Law, Justice and Development Week 2015
November 16-20, 2015World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

Each year, the 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.

LJD Week 2015 will explore the role of Governance and the Law in the social and economic advancement of nations, with a focus on the value of law in producing sustainable development outcomes, in expressing justice, and in serving as a catalyst for justice from different perspectives.

LJD Week 2015 will also explore topics related to the Middle East and North of Africa Region and to the World Bank Group and International Financial Institutions. 

As in previous years, LJD Week 2015 will be an event co-organized by the Legal Departments of the World Bank Group. It will also involve the collaboration and participation of international partners of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD).

For details, please refer to the Concept Note.


A Program Agenda (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 2015 will be in English with no translation, except on Wednesday when translation to Arabic is available. Translation to other languages may be arranged as planning LJD Week 2015 evolves but is not guaranteed.




Registration for LJD Week 2015 1

All sessions during the Law, Justice and Development Week 2015 will be in English with no translation, except on Wednesday when translation to Arabic is available. Translation to other languages may be arranged as planning LJD Week 2015 evolves but is not guaranteed.



Participant Category

Early Registration
(by October 31, 2015
11:59pm Eastern Standard Time)

Late Registration 2
(from November 1 to November 6, 2015
11:59pm Eastern Standard Time)

Regular and ABA Members
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Speakers and Sponsors
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1    Cancelation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing addressed to and received by November 9, 2015, for a full refund of fees, less a $150 administration fee. No refund of registration fee will be granted after that date except in the case of medical emergency or extenuating circumstances approved by the organizing team for LJD Week, in its sole discretion. Please allow up to six weeks after the conference for the processing of any refunds.

2    Registration will close on November 6, 2015, at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, no exceptions.

3    Others include:

Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development Partners
Government Officials
International Financial Institutions
International Organizations
International Monetary Fund
Non-Governmental organizations
Public Institutions
World Bank Group
World Bank Group Legal Department Alumni



  • Speakers'bios will be posted as they become available.

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    Mahmoud Mohieldin

    Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy
    Mahmoud Mohieldin is the World Bank's Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy. He is also in charge of coordinating the World Bank Group’s efforts to strengthen partnerships with the United Nations. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Mohieldin held numerous leading positions in the Government of Egypt and served on several Boards of Directors in the Central Bank of Egypt and the corporate sector. He was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development and selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2005.
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    Anne-Marie Leroy

    Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel
    Anne-Marie Leroy, a French national, was appointed senior vice president and general counsel for the World Bank Group in March 2009. Prior to joining the Bank Group, she had been a partner of the Paris office of Denton Wilde Sapte LLP since 2005, where she was in charge of the Department of Public Law. A graduate of both the Paris Institute for Political Science and the National School for Public Administration (ENA), with a graduate degree in the Sociology of Organizations, Leroy joined the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) in 1986, the highest court in France for public and administrative law, where she worked as a judge for five years.

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    Hon. Lady Justice Njoki S. Ndung'u

    Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya
    Hon. Justice Njoki Susanna Ndung'u is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has previously work experience as State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General, Programme Officer at the Institute for Education in Democracy, and National Protection Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Justice Njoki S. Ndung'u is a former Member of the Pan-African Parliament and of the 9th Parliament in the National Assembly of Kenya, where she sat in the Standing Committees on Defense and Foreign Affairs, Administration of Justice and Legal Affairs and the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Constitution. She is the architect of the Sexual Offences Act 2006, and of amendments to the Employment Act 2007 providing for paid maternity and paternity leave, as well to the Political Parties Act 2007 on affirmative action measures for women in political participation. Hon. Njoki Ndung'u sat as a member of the Committee of Experts that drafted the Kenyan Constitution and has received international and national recognition for her work; she was awarded the UN Person of the Year in Kenya 2006 and the International Commission of Jurists - Jurist of the Year Award 2006 and Presidential Commendation of the rank of the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) in the same year. Justice Ndung'u was more recently awarded the rank of Chief of the Burning Spear (CBS). She holds both a Masters in Law degree (LL.M) in Human Rights and civil liberties and a diploma in Women’s Rights.
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    Leila Zerrougui

    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
    Leila Zerrougui was appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the Under Secretary-General level in September 2012. In this capacity, she serves as a moral voice and independent advocate to build awareness and give prominence to the rights and protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict. Immediately prior to this appointment she was the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Deputy Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) where, since 2008, she spearheaded the Mission’s efforts in strengthening the rule of law and protection of civilians. As a legal expert in human rights and the administration of justice, Ms. Zerrougui has had a distinguished career in the strengthening of the rule of law and in championing strategies and actions for the protection of vulnerable groups especially women and children.


ImageZighed Abdelkader

Officer of the Judicial Police, Algerian Gendarmerie
In Algeria, Mr. Abdelkader has participated in the work of several ministerial groups addressing the prevention of violence in sports events, the prevention of drug abuse, and youth violence. He helped launch the Master of Criminology at the University of Algiers, and he participated in the teaching of criminology at the University of Annaba as well as at the Higher School of Magistracy in Algiers. Mr. Abdelkader holds a degree in Law (1995), and a Diploma of Specialized Studies in Criminology with distinction from the University of Liege (Belgium) (2005).

ImageMaeen Abdulmalek Saeed Abdo

Rapporteur, Yemeni Constitution Drafting Committee
Maeen Abdulmalek Saeed Abdo is an expert in reconstructing new government and legitimacy. Mr. Abdo was a member of a government delegation to the Geneva Consultations for Peace Talks on Yemen in June 2015, sponsored by the United Nations. After the Yemeni Crisis in 2011, Mr. Abdo was selected for the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), representing the independents. He was also a member of the Regions Committee to determine the regions of the State, as well as a member of the Consensus Committee. Later, Mr. Abdo was chosen to be a member and rapporteur of the Constitution Drafting Committee. Mr. Abdo holds a PhD in Architectural Engineering and Design Theory from Cairo University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering at Thamar University.

ImageArun Kumar Acharya

Professor, Institute of Social Science Research, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico
Mr. Acharya is Professor at Institute of Social Science Research, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. He is founder of Mexican Centre for Migration and Human Trafficking Studies, Monterrey. Professor Acharya has actively participated on drafting of human trafficking law in Mexico in 2012 and 2014. His book Perspectives of Human trafficking in Mexico led most of the states of Mexico to reformulate their local trafficking law. He has also published more than 50 research papers in various international journals on issues of Migration, Human Trafficking, Gender violence and human rights, also 6 books on Migration and Human trafficking in Mexico.

ImageCharles Afeku

Mining Legal and Regulatory Adviser, Rwanda Ministry of Natural Resources
Mr. Afeku is a lawyer with more than a decade’s experience advising governments on mining issues, drafting mining legislation, and negotiating mining agreements. Charles previously worked as senior legal officer in Ghana’s Minerals Commission, and is currently the mining legal and regulatory advisor in Rwanda’s Ministry of Natural Resources. He was part of the working group for the IBA’s online template for negotiation and drafting mining agreements (MMDA). And now serves as a member of the GTRC.

ImageZaid Al-Ali

Visiting Professor, Princeton University
Zaid Al-Ali is Senior Adviser on Constitution Building for International IDEA, and is also a fellow and visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Law and Public Affairs Program. He has been practicing law since 1999, specializing in international commercial arbitration and comparative constitutional law. He has law degrees from Harvard Law School, the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and King’s College London. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Al-Ali was a legal adviser to the United Nations focusing on constitutional, parliamentary and judicial reform in Iraq. Since the beginning of 2011, he has been working on constitutional reform throughout the Arab region, in particular in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Yemen. He has published widely on Iraq and on constitutional law.

ImageReem Al-Ansari

Assistant Professor, College of Law, Qatar University
Dr. Reem Al-Ansari is a Professor at Qatar University College of Law and the Director of the Legal Research and Studies Division at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC) in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Al-Ansari received her LLM from The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and earned her Doctorate degree from Georgetown Law Center in Washington D.C. She is the youngest Qatari lawyer and doctorate holder in the state. Dr. Al-Ansari has won two EED awards for education excellence. She has also worked at the World Bank headquarters in the Governance and Anti-corruption (GAC) unit. Currently, Dr. Al-Ansari is working on a book on money laundering while researching at the ROLACC center.

ImageMaryam Alexander

Principal Counsel, International Finance Corporation
Mrs. Alexander has been the lead counsel on structuring, documenting and advising on debt and equity investments of Project Finance transactions in all sectors, including Infrastructure-Energy, Financial markets, Structured Finance, Bonds, Islamic Finance, Manufacturing, Health and Education, and Agribusiness. She has also been involved in projects funded through IFC's Assets Management Company ("AMC"). Mrs. Alexander holds an LLM from the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. and J.D. License en Droit from L’Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland. She has also participated in the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program and INSEAD Executive Education.

ImageBetsy Alley

Strategy Officer, Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations Coordination Unit, IFC
Betsy Alley is the Strategy Officer for IFC’s Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations Coordination Unit, which is leading IFC’s activities to increase private investment in these extremely challenging countries. Additionally, as part of her role, she has been exploring IFC’s role in increasing economic opportunities for women in these fragile and post-conflict contexts. Moreover, Ms. Alley has recently transitioned to lead Strategy and Business Development for SME Ventures, a pioneering IFC program focused on developing private equity small and medium enterprise (SME) funds in fragile states and frontier markets. She holds an MBA from London Business School, an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Classics from Cornell University.


ImageNawaf A. AlMahamel

Senior Legal Advisor, Kuwait Fund for Economic Development
Nawaf A. AlMahamel is responsible for drafting, negotiating, executing and follow-up of loan, grant, and consultancy agreements made/financed by the Kuwait Fund. He worked the World Bank as a Legal Counsel from 2002 till 2005.  He is currently serving as the President-Elect at the International Development Law Organization (Rome). Mr. AlMahamel holds degrees from Kuwait University (LL.B), Howard Law School (LL.M) and certificates from Georgetown University and Cornell University.  

