Law, Justice and Development Week 2017
Law, Justice and Development Week 2017
November 6-10, 2017Washington DC

The Law, Justice and Development Week 2017 will focus on the overarching theme Gender, Law and Development and will address the role of law and justice as enabler for a full and equal participation of women and men to development objectives.

Over the past two decades the world has witnessed significant progress in reducing the inequality between women and men, with constant expansion of international and national legal frameworks protecting women's rights. Yet, all around the world gaps persist. The World Bank in 2016 identified four priority areas to achieve gender equality:

  • Human endowments, notably remaining gaps in health and education.
  • Economic opportunity, by increasing participation in the labor force, boosting access to better jobs and increasing earnings.
  • Access to and control of key productive assets.
  • Voice and agency as expressed in freedom from violence, the ability to have voice and influence in governance and political processes, and the ability to exercise control in key decisions such as marriage, sexual activity, and child bearing. 

These four pillars are strongly interconnected. 


The Law, Justice and Development Week 2017 will convene a broad community of development professionals and will:

  • Discuss legal and regulatory frameworks critical to:

    • Formulating, revising and enforcing relevant national and international laws, programs, policies and National Strategic Plans on gender equality.

    • Removing barriers to women’s access to health, education, jobs, ownership and control of productive assets, like land and housing and access to finance, technology and insurance services needed to make these assets productive; and

    • Enhancing women’s voice and agency – that is, women’s capacity and
      opportunity to act independently. This includes engaging men and boys to more effectively tackle challenges related to child marriage, gender-based violence, social norms, and women’s participation in governance.

  • Share good practices in advancing gender equality among MDBs, National Development Agencies, International Organizations, private sector actors, Civil Society Organizations and others stakeholders.

For more information, please check the LJD Week 2017 Information Note




A Program (subject to change) is now available. Updates will be posted as soon as they become available. All sessions during the Law, Justice and Development Week 2017 will be in English with no translation.

Registration is now open. Discounted Fees will end on September 30, 2017. Registration will close on October 22, 2017, at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.

The registration fee includes all sessions and events on November 6-9, except where indicated otherwise on the program. 

Refunds, credits and transfers will not be issued for cancellations or no-shows. All payments are final.


Participant Category

Early Registration
(September 1-30, 2017
11:59pm Eastern Standard Time)

Regular Registration
(October 1-22, 2017
11:59pm Eastern Standard Time)

  • Regular 



  • Students
$150 $300

  • Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development Partners (See the list of GFLJD Partners)
  • Government Officials
  • International Organizations
  • NGOs
  • Public Institutions
  • World Bank Group Alumni




  • Speakers
  • Sponsors
    (Speakers and Sponsors will not need to register. Once their participation is confirmed by session coordinators, their registration will be handled by the LJD Week 2017 Team.)






  • World Bank Group Staff
    (World Bank Group Staff will register on the WBG Open Learning Campus at this link
Free Free



Sponsorship Opportunities

We welcome sponsorship from companies and organizations who work in the field of Law, Justice and Development, and Gender. Please check our brochure for Sponsorship Information.

  • Main Entrance for Registered Participants
    1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433
  • Collection of Identification Passes
    Please bring a valid photo ID (such as your national passport) and your registration confirmation to collect your identification pass and event badge at the registration desk. Your identification pass will be valid for the whole week and will be required when you wish to enter Bank premises. For identification and security reasons, participants must display their identification passes visibly at all times while in the Bank premises.
  • Disability Accommodations
    The World Bank will provide reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities as long as we are informed of special needs in writing at the time of registration. Please contact to specify your accommodation needs.
  • Visa
    Please be advised that it is the responsibility of participants to obtain a visa to enter the United States if applicable. You will need a passport that is valid for no less than three months following your departure from the United States. Please consult the respective United States Consulate regarding United States visa application deadlines and documentation required
  • Arrangements for Participants
    All event-related-expenses, travel, accommodation, medical insurance and other arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.
  • Metro Directions
    The nearest station on the Orange Line is Farragut West (about 2 blocks from the main World Bank building). The nearest station on the Red Line is Farragut North (about 3-4 blocks from the main building). For more information about the Washington, DC metro, see Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Most trains arriving to Washington, DC arrive at Union Station. To get to the World Bank, either take a taxi or take the Red Line Metro from Union Station to Farragut North. From there, it is about 3-4 blocks to the main World Bank building. For more train information, see Amtrak.
    Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. We urge participants to make reservations as soon as possible since local hotels fill up quickly. The Hotels near the World Bank are:
  • 2033 M Street NW Washington, DC 20036, Tel. (202) 530 3600
  • Hampton Inn Washington, 1729 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433, Tel. (202) 296-1006
  • 1710 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, Tel. (202) 904-2500
  • 2019 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20006, Tel. (202) 828-2600
  • 839 17th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20006, Tel. (202) 463-6400
  • WHEN: November 6-10, 2017
  • Where: World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC
  • Contact: