Community of Practice (CoP) on Poverty and International Poverty Law (Thursday November 19 at 12:30 p.m.). The CoP was created on the conclusion that legal rules are deeply implicated in maintaining and strengthening the status quo of power and wealth inequalities that reinforce substantial poverty world-wide. This new initiative will build on the World Bank's Systematic Country Diagnostic Tool (SCDT) which role will be to analyze the role of law and institutions in poverty reduction. 

The objective of the CoP is to create a forum for dialogue among lawyers, development practitioners and community figures regarding how background legal rules may reinforce inequality if left unaddressed. The CoP aims to increase understanding of the impact of law on poverty by creating a network of professional who can share knowledge and new initiatives.

New Community of Practice on Human-Centered Business Model: A Holistic Approach for a New Model of Doing Business

The Human-Centered Business Model (HCBM) Community of Practice was just launched. It aims to develop an innovative Model of doing business which will be a "tertium genus", bridging the gap between those business forms that singularly seek to maximize profit and non-profit organizations or volunteer's associations. The Model combines, on an equal level of priority, the economic dimension of for-profit with larger integrity dimensions of social and environmental sustainability. 

The project takes a holistic approach addressing all components of businesses. It will be developed around six pillars: 1) Guiding Principles Pillar; 2) Legal Framework and Corporate Governance Pillar; 3) Financial Pillar; 4) Fiscal Pillar; 5) Procurement Pillar; 6) Capacity Building and Mentoring Support Pillar.

The project also foresees the partnership of governments for piloting the theoretical model in two or three Countries. 
Nineteen international partners have currently formally joined the project, a large majority with co-leading role.

For further information on the Human-Centered Business Model Project please read the draft working document.

African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Project

The Project has been working on the development of a Guiding Template. The Guiding Template is a document that gathers 177 sector-related topics that can appear in a mining law, presenting them as a menu of suggested legislative examples inspired by current mining laws as well as sector realities across Africa and beyond. These examples are accompanied by detailed annotations explaining the context, issues, and useful features of each presented sample provision. In a "one-stop shop" approach similar to the AMLA Platform, the Guiding Template aims to provide users with a comprehensive tool through which they can consider the topical issues with concrete examples of drafting language as they develop, modify or simply assess mining legislative frameworks that fit each country's unique context. 

The Project produced a very first draft of the Guiding Template in late August and circulated it to the Guiding Template Review Committee (GTRC), a group of technical experts from the private sector, academia and international organizations who reviewed the draft at a “book-sprint” approach meeting in early October. The Project and its contributors will revise the Guiding Template on the basis of comments provided by the GTRC.

Browse through the AMLA Platform to see the latest updates.


Law, Justice and Development Week 2015

November 16-20, 2015, World Bank, Headquarters, Washington DC (Also see Highlights)

In addition to the World Bank Group, 31 Global Forum partners are involved in 33 LJD week sessions as session authors, coordinators or speakers (see Table of Partner Sessions during LJD Week 2015).

Thematic Working Groups and Communities of Practice at LJD Week

Thematic Working Groups (TWGs)  and Communities of Practice (CoPs) co-leaders will be meeting during LJD week to discuss their progress.                                                                                                       

CoP on Human Rights Meeting

November 18, 12:40 p.m.

TWG on Justice and Rule of Law Reform Meeting

November 19, 9:00 a.m.


TWG on Governance and Anticorruption Meeting

November 19, 11:15 a.m.


TWG on Environment Meetings

November 20. Meetings will include:
- Plenary, 9:00 a.m.
- Protecting Public Health and Promoting Economic Development through Legal Limits on Lead in Paint, 9:00 am
- Legal Aspects of Sustainable Energy for All Communities of Practice, 11:00 a.m.
- Legal Challenges in Financing Collective Action to Arrest Climate Change, 11:00 a.m.
- Wrap-up Session, 1:30 p.m.


CoP on Health Meeting

November 20, 9:00 a.m.
This meeting will include a presentation of the counterfeit medicines projects.


TWG on Empowerment Meeting

November 20, 11:00 a.m.


CoP on Intellectual Property Meeting

November 20, 1:30 p.m.


Global Forum Booth at LJD Week

The Global Forum will have an exhibition booth during LJD Week where will be displayed copies of deliverables and other key materials. Partners are welcome to contact the Secretariat if they wish to display their deliverables at that booth. C4D online training will also be available at the Global Forum booth. 

Pilot Project on Fighting Falsified and Sub-Standard Medicines (Uganda)

A pilot project to build actionable knowledge on the legal and regulatory aspects of falsified and substandard medicines was launched in 2014 by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and the World Bank. The final deliverables will be presented at the LJD Week 2015 on November 20, 2015 (Session on Health and the Presentation of the Counterfeit Medicines Project). The final report and the thematic "virtual library" will be posted on-line providing a valuable tool for other country projects, and filling a significant knowledge gap. Experts and project-related materials will be available at a designated exhibition booth.


New Staff

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Ilona Trouyet seconded for one year to the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development Secretariat, from the Fondation pour le Droit Continental (Civil Law Initiative). Ms. Trouyet graduated from the College Universitaire de Sciences Po (France) with a concentration in law and is currently enrolled in the Sciences Po School of Law for a master in Economic Law.  She will be in charge of implementing the Communications Strategy of the Global Forum (see Global Forum News). She can be reached at

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