Amat Al Alim Alsoswa

National Dialogue Member, Republic of Yemen, and former Assistant Secretary General, UNDP
Ms. Al Alim Alsoswa is a Yemeni leader and activist. She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Director of its Regional Bureau for Arab States, where she served from 2006-2012. In this post, Alsoswa led UNDP’s 18 programme offices in the Arab region. From 2003 to 2005, she served as Yemen’s first Minister of Human Rights, developing the mandate and capacities of that institution and leading such efforts as the production of the country’s first national report on human rights, the holding of televised public hearings on international reports on Yemen’s human rights record, and the establishment of a human rights resource center open to the public. In addition she served in the Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2003 as Ambassador to Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. Her achievements have been recognized by many national and international public and private institutions, including the Government of France, which in 2004 awarded her the rank of Officier of the Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur, and the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, which presented her the 2004 W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award. Alsoswa holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Cairo University and an M.A. in International Communications from the American University in Washington.

ImageAlejandro Alvarez de la Campa

Global Lead for the World Bank’s Global Secured Transactions and Collateral Registries (STCR) Product
Before this position, he held other positions in IFC, in the Small and Medium Enterprise Department and in the Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS), where he worked on access to finance for SMEs and business environment issues in different regions, including Africa, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Southeast Europe. He has worked worldwide on policy issues related to access to financial services, access to finance for MSMEs, business environment and private sector, and business legal and regulatory issues. Alejandro has also worked in the past as an adjunct Professor of Law at American University in Washington D.C. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Seville (Spain). Alejandro is based in Johannesburg, South Africa since July 2012. 

ImageJudit Arenas

Director of External Relations, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
Ms. Arenas leads IDLO’s external positioning as the only intergovernmental organization focused exclusively on promoting the rule of law. Based in New York, she also serves as Deputy Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York. Her responsibilities include oversight for advocacy, government relations, public affairs and strategic communication efforts to contribute to build a culture of justice. Ms. Arenas undertook post-graduate research at University College London, UK.

ImageAlfredo Attié Jr.

Judge at the Supreme Court of São Paulo
Mr. Attié is a Former Professor at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP) and Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Founder of SAOJUS, an interdisciplinary center for environmental conflicts resolution, Heis also a former Member of the Tiete River Basin Committee. Founder of CBMA , Brazilian Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation, Former São Paulo State Attorney. He has studied Law and History at Universidade de São Paulo. Researcher at NETI – USP; Full Fellow at Sao Paulo Law Academy.

ImageTristan Aureau

Judge at the Conseil d’État
Mr. Aureau is besides his activities as a judge, he is also a consultant on cyber issues for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Subsequently he is a coordinator of the Community of Practices on Small-Scale Private-public partnerships World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. He hold a MA from Sciences Po and a degree from Ecole Nationale d’Administration.


Elsie Addo Awadzi

Senior Counsel, Iternational Monetary Fund
Elsie Addo Awadzi's work at the IMF includes participation in FSAPs and providing technical assistance to strengthen legal frameworks for bank resolution, crisis management, and public financial management. Before joining the Fund in 2012, her professional experience spanned 16 years during which she served two three-year terms as a Commissioner (Board Member) of Ghana’s Securities & Exchange Commission, worked in private law practice, as well as advised on financial sector legal reforms in Africa and the Caribbean. She holds an LL.M. degree (with distinction) from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.B.A. (Finance) Degree and an LL.B Degree all from the University of Ghana.

ImageSaku Akmeemana

Senior Governance Specialist, World Bank
Saku Akmeemana has worked both in the field and at headquarters. She has worked extensively in South Asia and East Asia, focusing particularly on the political economy of institutional change; understanding the incentives and conditions under which local elites invest in broadly developmental institutions and processes (particularly in countries emerging from conflict); service delivery and the state-citizen interface; and justice and drivers of conflict (including empirical approaches to issues of disputation, crime and security from a citizen's perspective). Prior to joining the Bank, Saku worked for the United Nations in a number of fields: political affairs, post-conflict institutional development, refugee and humanitarian assistance. Early in her career, she worked on indigenous land issues, and served in legal and policy advisor roles in the Australian Government.

ImageAyman Ayoub

Former Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa, International IDEA
Ayman Ayoub is a lawyer and former regional director for West Asia and North Africa at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (“International IDEA”). He has more than 22 years of experience in democracy building and rule of law support. In addition to working for over 10 years for International IDEA in different capacities, he has served as senior expert and advisor for the UN system, the European Union and a large number of international organizations specialized in elections and democracy development support.

ImageImageAdil Awad Babiker

General Legal Counsel of the Islamic Corporation of the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC)
Adil Awad Babiker is a Sudanese national. He is the General Legal Counsel of the Islamic Corporation of the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC). Adil regularly lectures on legal aspects of export credit insurance and Islamic Insurance. He graduated from the University of Khartoum, Faculty of law and obtained his DEA from  Université de Paris II.

ImageAyaz Baetov

Regional Program Coordinator, ABA
Mr. Baetov joined ABA ROLI in October 2014 after previously working as an ABA ROLI staff attorney in 2008 and 2011. Mr. Baetov leads the implementation of ABA ROLI’s INL-funded regional court monitoring program, coordinating activities across ABA ROLI’s three offices in Bishkek, Astana and Dushanbe. Mr. Baetov also teaches international public law courses as a part-time associate professor at the American University of Central Asia. He received his PhD in law in 2009 from Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek and his master’s degree in public policy in 2011 from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.

ImagePeter Bartu

Lecturer, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Bartu teaches and researches political transitions at UC Berkeley. In 2011, he was a member of the UN’s stand-by mediation team that worked in Benghazi and Tripoli during the Libyan revolution, among other assignments in Djibouti, Iraq and Malawi. In 2008-2009, Mr. Bartu led a team of fifteen UN and Iraqi researchers that produced a seminal 500 page report on the disputed internal boundaries between the Arabs and the Kurds in northern Iraq. He has worked in different capacities for the UN and other organizations on Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines (2009-2010), Nepal (2005), the Middle East Peace Process (2001-2003), East Timor (1999) and Cambodia (1991-1993). He has a PhD in history from Monash University.

ImageKillian Bälz

Partner, Amereller Legal Consultants
Kilian Bälz is a partner at Amereller Legal Consultants, an international law firm focusing on the MENA Region with offices in Cairo, Dubai, Tripoli, Erbil, Baghdad and Teheran. Based in Cairo, Kilian is advising international investors on debt and equity investments across the MENA Region. He regularly acts for development banks and has a special industry focus on energy, financial services and telecom. Kilian was involved in some of the first secured lending transaction in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and instrumental in setting up the firm’s office in Tripoli in 2012. Kilian studied law and Middle East Studies at the universities of Freiburg, Berlin (PhD 1997), Damascus, Cairo (AUC) and London. In 2008, Kilian was a fellow at Harvard Law School. Before joining Amereller, Kilian was a partner at Gleiss Lutz (at the time an affiliate firm of Herbert Smith).

ImageMichel Barnier

Member of the Conseil d'Etat, Special Advisor to the President of the EU Commission
Michel Barnier has held multiple Minister positions in Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Environment was appointed in the French government. He was a Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries on 2007, stepping down in 2009 upon his election as an MEP in the European Parliament. He served as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. As European Commissioner he handled many important issues, such as the reform of the financial sector, the banking union and the digital single market. He holds a degree ESCP Europe.

ImageSpyridon (Spiros) V. Bazinas

Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL
As Secretary of the Working Group, Mr. Bazinas is responsible for preparing comparative law studies, drafting legislative texts and commentaries, and servicing the Working Group. He has co-authored eight books and has published numerous articles on various international trade law topics and, in particular, on secured financing. He has also provided technical assistance and lectured all over the world on a variety of UNCITRAL work topics. For a number of years, he has been teaching a course on secured financing at the Law School of the University of Vienna, Austria.

Mohamed Elhafedh Beddy

Director of Legal Affairs Department, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, and Secretary of Board of Governors and Board of Directors
Prior to joining the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, he was counselor in charge of the Legal Department of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector (ICD – Member of Islamic Development Bank Group), and the Head of Legal Unit. Before joining the Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector, he was a lawyer at the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and a private lawyer in Mauritania. He earned a Master degree in General Private law from the University of Tunisia in 1993 and a Bachelor in Private Law university of Nouakchott in 1989.

ImageFerid Belhaj

Attorney, Country Director, MENA, World Bank
Mr. Belhaj was appointed World Bank Director for the Middle East on September 17, 2012 covering Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. He served as World Bank Director for the Pacific Region (2009-2012), Special Representative to the United Nations in New York (2007-2001), and Country Manager for Morocco (2002-2007). He joined the World Bank’s Legal Department in 1996 as an operational lawyer on the MENA and East Asia Regions. He led Legal and Judicial Reform projects in Morocco, Jordan and Thailand. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Belhaj was the Bank Country Manager for Morocco, before moving on to represent the Bank at the United Nations headquarters in New York in 2007. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Belhaj practiced law in Paris and Tunis, held the post of Deputy Chief of Mission and Legal Adviser at the Embassy of Tunisia to the United States of America, and was the Legal Adviser for Permanent Mission of Tunisia to the United Nations. In those capacities, he worked on the legal and institutional aspects of the Middle East peace process and negotiated the entry into force of the UN Law of the Sea Convention. Ferid Belhaj graduated from the Tunis Law School and the Universite Pantheon-Assas, with a Masters Degree in Constitutional Law and Political Science and a Masters Degree in International Law.

ImagePatricia J. Beneke

Regional Director and Representative United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for North America
Ms. Beneke was appointed as the Director and Regional Representative for the UN Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America in May of 2014. Prior to that, she served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for nearly 20 years, specializing in legislation and oversight matters relating to energy policy, water resources, and environmental matters. In addition, Ms. Beneke was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science in 1995, and served in that capacity until 2000. As Assistant Secretary, she played a leadership role with respect to several ecosystem restoration efforts, including those involving the Florida Everglades, the California-San Francisco Bay Delta, and the Platte River. Ms. Beneke has taught natural resources law and policy on an adjunct basis at Harvard Law School, Columbia University Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. She holds a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. degree from Iowa State University.

ImageFlorence Benoît-Rohmer

Secretary General of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)
Ms. Benoît-Rohmer holds a PhD in Public Law and is professor at the Law Faculty in Strasbourg as well as visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. She was Dean of the law faculty from 2000 to 2003, and President of the Université Robert Schuman (URS) from 2003 to 2008. She is founding member of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), for which she has performed in the function of Secretary General from January 2009 till September 2015, and earlier as EIUC Vice-President. Within the EIUC framework of activities she has been the initiator of numerous educational and scientific programmes, including the academic and training activities provided by the GIZ Programme on Good Governance in the Maghreb Region, and most recently of an innovative Master’s Programme in Democratic Governance in the MENA Region (DE.MA).

