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Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development

GLOBAL FORUMon Law, Justiceand DevelopmentGenerating Innovative Legal Solutionsto Development Challenges

January 2012

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Effective rule of law, including respect for property rights and access to justice, remains fundamental for sustainable development --Robert Zoellick -- World Bank President - November 2010

2WB Presidents quotation captures the goal of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD), which will focus on global, national, and regional issues, as well as institutional ones. Strong legal and judicial institutions and effective rule of law are important cornerstones of sustainable economic and social development. The global forum will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, emphasizing legal, economic and technical aspects of selected issues in order to promote both knowledge production and dissemination for generating legal solutions to development challenges.

2RationaleEffective legal and judicial systems provide the foundation for sustainable economic and social development There is a need for development practitioners to access free and quality international research, policy, and practice on law, justice and developmentThere is a need for a permanent global forum of development partners to co-generate innovative legal solutions to development challenges

3Isolated spheres of legal excellence are advancing civic, economic, and social development outcomes. Their advances, however, are not sufficiently translated or available for replication. In particular, development practitioners are not currently able to directly and easily access and assess international research, policy, and practice. Consequently, a global exchange knowledge forum that generates innovative legal solutions to development challenges is needed.

3OverviewThrough the combination of a global partnership and of an interactive web-based platform, the GFLJD will fill a gap by:Convening and connecting regional and international organizations, international financial institutions, governments, academia, think-tanks, and civil society organizations Providing innovative and customized legal solution to development issuesLeveraging production and dissemination of development-related legal knowledgeOffering unprecedented access to broad legal knowledge pertaining to development, free of charge

4The GFLJD will fill a gap by providing an innovative and dynamic international system of exchange and knowledge translation to connect World Bank Regions & Networks, partner countries, think-tanks, regional and international organizations, International Financial Institutions, and civil society organizations with relevant research and practice to improve development outcome. The project provides targeted audiences a coherent, sustained program of collaborative research and technical assistance to accelerate knowledge translation and use. Through the construction of an interactive web-based platform, the GFLJD will leverage production and dissemination of development-related legal knowledge, helping to identify, discuss and produce innovative and customized legal solutions to development issues. The technology enhanced collaboration connecting different countries from different regions will be equipped to discuss policy responses and to exchange first-hand experiences.

4OverviewThe GFLJD will provide:An institutional and technological environment for knowledge exchange and repositoryA tool for users evaluation and grading of shared materialsMultiple sub-platforms to host communities of practice (CoP)Education, social media and professional networking toolsMatching demand and supply of legal expertise

5The proposed system will provide unprecedented access to knowledge for these groups, free of charge. The GFLJD will offer:Knowledge exchange repository: users will be able to search the complete archive, locate colleagues working on similar issues, and post and search related events, such as conferences Resources for user evaluation and grading of shared materials: users can tag and comment on citations, ensuring the knowledge users play a key partnering role in determining the quality of knowledge shared as well as its impactMultiple sub-platforms to host communities of practice (CoP): the platforms will support multiple CoPs, which will be able to create their own sub site and facilitate participation and collaboration among its members. The platform will also enable CoP members to set preferences for notifications for different activities, such as when a document is uploadedEducation tools for creating ongoing education and training opportunities: with webinar, video conferencing, and other technology features, multiple levels of continuing education courses, trainings, and seminars in real-time will be offeredSocial media and professional networking tools for ongoing collaboration between members: the platform will incorporate multiple tools for networking, including blogs, wikis, and message boards. A portal will allow users to post their profiles, search, and connect with other members. Users can share their stories, work issues, and challenges through multi-media formats, such as videoMatchmaking mechanism: matching expertise (qualified students and pro bono experts) with needs expressed by thematic working groups/Community of Practice

5ActivitiesThe GFLJD, through Thematic Working Groups of partners, will focus on the following activities:

Original research through legal and policy analysis (international and domestic)Precedents and guidanceSample agreements, clausesOperational manuals Guidance notes, toolkits, practice notes, checklistsData collection and analysisReference material Studies and literatureCollection of laws, commentaries, comparisons, jurisprudenceCollection/drafting of policies Institutional analysis ContactsExperts, peer reviewersTraining material & capacity buildingOther activities to be decided by the Steering Committee and Thematic Working Groups.6

Original research through legal and policy analysisPrecedents and guidanceSample agreements, clausesOperational manuals Guidance notes, toolkits, good practices notes, checklists, Data collection Reference material Studies and literature Collection of laws, commentaries, comparisons, jurisprudenceCollection/drafting of policies Institutional analysis ContactsExperts, peer reviewersTraining material & capacity buildingOther activities to be decided by the Steering Committee and Thematic Working Groups.

