Global Forum on Law Justice and Development Newsletter Issue 8


Issue 8 | November 2016



Round-table Event: Exchanging views on the Implementation of the Policy Recommendations of the African Task Force Final Report, November 16, 2016, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Event Date: November 16, 2016, Between 10:00 to 13:00
Venue: Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1016 Budapest, Bérc utca 13-15

As a follow-up to the African Task Force on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, a Roundtable event, “Exchanging views on the implementation of the policy recommendations of the African Task Force Final Report,” has been organized by the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention, in cooperation with the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the African-Hungarian Union Pre-event of the 9th Budapest Human Rights Forum. The agenda is available online here

4th Annual International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform, November 17 – 18, 2016, World Bank Headquarters

Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 to Friday, November 18, 2016
Venue: World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC

The Fourth Annual International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform will bring together legislative and legal professionals from around the world for a two-day conference featuring leading authorities on Legislation and Law Reform. This year’s conference is being held in conjunction with the 12th Biannual Conference of the International Association of Legislation.

Organization of American States (OAS) Forum on Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Motherhood in the Americas: November 29 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Event Date: November 29, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Venue: Hall of the Americas OAS Headquarters, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW

Child, early and forced marriage and motherhood are not well understood in the Americas region – even though 29% of girls in Latin America and the Caribbean are married before the age of 18, and Latin America is the only region in the world where adolescent pregnancy is increasing. In this context, the objectives of this international event are to: 1) review what we know about child, early and forced marriage and motherhood in the Americas and identify those information and data gaps that still need to be filled; and 2) develop a joint, comprehensive and effective roadmap for addressing child, early and forced marriage and motherhood in the Americas on the basis of existing good practices and lessons learned.

During the event, the Inter-American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States will also launch its new “Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy in the States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention.”

  • The Agenda is available online here.
  • Registration is open online here.

Law, Justice and Development Week 2016: “Climate Change, Law and Development”, December 5-9, 2016, World Bank Headquarters

Law, Justice and Development Week 2016on “Climate Change, Law and Development” will be held on December 5-9, 2016 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. Also, this year, Global Forum partners are playing a prominent role as organizers of over 25 sessions throughout the entire event. 
Climate Change will be the theme for the first two days. The third day, IFI Day, is devoted to sessions that will explore issues common to many or most International Financial Institutions. The fourth day, Global Forum Day, is devoted to issues of interest to Global Forum partners, including, but not limited to, climate change, that could not be accommodated in the other days of the event. The fifth day, World Bank Group Day, is reserved for lawyers working in the World Bank Group to exchange knowledge and experiences on issues of specific interest to the World Bank, IFC, MIGA and ICSID.  For more details, please see the Information Note.

  • The Program Agenda is available online. Updates will be posted as they become available.
  • Registration is open online. Global Forum partners receive free registration. Regular Registration ends November 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Late Registration is open from November 12 to November 18, 2016 11:59 PM EST

Connect4Climate People’s Media Zone at Law, Justice & Development Week 2016

Connect4Climate is the unit at the World Bank that focuses on Climate Change, advocacy, and communication. Connect4Climate will set up, in parallel with the Law, Justice and Development Week 2016, a People’s Media Zone, a 3 day-long communication initiative that will take place in the main Atrium of the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC between December 5, and December 9, 2016.

The People’s Media Zone will offer an interactive media hub and gathering space for conference attendees, students, NGOs and private sector representatives to activate civil society by communicating the activities of the summit to the masses through the media, and showcasing solutions for Sustainable Development. In addition, the World Bank is hosting the annual meetings for the Climate Investment Funds during that week, and the People’s Media Zone will widen its engagement to include topics covered during these meetings. Climate action and implementing solutions, in particular through a legal and youth lens, will be the overarching narrative for the People’s Media Zone, together with a variety of themes discussed during the LJD week.

Global Forum Steering Committee Meeting, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, MC 6-317.

The Global Forum Steering Committee Meeting will be held during LJD Week on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in the World Bank Headquarters, MC 6-317. This meeting is also open to Global Forum Partners to participate as observers.

