American Bar Association Section of International Law and the World Bank Group present

Law, Justice and Development Week: Innovation and Empowerment for Development

November 14 - 17, 2011
1818 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20433

The American Bar Association Section of International Law is a co-sponsor of the World Bank Group's Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2011.  The forum will explore how legal innovation and empowerment can contribute to development. LJD Week is scheduled for November 14 - 17, 2011, at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC, and will include: a three-day International Forum on November 14 - 16 with an opening session, followed by parallel sessions and a plenary round table of General Counsel; and a training day on November 17. We expect to have a special consultation of partners of the new global knowledge initiative “Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development”.

Section Members will receive a 20% discount. However, this discount is only available if one is a member of the Section or the ABA and registers with the ABA through the access link below.  Members who register on the World Bank website will not be able to receive this special discount or receive a compensation for the discount.*  Interested law students must email for further instructions. 

ABA and Section Members Discounted Rate is $400.

Non-ABA/Section Members must register on the World Bank Website.



LJD Week 2011 intends to focus on three key issues: (a) Global issues, such as challenges relating to international financial regulation, the use of intellectual property rights in development settings, legal challenges/solutions in fragile and conflict states, public-private partnerships, stolen asset recovery, and others; (b) Regional challenges, which will include the role of law in supporting economic and social stability in the Middle East and North Africa region, and legal harmonization as a tool for regional integration; (c) Country cases, which will look at examples of how legal innovation and empowerment  have contributed to a  rise in global economic power (China), supported state-building (South Sudan), and helped manage emergencies and catastrophic risks (Haiti).


In addition to Bank Group staff, LJD Week will bring together senior officials from International Financial Institutions (IFIs), international development practitioners, government officials, lawyers and judges, scholars and academics, and representatives from civil society.

External Partners

External Partners include: The American Bar Association Section of International Law, American Bankruptcy Institute, Tsinghua University School of Law, George Washington University, Harvard University School of Law, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and other IFIs.

Monday, November 14, 2011
Opening Session Keynote Speaker: Mr. Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011  
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Interested attendees can send questions to or telephone Jacqueline Gichinga at + 1-202-662-1662.

*Cancellations must be made in writing and received by the Section office by October 31, 2011 for a full refund, less any associated processing fees.  Please allow four to six weeks after the conference for the processing of any funds.  Refunds will not be made for no shows.

Presented by:

ABA Section of International Law
740 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: +1-202-662-1660