6Expected OutcomesGFLJDs knowledge products will provide practical legal contributions to development challenges and will improve the legal and judiciary systems which form the intangible infrastructure for sustainable development

7GFLJD is a system where users will be empowered to advance culturally sensitive and informed partnerships that will enhance knowledge sharing on global, regional/country issues, as well as international issues. The following outcomes are expected:Scaling up of successful solutions pertaining to law and justice through the generation of innovative and customized legal solutions to developmentBetter integration of law and justice considerations in the development process to increase development effectiveness Better sharing of legal solutions to development challenges among development practitioners around the world and better use of academic and research institutions to help solve legal development challengesDemand driven and participatory knowledge creation and application of solutions, breaking down traditional barriers to knowledge sharing across regions, resource disparities, and areas of expertiseOpen Access Publishing to ensure that original intellectual knowledge is freely accessible, making it affordable for practitioners in resource limited environments

7Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Platform

Indonesia Awareness raising on women rights and marriage certificatesThe exchange of knowledge and information has been transformed by ICT, particularly the emergence of interactive online technologiesThe backbone of this initiative will be a robust and interactive ICT platform, with the flexibility to adapt to diverse usersThe Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), at the Syracuse University and its campus partners will create and maintain the ICT sharing platform

8The exchange of knowledge and information has been transformed by information and communication technology (ICT), particularly the emergence of interactive online technologies. The backbone of this initiative will be a robust and interactive ICT platform to allow knowledge sharing and distribution, as well as the flexibility to adapt to diverse users.The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University and its campus partners are strongly positioned to partner with the World Bank in creating and maintaining the ICT sharing platform for this initiative. Led by BBI, proposed partners at SU would include faculty and experts in the School of Information Studies, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the College of Law, and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. 8ContributionsThe sustainability of the initiative is based on a menu of options:In-kind contributions from intellectual partnersFinancial contributions from financial partners, sponsors, and supportersCombination of in-kind and financial support

Kenya- pro bono legal advice

9The resources provided by partners, sponsors, and supporters are aimed at long-term sustainability of the program.Partners are invited to leverage their participation in this global forum to raise funds with their funders. These financial resources may directly support the activities and commitments of the respective partners without being part of the Multidonor Trust Fund. 9In-Kind ContributionsSharing knowledge by contributing to the information communication technology platform (e.g. studies, databases, training material, etc.)Mobilizing own staff for the pursuit of the objectives of this memorandumPromoting expert meetings, workshops, and/or open trainingProviding facilities for workshops, conferences or training seminarsProviding language translations of relevanceProviding updates in specific areas of national legislationEngaging and funding studies/researches and publicationsIncreasing cooperation on global, regional and country issues, in concert with other interested partiesProviding support to relevant stakeholders

10List of in-kind contributions Sharing knowledge by contributing to the information communication technology platform with existing knowledge products (e.g. studies, databases, training material etc.);Mobilizing its own staff for the pursuit of the objectives of this Memorandum;Promoting expert meetings, workshops, and/or open training to jointly build technical capacity and strengthen the understanding of global, regional and country legal issues;Providing facilities for workshops, conferences or training seminars;Providing translations of relevant documents into their native language for wider dissemination in their respective countries;Providing updates in specific area of national legislation; Engaging and funding studies/researches and publications;Increasing their cooperation on global, regional and country issues, in concert with other interested parties, by developing a shared understanding of key legal development challenges and promoting complementarity in their studies and knowledge products;Providing support to relevant stakeholders; andSuch other means as the Partner may agree.

10Financial ContributionsSupport the substantive and/or technological components required to build and sustain the GFLJDGoal: leverage approximately $50 million during a period of 10 years, including $20 million for pilot projects in developing countriesMinimum contribution: $250,000

1111PartnershipsThe GFLD consists of a structured partnership, built on a broad network of development partners such as other International Financial Institutions, International Organizations, Central Banks, government agencies, judiciaries, universities, think-tanks and civil society organizations.

1212Next StepsThe World Bank will:Provide a Secretariat, that will update current partners while reaching out new partners especially from the South; establish a Multidonor Trust Fund, draft key documents to be submitted to the Interim Steering CommitteeThe Interim Steering Committee, composed of all funding partners, will: Convened through a virtual meeting to discuss main issues and finalize key documents (concept note, charter, etc), decide pilot Thematic Working Groups for year 1Each partners will commit with decentralized fund raisingThematic Working Groups, will:Establish co-chairs, priorities, work plans, draft budget, be in charge of designing and delivering thematic sessions at the LJD Week 2012 (December 10-13, 2012).

1313InfoFor more information, please visit the GFLJD web site http://bbi.syr.edu/gfljd/

For correspondence, please send an email to globalforumljd@worldbank.org

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Contact

Hassane CisseDeputy General Counsel, Knowledge and ResearchLegal Vice Presidency - The World Bank1818 H Street NWWashington, D.C. 20433202-473-5101 202-522-1589

Marco NicoliSr. Knowledge Management OfficerLegal Vice Presidency - The World Bank1818 H Street, NWWashington DC 20433 202-473-0304 202-522-1589 Mnicoli@worldbank.org

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