Presentation on the forthcoming publication, the UNEP-INTERPOL Strategic Report, “Environment, Peace and Security –A Convergence of Threats,” December 9, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm

A presentation on the forthcoming UNEP INTERPOL “Strategic Report: Environment, Peace, and Security – A Convergence of Threats,” is scheduled on December 9, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM during LJD Week at the World Bank Headquarters. The speakers will present the report and facilitate discussion around it. When published, the report will be available to view online at both the Interpol and UNEP websites.

Building Capacity to Combat Cybercrime

Under the auspices of the Global Forum, the project “Combatting Cybercrime: Tools & Capacity Building for Emerging Economies” will present key deliverables at an international cyber-security conference sponsored by the Government of Korea in Seoul this December.  The Project website will be: .   The Project consists of three components, a Toolkit of best practices in legal issues to combat cybercrime, an Assessment Tool that countries can use to assess their capacity to combat cybercrime and a “virtual library” of prime source materials contributed by Project partners.  Those partners include the Korea Supreme Prosecutors Office, the Council of Europe, and the Oxford Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre and UN organizations ITU, UNCTAD, UNICRI and UNODC.   The project is funded by the KWPF.   For questions please contact David Satola or Seunghwan (Sean) Park.


Nationally Determined Contributions: Case Studies from Brazil and Mexico

The ‘Nationally Determined Contributions: Case Studies from Brazil and Mexico’ Workshop was held on November 1, 2016 at the World Bank Headquarters.

Although the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submissions are significant milestones, the challenge going forward will be turning the plans and goals set in NDCs into concrete actions. Countries are at different stages of planning for NDCs implementation and coherence with the domestic legal and policy frameworks will be critical to success or failure. This workshop aimed to explore the legal aspects of NDCs, the challenges of their implementation and to present the case studies of the Brazilian and Mexican NDCs versus the policy and legal framework in their energy sectors.

The following from the workshop are available for viewing online:

CompendiumChildMarriage_ImageThe Compendium on International and National Legal Frameworks on Child Marriage

Author: Emelyne Calimoutou
Contributing Authors: Yuantao Liu, Beverley Mbu

The Compendium of International and National Legal Framework on Child Marriage ("the Compendium") provides a survey of the key international, regional and national legal instruments as they relate to the right to marry with the full and free consent of the intending spouses and to the obligation for government to take legislative measures to abolish child marriage. The Compendium consists of topical chapters with jump links to source documents, such as United Nations conventions, regional treaties, national constitutions and legislations. Jump links are in bold colored font and can be accessed by pressing CTRL and clicking on the link, which will take the reader to the source document.

The Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on Child Marriage is published online here. Please send comments to

The Compendium of International, Regional and National Legal Instruments on Forced Displacement


Author: Dr. Mirjana Stankovic

This Compendium aims to provide an accessible reference for research on international, regional and national law relating to forced displacement. It is organized to present information about a significant number of international, regional and national legal instruments that affect the forcibly displaced persons. These legal instruments are organized by topic (international, regional and national). The list of instruments is not exhaustive. Many of the entries for multilateral agreements contained in this Compendium include brief summaries of the nature and terms of the agreement and how it relates to forced displacement; as appropriate, the entry for the agreement includes short-hand references to specific provisions dealing with or relevant to the forcibly displaced persons. These entries are not extracts from the original texts, should not be cited as such, and are meant simply to facilitate further research.

We see this Compendium as a basis for further research into labor mobility, labor market integration and employment rights of the forcibly displaced.

The draft version of the Compendium of International, Regional and National Legal Instruments on Force Displacement can be viewed online here. Please send comments to

The Global Forum Welcomes Three New Global Forum Partners

We are pleased to welcome Advocates for International Development (A4ID); Conseil National des Barreaux (CNB); and the Public Prosecution’s National Office of Public Responsibility of the Conselho Nacional do Ministerio Publico (CNMP) as new Global Forum Partners, bringing our total number of Global Forum Partners to 180.

A4ID is a global charity that works in partnership with the world’s leading law firms, providing access to the best legal advice for those engaged in the fight against global poverty. You can read more about A4ID on their website.