ImageImageWolfgang Bergthaler

Senior Counsel, International Monetary Fund
Wolfgang Bergthaler works on legal aspects of IMF financing operations, surveillance, governance, exchange system, and financial sector issues, as well as sovereign debt, corporate and household insolvency, and judicial reform issues. Before joining the IMF in 2006, he practiced as an attorney in international law firms in the area of corporate law and M&A, and capital markets law in Vienna and Brussels. He regularly lectures and frequently publishes on issues related to international finance. Wolfgang is a graduate of Karl-Franzens Univeristaet Graz, Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.), and the Université III Robert Schuman, Strasbourg.

ImageMarie-Anne Birken

General Counsel, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Marie-Anne Birken was appointed General Counsel at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in June 2014. She is responsible for the Office of the General Counsel which includes the Legal department, the Operations and Administration Department and the Procurement Department. Ms. Birken is a member of the Executive Committee and various other committees of the Bank such as the Operations Committee, Risk Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. Ms. Birken joined EBRD from the Asian Development Bank where she was The Secretary and previously served as Deputy General Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel responsible for private sector operations. Ms. Birken has extensive emerging markets experience and lived and worked in Asia from 1995 until 2014. She was previously a partner in two international law firms and held the position of regional general counsel at Barclays Bank where she supported corporate banking activities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ms. Birken is a Dutch national; she has a Master’s degree in law from the University of Utrecht and also qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

ImagePeter Blanck

University Professor and Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
Mr. Blanck is Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Blanck holds appointments at the Syracuse University Colleges of Law, and Arts and Sciences, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, School of Education, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse, Blanck was Kierscht Professor of Law and director of the Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center at the University of Iowa. Blanck is Honorary Professor, Centre for Disability Law & Policy, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Blanck received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester, a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

ImageNicola Bonucci

Director, Legal Affairs and Accession Coordinator, OECD
Nicola Bonucci joined the OECD in 1993 as a Legal Counselor, served as Deputy Director from 2000 until becoming Director in 2005. He focuses on general public international law issues, participating in the negociation of international agreements, interpreting the basic texts of the Organisation, and providing legal opinions to the senior management (The Secretary-General and his Deputies), the Council (the governing body of the OECD), and its subsidiary bodies. Since 1997 Mr. Bonucci has been closely involved in the monitoring and follow-up of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and is a regular speaker in international conferences on this subject. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Bonucci served as a Legal Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. He holds a DEA in Public International Law from the University of Paris X Nanterre, a DESS in International Administration from the University of Paris II-Assas, and a Master of International and Comparative Law from the University of Notre Dame.

ImageRob Boone

Practice Manager, Justice and Rule of Law, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group
Rob Boone joined the World Bank Group on June 1, 2015 as the Practice Manager for Justice and Rule of Law, in the Governance Global Practice. From 2007-2014, Rob was the Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Washington, DC. From 2001-2007, he served in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, as Chief of both the Human Security Branch and the Treaty and Legal Affairs Branch, as well as in South Africa as the Representative for Southern Africa. Earlier, he held several U.S. government positions in Washington, including as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and previously practiced law in California. Originally from New York City, he holds a Master of Science degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and is a graduate of Harvard College (Government) and Harvard Law School.

ImageNancy Boswell

Director. American University Washington College of Law (WCL) US and International Anti-Corruption Law Certificate Program
Ms. Boswell was President and CEO of Transparency International USA, providing leadership from its founding in 1994 until 2011. A former member of the TI Board of Directors and TI Individual Member, she remains actively engaged in the anticorruption movement. Ms. Boswell is a member of the OECD Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Integrity and Anti-Corruption. She serves on the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and the Hills Program on Governance Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Ethics Resource Center, the Collaboration on Government Secrecy and Veracity Worldwide LLP. She was named among Ethisphere’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.” She practiced international and trade law at Steptoe & Johnson and managed international financial matters at Citibank. She received her law degree, summa cum laude, from WCL.

ImageFrancis Botchway

Associate Dean of Research, College of Law, Qatar University
He is consulted by law firms in the United Kingdom and the United States on litigation and arbitration matters. Governments, institutions and International Organizations also consult him on varied subjects, particularly International Investment, Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Dr. Botchway obtained his first law degree at the University of Ghana before proceeding to Canada to study for a Master of Laws degree at Dalhousie Law School. He studied for another Master of Laws degree at Harvard Law School. Dr. Botchway was then awarded the C.R. Allen Fellowship at the University of Manchester, UK, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Law. Dr. Botchway taught at the University of Warwick Law School for six years before taking up Readership at Hull University. He has held positions as Adjunct Professor at Leuven University, the University of Warwick, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; and Visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Journal of Comparative Law.

ImageMalika Bouziane

Lawyer at the Bar of Oran, Algeria
Malika Bouziane has been a lawyer specializing in criminology since 1982. She is a lecturer and the head of the Master’s Program in “Criminology and Penitentiary Science,” as well as the project director for the National Research Project, “Young People, Drugs and Crime” at the University of Oran. Ms. Bouziane is also the head of the staff of the Laboratory on Child Law. She is a member of the Board of the International Society of Criminology and of the International Association of French Speaking Criminologists.

ImageJulie Bowen

Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, The MITRE Corporation
Ms. Bowen directs an in-house legal team that advises MITRE’s leadership on all legal matters, including cybersecurity, contracting, international and global presence, intellectual property, human resources, healthcare, real estate, and national security. She also oversees MITRE’s Government Relations with a focus on education of the FFRDC - Institution, and following legislation, regulations, and policies that relate to MITRE’s work programs. Prior to this, Ms. Bowen held several senior positions in the private sector, including chief legal counsel of DHL Global Mail; vice president, general counsel, and secretary of QuadraMed Corporation; and vice president, general counsel, and secretary of TREEV, Inc. Ms. Bowen graduated from The Catholic University of America, where she received her B.A. and J.D.

ImageGenevieve Boyreau

Resident Representative and Senior Country Economist for Bhutan, World Bank
Ms. Boyreau joined the World Bank as Young Professional in the Research Department, as a member of the China’s Program. She served in the East Asia and Pacific Region as macroeconomist on China, country economist for Mongolia, Program Leader in Lao PDR. At a corporate level, she provided support to design country strategies and policy-based budget support operations across the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Boyreau held faculty and research positions at the Center for Research and International Development (CERDI) in France and had been a research fellow at the China Center for Economic Research, Beijing, China. Ms. Boyreau holds a Ph.D on Development Economics, from CERDI, France.

ImageImageDaniel D. Bradlow

SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations, University of Pretoria
Daniel D. Bradlow was previously the first Head of the International Economic Relations and Policy Department at the South African Reserve Bank, and Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where he also was the Director of the International Legal Studies Program. He has published numerous articles on international development law.

Michele Brandt

Michele Brandt has over 25 years constitution-making, rule of law and peace building experience. She launched and directs Interpeace’s Constitution-making for Peace program, which develops tools and resources to improve constitution-making practice and provides technical assistance to both international organizations and national actors. She has recently launched the Women's Constitutional Voices project to address a critical gap in the women, peace and security agenda. Michele has spent over a dozen years directly assisting processes in post-conflict countries. She was the full-time constitutional adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan Constitutional Commission. In Timor-Leste, Michele served with the United Nations Transitional Administration as a judicial affairs officer and was a member of the Transitional Judicial Service Commission as well as the Cabinet Legislative Committee and later advised East Timor's Constitutional Assembly. In Cambodia, Michele cofounded the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center and directed an eleven-office legal aid association. She has published numerous articles on human rights, capacity development, gender, peacebuilding, and the rule of law, including a handbook on constitution-making.

Iris Breutz

Head of the Pan-African Program, GIZ
Besides her work as a practicing lawyer, Ms. Breutz has 15 years of experience as an adviser, consultant and program manager in the areas of human rights, transitional justice and governance in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. For the past seven years, she lived and worked in Sudan, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Within the framework of the cooperation between Germany and the African Union, she leads the GIZ Program “Support to the African Governance Architecture” aiming at advancing human rights and good governance on the African continent. She also worked in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Liberia and Kenya. She studied law in Hamburg/Germany and Lausanne/Switzerland.

ImageErnesto Canales

Founding Partner, Canales y Socios Abogados, S.C.
Mr. Canales has written extensively in leading newspapers and magazines, as well as in several academic books, on the accusatory criminal system. He was awarded the Medal for Professional Excellence from the Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados Monterrey (2011), was commended for his lifetime Community Service by Premio SELIDER (2012), received the Robert Herzstein award for outstanding pro bono community services work from the Fundación Appleseed México (2013), and the Observación de los Derechos Humanos Sergio García Ramírez award from the Comisión Estatal de los Derechos Humanos Nuevo León (2014). Mr. Canales holds a Law Degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho (Summa Cum Laude) in Mexico City, and continued his professional studies at Columbia University (Master in Comparative Law), Stanford University, University of Texas and Tec de Monterrey (Management and Business).

Heikki Cantell

General Counsel and Head of Legal Department (also serving as Secretary General), Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)
Heikki Cantell has vast experience in managing all legal aspects of the activities of IFIs. Prior to his current position as General Counsel at NIB (2007-) he served as General Counsel at the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) during 1995-2007. Prior to his career as General Counsel, he was assigned head of the Paris branch office by his employer at the time, Heikki Haapaniemi Law Offices. Prior to his period at the law firm, he served as legal counsel for the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Heikki Cantell holds an amount of other professional engagements, e.g. within Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur for the Republic of France, and in the Board of two Finnish holding companies. He is assigned arbitrator nominated by the International Chamber of Commerce in international commercial litigations. He has held numerous lectures and has written articles in several legal and commercial publications in France and in Finland. Heikki Cantell holds a L.L.M. (Master of Law) degree from University of Helsinki and a postgraduate degree in commercial law from University of Paris II.

