Law, Justice and Development Week 2014

Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2014: Financing and Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda

October 20-24, 2014
1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433
World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC

LJD Week 2014 is a part of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (Global Forum) where the Section is a Founding and Intellectual Partner. The World Bank is handling all registrations and ABA Members will receive a 20% discount.  Please note that all members will be verified by the ABA. For any questions regarding logistics, accommodations, etc, please contact

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In September 2014, a report on Sustainable Development Goals to guide the post-2015 agenda will be submitted to the UN General Assembly. LJD Week 2014 will provide a timely opportunity to discuss, debate, and define the role of law and justice in the post-2015 development agenda.

Each year, Law, Justice and Development (LJD) week brings together World Bank Group staff, senior officials from other international financial institutions, international development practitioners, government officials, lawyers, judges, scholars and representatives from civil society. As in previous years, LJD Week 2014 will be an event co-organized by the Legal Departments of the World Bank Group and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  It will also involve the collaboration and participation of the 150 international partners of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD).

To maximize learning outcomes, LJD Week 2014 will experiment with a variety of new formats.  These include:
Experts on call: practical guidance on law or justice reform projects.  Participants can be invited to ask pertinent technical questions in one-on-one 15 minute sessions.
Hard talk: fast-paced, personal and highly interactive interviews.  Well-known and respected thought leaders can be interviewed in a BBC-style hard talk format.
Master class: highly interactive workshops run by a trained facilitator and a seasoned expert allows experts to communicate experiential knowledge and know-how.
Up Close and Personal: a series of informative, inspiring, energetic, 18-minute TED/IGNITE-style talks on “burning topics,” innovations, and personal challenges faced in engaging clients, or shaping change on the ground.
Knowledge Café: an open discussion on a topic of mutual interest aimed to surface collective knowledge, and facilitate sharing of experiences, ideas and insights.

The first two days of LJD Week will be devoted to the legal dimensions to the post-2015 development agenda, and will be organized into three parallel sub-themes:
Financing the post-2015 development agenda.
Implementing the post-2015 development agenda.
Social and economic equity in the post-2015 development agenda.

Each sub-theme will be organized coherently to explore the topic in detail, and each sub-theme will generate an issue paper identifying the issues discussed, and the key points of agreement and dialogue.

Europe Day
Each year, LJD Week takes an in-depth look at legal, economic and social developments in a particular country or region. The past four years have focused on Brazil, China, India, and Africa. This year, LJD Week will focus on Europe.  The day will include an exploration of how we think of “Europe” ranging from the European Union to accession countries, to all of continental Europe.  Subject to contributing partners’ inputs, Europe Day is proposed to include the following four themes:

  • Europe as a contributor to the global development agenda.
  • Addressing poverty and shared prosperity within Europe.
  • The ongoing financial crisis in Europe.
  • Migration into and within Europe.

Potential partners include the European Commission, European Parliament, European Court of Justice, European Central Bank, in collaboration with Italian Central Bank; Council of Europe, European Investment Bank; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and European universities and law schools.

LJD Week 2014 Brochure