CNB, a public interest body as well as a legal entity, is the national institution that represents all practicing lawyers in France, with all lawyers also being registered in one of 161 local bars.You can read more about CNB on its website.

The Public Prosecution’s National Office of Professional Responsibility, CNMP is responsible forregulating of activities state and federal prosecutors in Brazil. The Department is independent from the three branches of the State and from the Public Prosecution itself, it has a constitutional mandate.
Its two main functions are: (i) to receive and investigate complaints against prosecutors; and (ii) to inspect the prosecution offices. More information about CNMP can be found on its website.

Article: The Principles of the Most-Followed Religions in the World versus a Human-Centered Business Model

Author: Pierre Viaud

The share of the global population that follows one of the world’s major faiths is estimated at 75.05 percent or 5.5 billion individuals out of a total of 7.3 billion. The moral and ethical principles that these religions preach seem very close to the secular common principles adopted by the international community over the last hundred years in the framework of international institutions through their legal instruments, i.e., treaties, agreements, resolutions and declarations. This overlap must be examined.

This article proposes that these 5.5 billion men, women and children’s religious principles constitute a common platform for moral and ethical conduct. The principles established by each of the major world religions may, in part, constitute the common platform agreed by consensus among the nations forming the international community. You can view the article online here.

The CoP on Legal Aspects of Forced Displacement: Innovation and Livelihood Opportunities for Refugees

The Community of Practice (CoP) on Legal Aspects of Forced Displacement, co-led by the South-East European Research Centre (SEERC), organized a session on Innovation and Livelihood Opportunities for Refugees, in cooperation with the Center for Global Development and the Global Innovation Fund. This session explored views on the appetite for innovation and new delivery models in humanitarian crises and fragile states, and discussed existing models for identifying, testing and scaling innovative humanitarian livelihood interventions. This session highlighted alternatives to outdated legal regulations and policies in the field of labor rights and access for the forcibly displaced. The panelists discussed how institutions can better respond to the needs of the forcibly displaced and maximize global gains from this often ignored population, calling for more integrated approaches to protection and durable solutions through legal work access. The wide-ranging conversation included perspectives on third country work opportunities, refugee welfare in host countries, and the role of innovation in improving livelihoods for the displaced.

The CoP on Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Organs 3D Bioprinting: NexTechRules network

The Community of Practice (CoP) on Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Organs 3D Bioprinting, co-led by the South-East European Research Centre (SEERC), in cooperation with the European Centre for Law, Science and Technology (ECLT), University of Pavia and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights have gathered an impressive consortium of partners that will initiate the formation of the NexTechRules international research and academic forum, with the aim of analyzing and debating relevant issues in the fields of ethics, law and public policy of genomics, human enhancement and human-machine interaction (emerging technologies) and fostering mutual learning from research and regulatory experiences in different countries around the globe. The network will be initially formed between the consortium partners that have expertise in the fields of ethics, law, science, and public policy of emerging technologies, and which come from different countries from Southern, Western, Central and Northern Europe and also from around the globe, representing different continents: Asia, Africa, South America, and North America. The network aims to become an initial forum for collaborative networking and for coordination between key ethics committees and other advisory and regulatory structures in the project countries. This network will also become a forum for collaborative interaction of civil society organizations (CSOs) and panels of citizens from different socio-economic groups, with special focus on particularly vulnerable populations. The NexTechRules network is based on the principles of open science, international cooperation, international development, participatory approach and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). To view the specific objectives that the NexTechRules network will work towards achieving, click here.

The Research and Evaluation of Nexuses of the Exploitation of Water in African Law (RENEWAL)

In the framework of the Global Forum, partners of theCommunity of Practice on “Water Law,” co-led by The Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC) and the International Association for Water Law (AIDA), have developed a work program to create a database of water laws in Africa. Through RENEWAL, which is funded by OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) through an EFO with the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency, partners will collect, catalogue, analyze and evaluate existing laws defining and shaping water protection, management and governance, from water quality laws to land-use laws to energy and renewable energy policies. By illustrating the legal architecture shaping decision-making over and related to water, RENEWAL will inform and empower decision-makers and citizens to take the necessary steps to advance water security and achieve development priorities.