ImageIvor Chipkin

Executive Director, Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI); and Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand
Mr. Chipkin has twenty years consulting experience, including undertaking numerous research projects and reviews for local, provincial and national government. Ivor has experience in government framework development as well as policy development. Mr. Chipkin also has international consulting experience: he has undertaken monitoring and evaluation projects for the UN Capital Development Fund. Mr. Chipkin has published widely (in accredited journals, conference papers and peer reviewed books) on questions of government and governance in South Africa, and is currently researching and publishing on topics related to public administration and public sector reform (focusing on form of the State, the organisation of government, organisational culture and organisational incentives). He holds a doctorate from the Ecole Normale Superieure in France and in 2005 he was made a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s college at Oxford University.

ImageAnna Chytla

Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge, Research and International Law, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank
Anna Chytla is responsible for generating and disseminating legal knowledge that contributes to the organization’s strategic agenda, governance and operations. She coordinates the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, a knowledge platform and network of over 150 partners worldwide, which connects development processionals on matters related to law and development.
Ms. Chytla is also responsible for institutional governance matters and provides advice on the World Bank’s Articles of Agreement, the Board of Governors and the Board of Executive Directors, accountability and decision-making, membership and shareholding, and the World Bank’s relationship with other international organizations. In her previous assignments in Legal, she focused on conflict resolution, misconduct investigations, human resources, real estate, privileges and immunities, and general corporate administrative matters. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Chytla practiced law in the area of international development, administrative law, federal procurement, employee benefits, and litigation. She is a graduate of American University School of Law and New York University.

ImageHassane Cissé

Director, Governance and Inclusive Institutions, Governance Global Practice, World Bank
In this capacity, Mr. Cissé leads a department composed of teams of experts to support countries in building sustainable, inclusive, and trustworthy governance systems. Previously, Mr. Cissé was Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research of the World Bank from 2009 to June 2014. In this capacity, he managed the Bank’s advisory work on legal and justice reforms, and led the Bank’s knowledge activities on law, justice and development. Mr. Cissé has lectured and published widely. He has in particular co-edited several volumes of The World Bank Legal Review. He serves on several international boards and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Justice and its Meta Council on Global Governance Architecture. Mr. Cissé holds an LL.B. from the Dakar University School of Law, in Senegal, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.) in international law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. He received his D.E.A. in international economic law from the Sorbonne, where he also obtained a D.E.A. in African history. He also holds an LL.M. from Harvard University.

ImageImageCarolina Claver

Financial Sector Expert, International Monetary Fund
Carolina Claver has close to 17 years of experience in financial sector supervision and regulation, with expertise and practical knowledge of the capital market sector and anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) issues. Prior to the IMF, Mrs. Claver worked for over 10 years at the National Securities Commission (CNV) in Argentina. Before joining the CNV, Mrs. Claver worked as an attorney for a Criminal Law Firm. Mrs. Claver holds a Law Degree from the University of Buenos Aires with a specialization in Business and Economic Law. 

ImageMargaret B. Cole

Partner, White & Case, United Arab Emirates
Margaret Cole is a partner who heads the Abu Dhabi office of international law firm White & Case. Ms. Cole has over 30 years' experience in international financings and has played a lead role in various forms of financings, including limited recourse project financings, securitizations and private placements. She has represented lenders and investors in emerging and developed markets worldwide and has also worked as counsel at the International Finance Corporation in Washington from 1991 until July 1995. Ms. Cole was a Principal Counsel at International Finance Corporation when she left to join White & Case. She received her LLB from Sydney University Law School with 1st Class Honours and a University Medal, and her LLM from Harvard University.

ImageRobert D. Cooter

Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law; Co-Director, Law and Economics Program University of California Berkeley, School of Law
Robert Cooter, a pioneer in the field of law and economics, was educated at Swarthmore College, Oxford University, and Harvard University. After receiving his Ph.D. in economics in 1975, he joined the economics faculty at Berkeley, and the law faculty in 1980. Prof. Cooter regularly teaches the economic analysis of law, and he has taught a variety of courses jointly with lawyers, including contracts, torts, corporations, financial services, the theory of adjudication, and law and anthropology. He has received various awards and fellowships, including Institute for Advanced Study, National Science Foundation, Guggenheim, Max Planck, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Humboldt Research Prize, and the European Law and Economics Association Distinction Award for 2011. Prof. Cooter has published a wide variety of articles applying economic analysis to private law, constitutional law, and law in developing countries.

ImageClaudia Costin

Senior Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank Group
Before joining the World Bank Group in July 2014, Claudia Costin, a Brazilian national, was Secretary of Education, Rio de Janeiro. Under her stewardship, learning results rose by 22 percent in the city. She also implemented a strong Early Childhood program, working seamlessly across sectors with the Health and Social Protection secretariats. Claudia has held academic positions at the Catholic University of São Paulo, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, INSPER Institute of Education and Research, and École Nationale d’Administration Publique in Québec. She has a Master’s in Economics from the Escola de Administracao de Empresas de São Paulo of the Fundacao Getúlio Vargas.

ImageImageJohn C. Cruden

Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)
Before becoming AAG, Mr. Cruden served as President, the Environmental Law Institute, a nationally-recognized bipartisan organization well-known for its work in educating, publishing, and researching environment, energy, and natural resource issues. Mr. Cruden has a long history of public service at the Department of Justice and in the military. From 1991-1995 he was the Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, ENRD and then from 1995 to 2011 a career Deputy Assistant Attorney General for ENRD. Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Cruden was the Chief Legislative Counsel of the Army. 

ImageMaria Da Cunha

Lead Safeguards (Social Development) Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
She and has worked as a senior member of IDB’s legal and technical teams on various facets of development projects and policies. She has been part of project teams in many complex operations, with responsibility for evaluating ESIA information and designing mitigation plans for compliance with IDB safeguard policies, and for participating in project supervision, particularly with respect to indigenous peoples, resettlement and other social and environmental issues She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.S.F.S from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, as well as an M.B.A with a concentration in Environmental Management from Florida Atlantic University.

ImageMariana Dahan

Coordinator, Identification for Development (ID4D) Working Group, World Bank
Since 2009, Mariana Dahan works with governments from low- and middle-income countries, as part of the global Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) practice of the World Bank, based in Washington, DC. Currently, Mariana Dahan is the Coordinator of the Identification for Development (ID4D) Working Group: a bold initiative that aims at formulating a coherent cross-sectoral approach to civil registration and identification systems in client countries, in close coordination with other development agencies. As part of her previous work at the World Bank, Mariana has also managed the Identity Management (IDM) Experts Group, building strategic partnerships with governments, private sector companies, research labs and civil society organizations across the world. She holds a PhD from the European Business School/MIT Sloan School of Management.

ImageOmar Dajani

Professor, International Conflict Resolution, McGeorge School of Law
Mr. Dajani focuses on international conflict resolution and minority rights in the Middle East. Previously, he served on the political team of the UN Special Envoy for the Middle East Peace Process (2001-2003) and as a legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team in peace talks with Israel (1999-2001), participating in the Camp David and Taba talks. He was also a litigation associate at Sidley & Austin and a law clerk for Judge Dorothy Nelson on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Northwestern University.

ImagePhilip Daltrop

Consultant, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank
Philip Daltrop was Head of Procurement and then Head of Integrity at Asian Development Bank. He is an English lawyer and worked for many years in the legal departments of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and (mostly) Asian Development Bank, as well as for a global law firm and the UK Foreign Office. He now lives in Indonesia, semi-retired but doing some consulting work.


Yamouna David

Development Manager, International Happiness Observatory (OIB)
She served as Director of the Permanent Training Center of Advocates in France. She contributed to the creation of the OIB to support the establishment and implementation of a new, world-based ethical paradigm through the lenses of the law. She studied law at the King’s College London and Sorbonne University and practiced as a member of the Paris Bar Association for over 20 years.


Mary C. DeBartolo

Associate, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Mary DeBartolo's research at O'Neill has focused on global health law and is the coordinator of The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law.  Mary holds a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Master of Public Health in health management and policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

ImageGráinne de Búrca

Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor, NYU Law School
Ms. de Búrca is also Director of the Hauser Global Law School, and Director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice. Previously, she was professor at Harvard Law School, Fordham Law School, and at the European University Institute in Florence. Before that, she was Fellow of Somerville College and lecturer in law at Oxford University from 1990-1998. She has written widely on questions of EU constitutional law and governance, human rights and discrimination, and EU international relations and transnational governance. She is co-editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, co-editor of the Oxford University Press series Oxford Studies in European Law, and co-author with Paul Craig of the OUP textbook: EU Law.

ImageBruno Deffains 

Professor of Law and Economics, University Paris 2 Panthéon Assas
Bruno Deffains is a Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, director of the Paris Center for Law and Economics and director of the Master program in Ecocomic Analysis of Law. He is also associate professor at the University of Liverpool and visiting professor at the Yale Law School (2013) and Columbia Law School (2014). Previously, Bruno Deffains has taught at Siena, Montreal, Berlin, Lausane, Rabat, Amsterdam and Wiesbaden. He was the President of the European Association for Law and Economics (2011-2014) and he was for a time member of the French Bar Association.

ImageVictoria Rigby Delmon

Senior Infrastructure Lawyer, World Bank
Ms. Delmon is based in Tanzania, and advises on legal and regulatory reform of the water and transport sectors and on PPPs. She brings over 20 years of legal experience working on infrastructure projects and regulation, including water, solid waste, and transport projects. She is the senior task team leader for the World Bank’s PPP in Infrastructure Resource Center. Prior to joining the World Bank she worked for the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and as international counsel for the utility company Veolia Environnement. She is co-editor of “International Project Finance and PPPs” (third edition 2013), published by Kluwer/ Aspen Publishing.

ImageBenjamin de Maillard

Judge at the Conseil d’État
Mr. de Maillard is besides a judge also a consultant on cyber issues for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy. Subsequently, he is a coordinator of the Community of Practices on Small-Scale Private-public partnerships, World Bank, Gobal Forum on Law, Justice and Development. He hold a MA from Sciences Po and a degree from Ecole Nationale d’Administration.