African Task Force Report: African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities – Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocity Prevention

The African Task Force Report, “African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities” was released to the public on October 11, 2016 in Addis Ababa. The African Task Force on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities (ATF) was an 18-month initiative of the Global Forum’s partner, Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocity Prevention. The ATF convened in January 2015 to examine the capacities of the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in prevention of mass atrocities. View the report online here.

MPMG: One Year from Brazil’s Worst Environmental Disaster

Ministério Público de Minas Gerais (MPMG) would like to draw the attention of the Environmental & Natural Resources Law TWG and the environmental community to the articles entitled, “Samarco dam collapse: one year on from Brazil's worst environmental disaster” and “Brazil's dam disaster one year on – in pictures,” both published on October 15th, 2016 by The Guardian Newspaper.

The articles present an accurate description of the accident that occurred in November 2015, when a huge tailings dam, operated by a mining company, collapsed, and a tidal wave of 32 to 40 cubic meters of mining waste washed across the bucolic countryside of pretty green valleys in the State of Minas Gerais, killing people, destroying villages and farmlands, leaving hundreds homeless, polluting rivers, destroying nature and wildlife and devastating livelihoods. A year on, there’s controversy over the cleanup and level of damages as the victims, society and the Ministério Público, by way of its group of environmental prosecutors, search for the best way to solve this problem and diminish its huge impacts.

The UN Successfully Holds Habitat III in Quito to pass a New Urban Agenda – UN Habitat

From October 17-20, thousands of urban thinkers from the public, private and civic sectors gathered in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito for Habitat III, the UN conference held every twenty years to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing cities. This year, member states ratified what is called the New Urban Agenda, which lays out the main issues facing cities and how Member States plan to address them. Key themes in the New Urban Agenda include: acknowledging the need for adequate housing, mitigating the effects of climate change on cities, the importance of social inclusion in cities to end poverty, the necessity of spatial planning for the sustainable development of cities and the growing need for resilient cities. A key focus of the conference was assuring the agreement will be implemented effectively.
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The 2016 World Justice Program (WJP) Rule of Law Index

The World Justice Project (WJP) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 WJP Rule of Law Index – the world’s leading source for original data on the rule of law. The new report and latest data are available here.


LEX:lead Interns Available in 2017

All-volunteer group Lex:lead expects to offer a limited amount of funding in 2017 to offer up to four more internship placements to its students in 2017. The group seeks expressions of interest from Global Forum partners who would be able to offer an in-country work experience placement to Lex:lead (law) students from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, or Nepal. Lex:lead has placed four students to date with Global Forum partners in Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia providing valuable experience to young lawyers from these developing countries as they embark on their careers. The group pays students a stipend of US$500 for work expected to be about one month full-time or up to six months part-time, with the request that the placement organization cover local expenses for their work. Please contact Lex:lead at if you think you may be able to host a student in 2017. For more about Lex:lead click here. For a testimonial from Galindo, a Ugandan Lex:lead intern, click here.

South-East European Research Centre (SEERC)

  • SEERC is one of the founding members and co-leaders of the newly established Jean Monnet Network titled, "MIGRATE: Ctrl + Enter Europe: Jean Monnet Migrant Crisis Network," which aims to create a trans-European forum for debate and dialogue to address the question: ‘To what extent can further EU integration and enlargement offer a viable solution to the migrant crisis?’ The project started in September 2016 and will last 3 years. 
  • SEERC is also about to begin working with an Erasmus+ project titled, "ATSIV: Advancing the Third Sector through Innovation and Variation." This project focuses on raising management capabilities for NGO staff and will include a particular focus on NGOs who are working with refugees and migrants.
  • The Center also organized a symposium titled, "The European Migrant Crisis: Challenges of a Fragmented Corridor," in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The symposium's proceedings can be viewed online at their YouTube channel.  A publication out of this symposium is expected in November 2016.  
  • In cooperation with Northeastern University, Boston, the Center co-organized a summer school in Thessaloniki titled, "The Migrant Crisis within the Greek Context." The summer school focused on the current migrant crisis and involved engagement with past migration communities in Thessaloniki, as well as visits to refugee camps in the area. Dr. Prodromidou has participated in fact-finding missions in the "Balkan corridor" of the current refugee crisis.
  • The Center also co-organized the 5th Thessaloniki International Symposium on World Affairs on October 21st, 2016. One of the focuses of the event was the current Migration crisis. The EU Commissioner for Refugees was one of the speakers.

Cyberjustice Laboratory

The LexUM Chair on Legal Information and the Faculty of Law of Université de Montréal organized the first edition of the Imaginative Justice Award. The 2016 ceremony was held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on October 20th where the Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec received a $5000 award and a trophy made by Pierre-Luc Déziel, a former Ph. D. law student of Université de Montréal and a local artist. For more information click here.

The Cyberjustice Laboratory held its annual conference, “Towards Cyberjustice,” in October. This conference discussed the challenges of artificial intelligence and computational law and how technology can improve access to justice. Key speakers from different places and professional background shared their research on those matters. The Cyberjustice Laboratory welcomed Yoshua Bengio, Tom Van Engers, Karl Branting, Ian Kerr, Peter Asaro, etc. More details can be found here.

The book, eAccess to Justice, edited by Karim Benyekhlef, Jane Bailey, Jacquelyn Burkell and Fabien Gélinas was published in October by the University of Ottawa Press. This book examines how technology will improve justice system efficiency and evaluates existing e-justice systems. It also examines the implementation of technologies in the justice system and the challenges it comes with. Finally, it adopts the standpoints of sociology, political theory and legal theory to explore the complex web of values, norms, and practices that support our systems of justice in order to provide a unique and valuable framework for thinking with the required sophistication about legal change.

Announcement: Professor Vincent O. Nmehielle has joined the African Development Bank Group in Abidjan as the Secretar-General.

Professor Nmehielle left the African Union as General Counsel and Director for Legal Affairs and joined the African Development Bank Group in Abidjan as the Secretar-General of the Bank Group.

LDI CALL FOR PAPERS: Law and Development Conference: “Law and Development From the African Perspective”

Event Details: Cape Town, South Africa, September 7 & 8, 2017
Sponsors: The Law and Development Institute (LDI) and the Centre for Comparative Law (CCLA) at the University of Cape Town

Economic development in Africa has been one of the most important issues on the global agenda. A number of development and law reform projects have been undertaken, but many African countries are yet to achieve successful economic development. The conference examines the development paths that have been taken in Africa over the years, discusses the challenges and explores new approaches to law and development that may yield better development results for Africa. 
All interested speakers should submit one-page paper abstracts by January 1, 2017 to LDI (Professor Y.S. Lee) by email at with a cc to Dr. Ada Ordor at For more details click here or visit the LDI website.

European Public Law Organization (EPLO)

  • Scholarships are available at an international school of excellence based in Greece. Aiming to be continuously at the forefront of research and education, the EPLO is pleased to announce the creation of the European Law and Governance School (ELGS), a modern international school with the mission to offer excellence in tertiary levels of Education in the fields of Law and Governance. Admissions at the postgraduate level are open until January 1, 2017 with classes starting on February 28. Postgraduate courses will be conducted from the EPLO Plaka premise in Athens, Greece. Scholarships that take into consideration merit are still available this year for the ELGS Postgraduate Degree Programs for a select number of students. Click here for more information about the ELGS degrees. If interested in receiving a scholarship, please indicate so on the application form following the admissions criteria. Find out more on the ELGS website or call +30 211 311 0671. The ELGS also offers Research Degrees (Master of StudiesMaster of PhilosophyDoctor of Philosophy) accepting dissertations conducted in the student’s own language and in up to ten languages in total, in cooperation with one of the professors of the vast network of the School. More information is available on the ELGS website.
  • Call for Papers for the EUROPEAN POLITEIA journal: EUROPEAN POLITEIA announces its invitation for papers for its issue 2/2016 (4) on the subject, "Market Democracy: Wedge into society? Further to the Greek case," which is scheduled to be published in December 2016. Last date of submission: November 15, 2016.  Also for its issue 1/2017 (5) on the theme, "Migration, Right or Plight? Deeper into the Greek Crisis," which is scheduled to be published in February 2017. Last date of submission: December 15, 2016. Specifications and more details on the themes can be found here.

Master of Science in Management of Sustainable Development Goals

The Master of Science in Sustainable Development Goals (MSDG) by LUMSA International is a one-year international MSc program that will focus on Management of Sustainable Development (SD); Design and Management of SD Projects; Impact Investing Policies; and International Cooperation. For more information about the degree program click here
Deadline for Applications: December 9, 2016


New Staff

Please join us in welcoming the following new colleagues.

Dadehys Noellie Gah is an Ivorian Trade and Investment lawyer with a strong interest in the extractive industry. In December 2014, she joined the African Mining Legislation Atlas project of the World Bank as a researcher. Currently working as a Reviewer on the Project within the Legal Vice Presidency, she is also completing an LLM in International Legal Studies at the American University Washington College of Law. Dadehys is Bilingual in French and English and holds an LLM from the University of Pretoria (LLM in International Trade and Investment Law in Africa 2010) and a Maitrise en Droit des affaires from the University of Bouake 2007.

Kari Bloom joined the Legal Vice Presidency in September 2016 as a legal intern with LEGKL. She is currently working on an IDA internal knowledge capture project, as well as the Research and Evaluation of Nexuses of the Exploitation of Water in African Law (RENEWAL) project. Kari holds degrees from Emory University School of Law (J.D.) and The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., English & Government). She is a Law and Development Institute Fellow, a member of the State Bar of Texas, and is currently completing a Certificate in Law and Development. Prior to law school, she worked as a project manager for large-scale biostatistics and epidemiology research studies.

Luciana Lepri is a Brazilian Public Prosecutor. She joined the Legal Vice Presidency, Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development in August 2016. Currently, she works on an international environmental law and climate change research and drafting project that involves training legal professionals from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Portugal. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. She is an LLM candidate at American University Washington College of Law (Dez/16) and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management (2000) from UFSC, Santa Catarina, Brazil. She is a Climate Leader and Researcher at "The Climate Reality Project". She is the author of the book “Environmental Law Enforcement by Hydrographic Basins.” She earned an award in “Water and Law,” Cannes, France (2007).

Octavio Carlos Peso Goio is an Angolan jurist who joined the Legal Vice Presidency, Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development in August 2016. Currently, he works on an environmental law and rule of law research and drafting project that involves training legal professionals from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Portugal. In addition, he analyzes, edits and write reports on papers from students in the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) project. His work also entails reviewing/translating materials from English into Portuguese. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, and has intermediate proficiency in Spanish and elementary proficiency in Kimbundu. He is a Law and Government LLM Fellow and LLM candidate at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), Dec. 2016, president of the African Development Committee at AUWCL, and holds an LLM in International Law (2009) and LLB (2005) from UNIMEP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Qi Bao is an intern from China who joined the Legal Vice Presidency in September 2016. Currently, she is working with the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. She holds degrees from Emory University (General LL.M, 2016) and East China University of Political Science and Law (LL.B in International Law, 2014).

Sebastian Urthaler is an Italian student who is attending American University for the fall semester 2016 and is a part-time intern at the Legal Vice Presidency from August 2016 until December 2016. He is currently working on a project regarding the development of a Human-Centered Business Model under the supervision of Marco Nicoli and a project regarding the Governance of State-Owned Enterprises in South and East Asia under the supervision of Immanuel Steinhilper. Sebastian studies Politics, Administration and International Relations as well as Corporate Economics and Business at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany and Global Economics and Business at American University. He is trilingual in German, Italian and English.  

Viktoria Khaitina is an attorney, who currently works with the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development team and focuses on several projects, including: child marriage, falsified and substandard medicines, human-centered business model and forced displacement. Prior to joining the World Bank, Viktoria worked for more than eight years at an international law firm, where she advised businesses and governments on investment, finance and trade matters. Viktoria holds degrees from the Belarusian State University (LL.B (Hons), LL.M (Hons) in International Business Law) and the American University (H.H. Fellowship Certificate LL.M in International Legal Studies).


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