ImagePeter Dent

Partner, Deloitte Forensic and the Global Crisis Management Leader
Mr. Dent has over 20 years of experience practicing in the areas of investigating and providing expert testimony regarding allegations of fraud and corruption with a focus in the global arena, in addition to providing anti-fraud and anti-corruption strategies in the public and private sectors. Between 2000 and 2004 Peter was the Team Leader of the Forensic Services Unit within the Department of Institutional Integrity of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC leading international fraud and corruption procurement investigations into World Bank financed projects. In addition, Peter has experience working with the United Nations (UNDP and UNPS) evaluating and strengthening their anti-corruption strategies in their procurement processes. Currently Peter is the Chair and President of Transparency International – Canada, and a former Director of the Alliance for Excellence in Investigative and Forensic Accounting. In addition, Peter is a faculty member of the Director’s Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, where he lectures on a Director’s responsibility with respect to fraud prevention.

ImageShantayanan Devarajan

Chief Economist, MENA Vice Presidency, World Bank
Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has served as a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, Chief Economist of the South Asia Region, and Chief Economist of the Africa Region. Mr. Devarajan was the director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jean-Louis Dewost

French and European High-Ranking Civil Servant
Jean-Louis Dewost spent most of his career within the Conseil d’Etat, the supreme French administrative Court, where he hold the position of president of the social section. He had also been Chief legal within the Council for European Union. He hold equivalent position, as Director General of the Legal Service within European Commission. Moreover, he has been teaching for several years, European law in the School of political sciences in Paris ( «  Sciences Po »). He still holds various advisory positions in  several legal bodies. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the National School of Administration (ENA).

ImageKlaus Decker

Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank 
Mr. Klaus Decker is a Senior Public Sector Specialist working at the World Bank in Washington since 2002. As a member of the Governance Global Practice, he supports public sector and justice sector reform initiatives primarily in countries in Europe and Central Asia. He is currently the task team leader of a USD 110 million Judicial Reform Project in Romania. He is also task managing the preparation of a Judicial Development Project in the Kyrgyz Republic. In addition to lending operations, Mr. Decker carries out analytical work on justice sector issues. He delivered a Judicial Diagnostic Study in the Kyrgyz Republic and two comparative studies to inform justice reform initiatives in Turkey. Mr. Decker has also led a team carrying out a Judicial Functional Review in Romania.

ImageAdama Dieng

United Nations Secretary General Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
Adama Dieng has served as Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda since 2001. He began his career as Registrar of the Regional and Labour Courts in Senegal, and served as Registrar of the Supreme Court of Senegal for six years. From 1982 to 2001, Mr. Dieng worked for the International Commission of Jurists, for the last ten years as the organisation’s Secretary-General. During this period he was appointed as Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Malawi in 1993, and as the United Nations Independent Expert for Haiti from 1995 to 2000.  

ImageImageCharles E. Di Leva

Chief Legal Advisor on Environment, World Bank
Charles E. Di Leva, chief legal advisor on environment, World Bank. He has advised on complex Bank operations in all geographic regions, particularly concerning environmental and social compliance and due diligence. He has been a key author and advisor concerning the Bank’s role and global environmental issues, including on the Global Environment Facility, Climate Investment Funds, and the Bank managed carbon funds. He has also represented the Bank in international treaty negotiations, particularly in areas of Climate and Biodiversity. Mr. Di Leva is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law teaching Trade and Sustainable Development. 

ImageDjordje Djordjevic

Rule of Law, Justice and Security Advisor with the Bureau for Policy and Programe Support, UNDP
Since 2008, Djordje has been leading UNDP HQ policy initiatives on transitional justice and complementarity, worked in various capacities on enhancing UN coherence and coordination in the area of rule of law, and represented UNDP on integration of human rights, justice and security into the Sustanable Development Goals. At the national level, he worked on integrated UN and UNDP policy and programme development in a number of conflict-affected countries. Djordje holds a doctoral degree on political, legal and civic approaches to prevention of mass atrocities from the New School for Social Research in New York.

ImageKhetsiwe Dlamini

Chief of Staff from the World Bank Group - International Finance Corporation, UN Women
Mrs. Dlamini recently joined UN Women as Chief of Staff from the World Bank Group - International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington D.C, where she has been working as a Principal Operations Officer and Fragile and Conflict Affected-Situations (FCS) Advisor. She was also a Senior Advisor for the IFC Gender Secretariat. Prior to this, Khetsiwe was the Principal Operations Officer of the World Bank’s South Sudan Country Office. Born and bred in Swaziland, Khetsiwe received her first degree from the University of Natal, her MBA degree in Gender and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wales in Cardiff and her Doctorate in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.


Thomas Driscoll

Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union 
Tom Driscoll represents the interests of family farmers on energy, climate and environmental issues. Before joining NFU, Driscoll managed the agriculture news clips service AgToGo, wrote articles for the Agri-Pulse weekly newsletter, and helped nonprofits find and apply to U.S. Department of Agriculture grant programs. He has also worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Congressman Tim Ryan, and boutique government relations firm Strategies 360. He graduated from Saint Peter’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law.

ImageJoan Elise Dubinsky

Former Director, UN Ethics Office/Chief Ethics Officer for the United Nations
Ms. Dubinsky served as the Director, UN Ethics Office/Chief Ethics Officer for the United Nation between 2010 and 2015. Reporting to the Secretary-General, Ms. Dubinsky guided the UN in maintaining an ethical organizational culture amidst the diversity of the UN. Ms. Dubinsky currently directs the Rosentreter Group, a boutique management consulting practice that provides expertise in business ethics, organizational development and corporate compliance. Ms. Dubinsky is affiliated with the Heller School of Public Policy at Brandeis University, the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society at the University of Illinois. A Phi Beta Kappa, Ms. Dubinsky received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree in Religious Philosophy from the Residential College, University of Michigan.

ImagePascale Hélène Dubois

Chief Suspension & Debarment Officer, The World Bank Group, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Ms. Dubois is the World Bank’s Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer. In this position, Ms. Dubois determines whether to suspend and debar firms and individuals accused of fraud and corruption in World Bank-financed projects. Ms. Dubois has been involved with the Bank’s anti-corruption efforts for more than a decade. Prior to her appointment as Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer, Ms. Dubois managed the Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) in the Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) and also worked as an operational lawyer advising the Bank’s Africa region for seven years. Before the World Bank, she was in private practice for ten years in the USA and Belgium. She was appointed as Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee in 2014 after serving as Regional Representative for North America. Ms. Dubois received her Lic. Jur., cum laude, from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and her LL.M. from New York University.

ImageNadia Effendi

Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Ms. Effendi is a member of BLG’s Commercial Litigation and Appeal and Review Groups. Her practice focuses on civil and public law litigation, with an emphasis on representing clients in administrative law and commercial litigation matters. Nadia is the chair of BLG’s Supreme Court of Canada Agency Group and represents clients as their agent before the Supreme Court of Canada. She regularly appears before all levels of court on a wide variety of civil and public litigation matters, including the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, Superior Court of Ontario, Ontario Divisional Court and Ontario Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada. Nadia has also appeared before numerous administrative tribunals, including before the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Following her studies, Nadia served as a law clerk for The Honourable Mr. Justice Bastarache at the Supreme Court of Canada before joining BLG.

ImageImageChady El-Khoury

Senior Counsel, International Monetary Fund
Chady El-Khoury specializes in anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), and governance and integrity issues. Prior to joining the IMF in 2007, Chady worked as an analyst and legal expert at the Lebanese financial intelligence unit (SIC). Chady holds Masters in Law and in Finance from Lebanon (Saint Joseph University) and France (ESCP- EAP).

ImageRoger El Khoury

Executive Director, Arab Center for the Development of the Rule of law and Integrity
Roger El Khoury is an expert in the fields of rule of law and judicial reform. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Law and a Masters degree in Legal Informatics, and has over ten years professional work experience in rule of law advocacy projects. He has worked for the UNDP on numerous occasions as a Project Analyst, Coordinator, Project Manager, and as a Researcher for Rule of Law and Integrity and Judicial Reform and human rights projects. Roger has designed and managed advocacy campaigns, organized several conferences and focus groups, and has published many papers on the subjects of rule of law, judicial reform and other related topics. Roger is currently assuming the role of Executive Director at the Arab Center for the Rule of Law and Integrity (ACRLI), a regional NGO headquartered in Beirut. Roger is also the Senior Justice Sector Advisor for the Arab region at HiiL, specialized in the fields of the Rule of Law, Judicial Reform, Good Governance, and Legal Informatics. Roger places his focus on anchoring the Rule of Law and the Fundamentals of Justice in Culture and in Practice in the MENA region, as prerequisites for Democratic, Social and Economic development and reform.


ImageImageTim Evans

Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practicem, World Bank
Dr. Evans has been active in the international health arena for more than 20 years.  Dr. Evans has been a leader in advancing global health equity and health systems performance throughout his career. Dr. Evans earned his DPhil in agricultural economics at Oxford, and pursued medical and postgraduate studies at McMaster and Harvard Universities.

ImageVladimir Fagbohoun

Principal Legal Counsel, Public Sector Operations, African Development Bank
Before joining the AfDB, he was Manager of the Contracts and Litigation Division at AES SONEL, a Cameroonian subsidiary of the American power company AES Corporation. Mr. Fagbohoun is a national of Benin and holds, inter alia, a Post Master’s Degree (DEA) in Environmental Law (joint degree from University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas), and another Post Master’s Degree (DESS) in Tax and Business Law from University of Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand (France).

ImageFrank Fariello

Lead Counsel, Operations Policy Practice Group, World Bank
Mr. Fariello is the World Bank’s primary legal focal point for its Governance and Anti-Corruption (GAC) strategy and legal advisor to the Bank's new Governance Global Practice. Mr. Fariello has played a major role in the Bank's sanctions system, having coordinated its 2009-2010 reforms and recently concluded a comprehensive review of the system. He is currently heading a study on the Drivers of Corruption in IFI Operations, together with representatives from other IFIs, OECD, academia and civil society. Mr. Fariello has been Vice Chair of the ABA International Anti-Corruption Committee since 2012. His publications include The World Bank Sanctions System and Its Recent Reforms (World Bank 2012), “Coordinating the Fight Against Fraud and Corruption” (WB Legal Review, Vol. 3; UK Serious Fraud Office (2011)) and “Transforming Through Transparency: Opening Up the World Bank’s Sanctions System” (WB Legal Review, Vol. 4 (2013)) . He has lectured at the Joint Vienna Institute, George Mason University and New York University School of Law. Mr. Fariello holds a B.A. in History magna cum laude from Brown University (1980) and a J.D. from New York University Law School (1983).

ImageFernando Fayzano

CEO, Pontual Money Transfer
Mr. Fayzano personally manages the Company operations and steers its finances in order to maximize profits while still complying with the best business practices. He heads the Company in its expansion within the United States while facilitating a network of business relationships with international Banks and associates. He recently launched his online platform where he plans to capture the online money transfer market to Brazil. He has built a reputation for being a leader in helping US authorities understand Brazilian regulations. A native Brazilian, he is an entrepreneur with many investments and businesses. His ambitions have driven him as a leader, businessman, and a contributor to his community.

ImageLee Feinstein

Founding Dean, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
Lee Feinstein has served presidents, presidential candidates, and secretaries of state and defense in a distinguished 20-year career that has taken him from Washington, D.C., to Warsaw, where he was U.S. ambassador to Poland from 2009 until 2012, when the Polish government honored him with its Commander’s Cross with Star. The ambassador has written numerous articles and books including his most recent book with Tod Lindberg, “Means to an End: U.S. Interest and the International Criminal Court” (Brookings Institution Press 2009, 2011).

ImageElizabeth Ferris

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Foreign Policy Studies
Dr. Elizabeth Ferris is a nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She also co-directs the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement. Dr. Ferris serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and as commissioner of the Women’s Refugee Commission. Dr. Ferris’s research focuses on the international community’s response to humanitarian crises, with a particular emphasis on the human rights of internally displaced persons. Her most recent book is “The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action” (Brookings Institution Press, 2011).

Peter Fitzgerald

Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Peter has been representing multilateral agencies, commercial bank lenders and project developers on international project financings for over 30 years. He has particular experience of energy and other infrastructure projects in the emerging markets of Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and specializes in the negotiation of project financings involving multilateral and/or bilateral agency support.

ImageClement Fondufe

Partner, Latham & Watkins, Paris
Mr. Fondufe, a partner in the Paris and New York offices and the Global chair of the Africa Practice Group, practices in the area of international and domestic corporate, commercial and financial transactions with a focus in the oil, gas, petrochemicals, mining and infrastructure industries. Clement advises public, private and state-owned corporate clients (including sovereign wealth funds) in the development and financing of large projects.

ImageElizabeth Lin Forder

Secretary to the World Bank Group Sanctions Board
Ms. Forder heads an independent Secretariat charged with providing all legal and administrative support necessary to ensure the effective functioning of the Sanctions Board in taking final decisions in contested sanctions cases. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms. Forder was Senior Counsel in the World Bank’s Legal Department where she provided legal advice on a wide range of matters including corporate governance, ethics, internal investigations, and institutional policy. She played a key role in the World Bank’s early sanctions reforms culminating in the first Sanctions Board statute, procedures, and sanctioning guidelines, and extension of the sanctions regime across the World Bank Group. Before joining the World Bank, Ms. Forder worked for the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP and clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her law degree from Yale Law School and undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Yale University. 

ImageMichele Forzley

Senior Legal Advisor and Public Health Professional
Through the application of governance and rule of law principles and the reform, implementation and enforcement of laws, Ms. Forzlet builds institutional and staff capacity to regulate the health and pharmaceutical sectors to achieve national goals and meet obligations. Current projects include the USAID Health Policy Project in Afghanistan where she is Legal and Governance Advisor on private health sector regulation and in Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and Uganda. Michele holds a JD from the New England School of Law, a BA from Simmons College and a MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also a graduate of The Hague Academy of International Law. She is a Senior Scholar at the O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health at Georgetown Law Center. Previously she was Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global Health Law at Widener School of Law Health Law Institute.

ImageJames E. Foster

Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University
Mr. Foster’s research focuses on welfare economics — using economic tools to evaluate and enhance the wellbeing of people. His joint 1984 Econometrica paper (with Joel Greer and Erik Thorbecke) is one of the most cited papers on poverty. Mr. Foster is also Research Fellow at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Department of International Development, Oxford University, and a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity (HCEO) Working Group, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (Mexico).

Roberta Freitas

Attorney at Law
Ms. Freitas has expertise in Civil and Commercial Contract Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a Lawyer, she represents the interests of NGO focused on Environmental Law and Urban Sustainable Development. She has studied Law at Universidade FMU, São Paulo, Brazil, where she obtained a degree of Specialist in Civil Law.

ImageImageHenry Gabriel

Professor of Law, Elon University
Adjunct Professor of Law, Murdoch University and Victoria University in Australia
Henry Gabriel is a member of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT, and chaired the UNIDROIT Working Group on Contract Farming. He served on the drafting committees of the American Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and the recently completed 2010 UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Law. He is the author of ten books and over 60 articles, and has been involved in international and domestic law revision for nearly three decades. is a member of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT, and chaired the UNIDROIT Working Group on Contract Farming. He served on the drafting committees of the American Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and the recently completed 2010 UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Law. 

ImageKalidou Gadio

General Counsel, African Development Bank
Prior to this position, Kalidou Gadio served within the Bank as a Division Manager of the Operations Affairs Division in the Legal Department and as Country Director for North Africa Region I. Prior to joining the Bank, Kalidou Gadio worked with Coudert Brothers in New York as an Associate Attorney and with Jeantet et Association, an international law firm in Paris. He holds an LL.M from Harvard Law School (class of 1987), an Advanced Degree in international law from University of Paris II and a License en Droite from the University of Mohamed V in Morocco. Mr. Kalidou Gadio is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars and a former member of the Paris Bar.

ImageDadehys Noellie Prisca Gah

Quality Control Reviewer, AMLA Project
Ms.Gah was a Legal Research Team (LRT) member of the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Project in 2014. Presently, she serves as Quality Control Reviewer for the AMLA Project, revising the work of the LRT. Noellie is an Ivorian Trade and Investment lawyer, who holds an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Pretoria South Africa, a Master in Business Law option OHADA from the University of Bouaké Côte d’Ivoire and is also an LLM Candidate in the ILSP Program of the Washington College of Law American University.

ImageDenis J. Galligan

Professor of Socio-Legal-Studies, Oxford University
The aim of his research is to understand the nature of constitutions, their historical evolution, their functions in social and political life, and to make comparisons across national border. Mr. Galligan is next to teaching at Oxford University also Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College, Consultant and Adviser to a range of international organizations, including: OECD, OSCE, World Bank, Government of Pakistan and the Government of Republic of Macedonia. Subsequently, he is Founder and Director of the Foundation for Law Justice and Society. The Foundation for Law Justice and Society is an independent institute affiliated with Oxford University. It was created in 2005 to provide a forum for the discussion of issues of law and society and to make available to a wider audience of professionals, officials, lawyers, and business the results of research concerning the role of law in society. Mr. Galligan is the author of numerous articles, essays, reviews, and commissioned reports.


Mei Gechlik

Founder and Director, China Guiding Cases Project, Stanford Law  School
Dr. Mei Gechlik is founder and director of Stanford Law School’s China Guiding Cases Project (“CGCP”).  The CGCP has become the premier source of translations and commentary on China’s de facto binding “Guiding Cases” (“GCs”), harnessing the strength of an international team of approximately 150 law students, lawyers, and translation professionals, as well as an advisory board of more than 40 distinguished experts, including justices from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme People’s Court. She received her JSD from Stanford Law School and her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

ImageTania Ghossein

Program Coordinator of the Benchmarking Public Procurement Project
Tania is the program coordinator of the Benchmarking Public Procurement Project, a new World Bank Group initiative providing comparable data on regulatory environments that affect the ability of private companies to do business with governments in 77 economies. She joined the World Bank Group in 2008, where she worked with the FDI Regulations Project before moving in 2013 to lead the Complaints topic of Benchmarking Public Procurement. Before joining the World Bank Group, Tania worked as a corporate lawyer in Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University Law School and a law degree from the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon. She speaks Arabic and French.

Marc Ginsberg

Principal, Gulf Technology Partners and Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco
Ambassador Ginsberg served as the Deputy Senior Adviser for Middle East Policy to President Carter and as President Clinton's Ambassador to Morocco. He began his foreign policy career as a foreign affairs advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Most recently, he was CEO of PeaceWorks Foundation/OneVoice Movement. He has also served as senior vice president at consulting firm APCO Worldwide and founding president of Layalina Productions, Inc: the first U.S. philanthropic producer of commercial Arabic language television for broadcasting in the Arab world. Ambassador Ginsberg is a highly regarded authority on the Middle East, and has appeared on CBS, Fox News, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and many other outlets. He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, and writes for The Huffington Post regularly. Prior to his public service, Ambassador Ginsberg practiced international commercial and corporate law in the Middle East, in particular Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He holds a B.A. cum laude from American University, and a M.B.A. (candidate) and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

ImageTom Ginsburg

Deputy Dean and Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, University of Chicago
He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an NSF-funded data set cataloging the world’s constitutions since 1789. His books include The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009) (with Zachary Elkins and James Melton), which won the best book award from Comparative Democratization Section of American Political Science Association; Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), Administrative Law and Governance in Asia (2008), Rule By Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes (with Tamir Moustafa, 2008), and Comparative Constitutional Law (with Rosalind Dixon, 2011). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal advisor at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and he has consulted with numerous international development agencies and governments on legal and constitutional reform. He currently serves a senior advisor on Constitution Building to International IDEA. He holds B.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

ImagePeter Girke

Desk Officer Department Africa/Middle East, Coordinator Rule of Law Programme, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)
Throughout his career, he focused on themes such as the rule of law, democratization, political education and conflict transformation. From 2007 to 2011 he directed the Uganda / South Sudan office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German political foundation engaged in international activities aimed at strengthening democracy and the rule of law, supporting economic development and promoting respect for human rights. Since 2011 he coordinates the worldwide rule of law programmes of KAS Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Berlin (HQ), Germany. He studied law with international orientation in Germany, France and the UK.


Matthew Glasser

Adjunct Professor of Law, American University’s Washington College of Law
Matt  has over thirty-five years of experience in urban law and municipal finance at the World Bank, the National Treasury of South-Africa, USAID and multiple lawfirms. Mr. Glasser holds a Juris Doctor from Cornell University Law School, and an MBA and BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

ImageSuzanne B. Goldberg

Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Ms. Goldberg is a nationally renowned expert in sexuality and gender law. At Columbia University she also founded and directs the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law. She is also Columbia University’s Executive Vice President for University Life. Prior to joining Columbia, Ms. Goldberg was on the faculty of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and, during the 1990s, was a staff attorney with Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal advocacy group focused on the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV. Her work for decades has focused significantly on family recognition, including the recent marriage cases in the U.S. Supreme Court; employment discrimination; youth and education; and asylum based on sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV. She is the author of many academic articles and oped pieces and co-author of Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial about the legal challenge to an antigay amendment that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

ImageJack A. Goldstone

Professor, Public Polic, yGeorge Mason University

He is also a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. Mr. Goldstone has won major prizes from the American Sociological Association, the International Studies Association and the Historical Society for his research on revolutions and social change. Mr. Goldstone’s current research focuses on the impact of population change on the global economy and international security, and the cultural origins of modern economic growth. Goldstone has authored or edited ten books and published over one hundred articles in books and scholarly journals. 

ImageImageLawrence Gostin

Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Lawrence Gostin served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law from 2004 to 2008. He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public's Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

ImageCarol Graham

Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and College Park Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy 
Ms. Graham is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). She served as vice president and director of Governance Studies at Brookings and as a special advisor to the deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund. She is the author of numerous publications on collective happiness and well-being, including The Pursuit of Happiness: Toward an Economy of Well-Being (Brookings, 2011) and Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford University Press, 2009. She was awarded a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship for 1997-98, during which time she served as Special Adviser to the Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Graham has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

ImageGabriela Grinsteins

Counsel, World Bank
Ms. Grinsteins has providing legal advice, including advise on the application of the World Bank environmental and social safeguard policies, for the preparation and implementation of development projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia. Previously, Gabriela worked as an in house counsel for Procter & Gamble in Caracas. She also co-founded the Community Ambassador's Foundation in Venezuela, a nonprofit aiming to empower students for low-income communities through leadership and skills training. She holds an LL.M from Harvard Law School.

Rick Grove

Chief Executive Officer, Rutter Associates LLC
Rick Grove has spent over 25 years working in the financial markets, as both an investment banker and a lawyer.  Mr. Grove currently co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Financial Engineering for Economic Development and was recently named to the panel of experts of P.R.I.M.E. Finance. Mr. Grove received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard International Law Journal, and his A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University.

ImageTerence C. Halliday

Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University
Mr. Halliday co-directs the Center on Law and Globalization, American Bar Foundation and University of Illinois College of Law. He is Research Professor, American Bar Foundation, a Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University,a Adjunct Professor, Regulation Institutions Network, School of Asia and the Pacific, of Australian National University. His book Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis (2009), won multiple prizes for its examination of the role of international organizations in reforms to legal and market institutions in China, Indonesia and Korea following the Asian Financial Crisis. Most recently he won the Podgorecki Prize for distinguished scholarship in interdisciplinary research on law.

ImageRobin Hammond

Photojournalist and Creator of Where Love is Illegal
Mr. Hammond is the recipient of the W.Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism. He has dedicated his career to documenting human rights and development issues around the world through long-term photographic projects. Robin won the FotoEvidence Book Award for Documenting Social Injustice which resulted in the publication of his long term project on mental health in Africa, Condemned. He has also won the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award allowed him to continue his long-term photo project on life in Zimbabwe under the rule of Robert Mugabe. The work culminated in an exhibition in Paris and the publication of his first book ‘Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence’. Robin has made a wide variety of other photographic bodies from the impact of climate change on Pacific Island communities to rape used as a weapon of war in Congo and Bosnia, to the poisoning of ecosystems by multi-nationals in developing countries, to the rise of Africa’s middle class.

ImageWassim Harb

Senior Rule of Law Advisor, Founder and General Supervisor, Arab Center for the Development of the Rule of Law and Integrity
Professor Wassim Harb is an attorney at law since 1970 and hold a PhD in law from Aix-Marseille University in France. He served as a professor of law at several Lebanese Universities. Professor Harb was the legal counselor of several Lebanese Ministers (1982-1990). Professor Harb has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of reform and development of the justice sector in the MENA Region. He served as a Senior Rule of Law advisor with several international and Regional Institutions mainly the World Bank (1995-1998), UNDP-POGAR (2000-2010), ESCWA, EU, etc. Most recently, as Senior Rule of Law Expert, he participated in the preparation of the Iraqi National Strategic Plan for the Rule of Law (UNDP-Iraq 2012-2014); Provided Technical Support to Strengthen the Role of Inspectors Generals (IGs) within their Ministries in Iraq (UNDP-Iraq 2014).

ImageSamaa Haridi

Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP, New York, United States
Ms. Haridi has significant experience representing corporations and financial institutions from various parts of the world, and has represented parties in proceedings under the arbitration rules of all the major arbitral institutions. Ms. Haridi also frequently sits as an arbitrator in international disputes. Ms. Haridi has been ranked by clients and peers in Chambers USA and Chambers Global for International Arbitration. She has also been recognized as a "great up-and-coming lawyer" by Legal 500 and as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation. Born in Switzerland, Ms. Haridi grew up in Belgium, Egypt, Morocco, and France. She holds a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Private International Law and International Business Transactions from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne); and an LL.M. in Comparative Law from the University Of San Diego School of Law, where she was a Sorbonne Scholar.

ImageGeorgia Harley

Justice Reform Specialist, Governance Global Practice, World Bank
Georgia Harley is a Justice Reform Specialist in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank, working predominantly in Europe and Central Asia. She task manages justice projects in Serbia and Croatia, and works with teams across the Western Balkans and in East Africa. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Harley was Executive Legal Adviser to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Laws from the Australian National University and a Master in Economic Development from Duke University.

ImageTazeen Hasan

Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank
Tazeen Hasan joined the World Bank Group's Women, Business and the Law program in 2014 as a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist. She was the legal specialist for the “World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development” and “Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa.” She is co-author of several World Bank publications, including "Empowering Women: Legal Rights and Economic Opportunities in Africa" and "Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity." Previously, she was a barrister in the UK specializing in civil and commercial law, and subsequently worked in Kenya as a legal adviser to NGOs. She obtained a Master’s in International Law from the London School of Economics and a BA in Law from Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

Mandana Hendessi

Women for Women International Regional Director, Middle East and European Operations
Ms. Hendessi is an international development professional with over 25 years of experience in management, consulting, designing and developing programs for civil society organizations, governments, International NGOs, and the UN, covering a diversity of socio-economic and human rights issues. Nearly all of her international experience has been in conflict-affected contexts, interfacing with political and civil society leaders, donors and international institutions for developing strategies on the involvement of women in governance and peace-building and on the elimination of violence against women and children. Prior to joining Women for Women International in February 2015, Hendessi most recently directed the Afghanistan Program at Global Rights, where she engaged young Afghans to support and promote democratic values, the rule of law, and the rights of women.

ImageDean Hewlett

Product Director, De La Rue
Mr. Hewlett joined De La Rue in 2015, heading up the Authentication and Traceability business. He and his team, are currently working with Governments and Enterprises on a wide variety Anti-Counterfeiting solutions across the globe. Previous to that Mr. Hewlett began his professional career in Telecommunications, working for Nokia, and Motorola in various product roles, from marketing to product strategy. A period as a management consultant followed, working with leading brands to help define and deliver mobile strategies and services. He holds an PhD in Engineering.

ImageRebecca Hollander-Blumoff

Professor of Law, Washington University, St. Louis

Her work focuses on law and psychology in the context of dispute resolution. Ms. Hollander-Blumoff is the current Chair of the Faculty Senate Council at Washington University and the past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Procedure. Before becoming a law professor, she clerked for the Hon. Kimba M. Wood, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and practiced law at Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP, a litigation firm in New York City specializing in white collar criminal defense. In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, Professor Hollander-Blumoff holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from New York University, where she formerly served as an acting assistant professor in the Lawyering Program, as well as a research fellow at the Institute of Judicial Administration.

ImageDaniel Hougendobler

Associate, O’Neill Institute
He holds a Juris Doctor and Masters in Public Health from Emory University, where he served as Articles Editor for the Emory Law Journal, as well as a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University. His research interests include health law and policy, trade and health, and the impact of the global governance system on access to medicines. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Daniel researched PEPFAR implementation in Rwanda, aided in an NGO's implementation of a clean water program in Haiti, and assisted the Medicines Patent Pool in its attempt to lower intellectual property barriers to HIV treatments.

ImageZubair Iqbal

Scholar, Middle East Institute
Prior to joining the Middle East Institute (“MEI”) as adjunct scholar in 2008, Dr. Zubair Iqbal worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for thirty five years, retiring in 2007 as Assistant Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department. While at the MEI, Iqbal has coordinated discussions of the Working Group on Pakistan’s economy and has been writing notes and articles on regional developments, including Pakistan’s economic challenges, factors underlying the democratic movement in the Arab world, and outlook for the future. In addition, he has been commenting on the regional developments on the Voice of America, BBC, and Bloomberg, as well as in national and international newspapers.

ImageStephen Jackson

Chief, Policy Planning and Guidance, United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA), United Nations
Stephen Jackson (Ireland) is Chief of Policy Planning and Guidance in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA). He has previously held positions in the United Nations as: Head of the Secretariat to the 2015 Review of UN Peacebuilding; Team Leader of DPA’s Mediation Support Unit; Chief of Staff of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB); Team Leader of DPA’s Policy Planning Unit and the Great Lakes Team; Special Adviser to former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes; and Senior Political Adviser with the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC). He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and a Master in International Public Affairs from Princeton University.

ImageImageBarend Jansen

Assistant General Counsel, International Monetary Fund
Barend Jansen heads the Financial and Fiscal Law Unit of the Legal Department. Prior to the IMF he worked for 18 years at the central bank of the Netherlands where he was involved in the preparation of the third stage of the EMU. At the Fund Mr. Jansen’s expertise spans across financial sector law reform and policy issues in the area of central banking, banking, bank restructuring and resolution, and non-tax fiscal matters. 

ImageRizwan H. Kanji

Partner, King & Spalding
Mr. H. Kanji leads a highly experienced debt capital markets team with a proven track record in advising and documenting both Islamic and conventional debt capital market products covering both Regulation S and Rule 144A offerings. The well regarded team has been involved in a number of high profile transactions. The team has advised and represented major players in the market including sovereign states, quasi-sovereign entities, high profile corporates and large financial institutions in their roles as lead managers capital markets transactions, turning his hand to both conventional and Shari'ah-compliant structures". Chambers Global 2014 states "Rizwan Kanji leads the debt capital markets practice. He is praised for his technical skills in Shari'a-compliant debt".


Susan Karamanian

Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law, George Washington University Law
Among her activities at GW Law, she has helped lead an initiative to educate Bhutanese judges. Susan joined GW Law in 2000 after a 14-year career at a law firm in Texas. She has served in leadership capacities in the American Society of International Law, is past President of the Washington Foreign Law Society, and is a member of the boards of the Center for American and International Law and the Texas Appleseed Foundation.

ImageAbdoul Karim Kabele Camara

AMLA Project Coordinator, African Legal Support Facility
Mr. Karim is a lawyer with a specialization in Energy, Mining, Petroleum and African Business Community Law. In January 2014, he was selected to be part of the Legal Research Team of the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Project. More recently, Abdoul Karim has joined the African Legal Support Facility at the African Development Bank as AMLA Project Coordinator and Counsel. He holds an LLM in Private Law from the University of Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal); an LLM in African Business Community Law from the University of Bouake (Ivory Coast); and a dual LLM in Mineral Law and Policy in Petroleum Taxation and Finance from University of Dundee (United Kingdom). At Dundee, he is also a PhD candidate. He is a part time lecturer at the African Institute for Mineral, Petroleum and Energy Resources (AIMPER) based in Uganda. He is also a visiting lecturer at The Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. Abdoul Karim is the Co-founder and president of the Guinea Mining Club.

ImageCatherine Kessedjian

Professor of Law, University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France
Catherine KESSEDJIAN is the Deputy Director of the European College of Paris. She teaches European Business Law and International Dispute Resolution at the University Panthéon-Assas Paris II, where she is the Director of a Master program in European Law. She teaches seminars on Private International Law, International and Comparative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. She acts as mediator or arbitrator in a selected number of transnational disputes either ad hoc or under the auspices of, among others, ICSID, ICC, LCIA and AAA. Before joining Paris II, she was Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (1996-2000), on secondment from the Université de Bourgogne in France, and was a practising attorney in Paris from 1982 to the end of 1998, focusing on transnational litigation and international business transactions. She received her legal education from the University of Paris (Doctorate) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LLM). She is Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (France), Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite (France) et Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques (France).

ImageMoushira Khattab

Former Minister of Family and Population of Egypt as well as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vice Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Ms. Khattab previously has served as Ambassador of Egypt to South Africa during the Nelson Mandela era and Ambassador of Egypt to the Czech Republic and Slovakia during their formation. Ms. Khattab is a strong activist for human rights, especially women and children. She coordinated national efforts to combat gender based violence--including female genital mutilation--and child marriage. Because of the remarkable results of her amazing leadership, Ms. Khattab has been awarded The Order of Good Hope from the President of South Africa, The Knight of the Grand Cross, and Decoration of “Commendatore” of the Order of Merit by the President of the Italian Republic. Ms. Khattab holds a doctorate in International Relations and Human Rights Law from Cairo University, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cairo University.

ImageDany Khayat

Partner, Mayer Brown, Paris, France
Dany Khayat is the head of Mayer Brown’s International Arbitration practice in Paris. He has been involved in arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, GAFTA, RSA, DIAC, CRCICA, AFA and UNCITRAL rules as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings. Mr. Khayat is currently lecturing on investor/State disputes at the University of Poitiers as well as at the University of Paris II (Paris-Sud). He is the co-author of the 700-page “Recueil des Commentaires des Decisions du CIRDI (2002-2007)” (Bruylant 2009) in which all ICSID awards, decisions and orders published between 2002 and 2007 are commented upon.

ImageJonathan Klaaren

Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
He teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of human rights, law, and sociology, having written over forty peer-reviewed publications and co-written several books. His current research interests are in the legal profession, regulation and human rights, transparency, and sociolegal studies in Africa. He has served on a number of editorial committees and boards including those of the South African Journal on Human Rights, Law & Society Review, and Law & Policy. He served as Dean of the Wits Law School from 2010 to 2013 and as Director of the School’s Mandela Institute from 2005 to 2007. Beyond his permanent appointment in the Law School, he holds an additional appointment as a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and works with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER). He holds a Phd in sociology from Yale University and law degrees from Columbia (JD) and Wits (LLB).

ImageSeth D. Kaplan

Professorial Lecturer, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
Mr. Kaplan is a Professorial Lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Senior Adviser for the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), and consultant to organizations working on governance, state building, and poverty reduction. Mr. Kaplan is the author of two books: Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development (Praeger Security International, 2008), and Betrayed: Politics, Power, and Prosperity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

ImageBenedict Kingsbury

Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law and Director, Institute for International Law and Justice (, New York University School of Law
Mr. Kingsbury is joint Editor in Chief of the American Journal of International Law, a premier journal in the field. With NYU Law colleague Professor Richard B. Stewart he founded and co-directs the IILJ’s pathbreaking Global Administrative Law project. He jointly leads the IILJ research project on Indicators and Global Governance by Information, with Professors Kevin Davis and Sally Engle Merry. He is currently working on effects of megaregional trade agreements on third parties; governance of illicit activities; capturing positive externalities from IFI operational policies; and relations between (rule of) law and order beyond the state. Kingsbury completed his LL.B. with first class honors at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, where he completed an M.Phil in International Relations and a D.Phil in Law. He held a permanent teaching position in the Law Faculty at Oxford before moving to the US. He has taught at Harvard Law School, the University of Paris I, the University of Tokyo, and several other institutions. He is a visiting professor at the University of Utah.

ImageRené Klaff

Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty
The Foundation is a German non-profit institution engaged in civic education, political consultancy and international political dialogue. The Foundation engages in supporting and realizing classical liberal values and policy approaches both in Germany and in about 70 countries worldwide. He currently based in Cairo. Previously he was posted in Islamabad, Singapore, Jerusalem, New Delhi and Sofia. From 1999 to 2001 he held the position of Secretary General of the German United Nations Association. He is a Political Scientist, holding a PhD and an MA-Degree from the University of Kiel.

ImageAnne-Lise Klausen

Senior Operations Officer, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group (FCV), World Bank
Anne-Lise Klausen is leading the FCV’s partnership work. The FCV Group leads the World Bank’s strategic approach to partnerships in fragile and conflict affected situations. Anne-Lise is the focal point for cooperation with the g7+ group of fragile and conflict affected countries, the International Dialogue on Peace and Statebuilding and co-chairs the OECD/INCAAF Task Team on Implementation and Reform. She leads engagement on the WBs support to the New Deal, handles partnership engagement with bilateral donors on peace and statebuilding issues and new global donors. She is an economic historian and political scientist from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark with specialization in institutional assessments and governance reforms in developing contexts. Prior to working in the World Bank, she was the Managing Director and Partner in a consulting company. She has performed senior advisory roles in the design of multi stakeholder governance programmes in Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and provided support to the Gross National Happiness commission in Bhutan; she is an experienced drafter of strategies and policies.

ImageAmanda Kosonen

Senior Counsel, International Monetary Fund
Amanda Kosonen is Senior Counsel in the International Monetary Fund’s Legal Department, where she advises IMF staff, management, the Executive Board, and membership on legal aspects of IMF governance and decision-making, financing, surveillance, and technical assistance. Prior to joining the IMF, Ms. Kosonen was in private practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Ms. Kosonen has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Simon Fraser University.

ImageRoberto Laguado

Public Procurement International Expert
Roberto has more than 15 years in policy reform and modernization of procurement national systems. Joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 2009 as Procurement Specialist for Bolivia and since 2013 is part of the IADB’s Head Procurement Office in Washington DC. He leads several MAPS assessments in the region and supports the implementation of use of procurement system in IADB member countries. Roberto is Secretary of the Project Procurement Committee at the IADB as well as General Manager of SEPA system. Holds a JD from Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, completed graduate studies in trade and administrative law, as well as an LLM in International Economic Law from Warwick University Law School in England. From year 2001 to 2009 served as Secretary of the National Procurement Commission in Colombia, the institution that led the public procurement reform in that country.

Richard A. Lalonde

Senior Financial Sector Expert, IMF
Mr. Lalonde is a senior financial sector expert and coordinator for the IMF’s anti-money laundering and combating the financing of the terrorist (AML/CFT) assessment program within the Legal Department. He has been a member of the IMF delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and represents the IMF in the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) AML Experts Group. He joined the IMF in 2003 by way of the Canadian Department of Finance where he was responsible for domestic and international AML/CFT issues and was head of the Canadian delegation to the FATF. From 2002–2003, he chaired a FATF working group that led to the adoption of the revised FATF standard in 2003. More recently, Mr. Lalonde participated in the FATF assessment of Norway and led the IMF assessment of Italy, the report of which was recently adopted by the FATF in October 2015. Mr. Lalonde has over 15 years of experience in financial sector policy making and some 15 years in the AML/CFT area.

ImageAxel Leblois

President and Executive Director, G3ict
Axel Leblois spent over 20 years at the helm of information technology companies in the United States including as CEO of Computerworld Communications, CEO of IDC - International Data Corporation, Vice-Chairman of IDG - International Data Group, President of Bull HN Worldwide Information Systems - formerly Honeywell Information Systems, CEO of ExecuTrain and President of W2i, the Wireless Internet Institute. Axel Leblois served as a Senior Special Fellow of UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and is a founding trustee of its North American affiliate CIFAL Atlanta. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of USICD, U.S. International Council on Disabilities, and GAATES, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments. Mr. Leblois holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris.

ImagePaul-Jean Le Cannu

Legal Counsel, ICSID
Mr. Le Cannu joined ICSID in November 2010. Prior to joining ICSID, Mr. Le Cannu worked as an attorney with the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in Paris and as a legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Mr. Le Cannu holds degrees from King’s College London (LL.B.), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Maîtrise and DEA) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Diplôme - Government Studies). He is admitted to the Paris Bar (currently omitted).

ImageEnzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini

Director of Research and Cooperation, Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities Prevention
Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and Director for Research and Cooperation of the Budapest Centre, which is the operative body of the Foundation. The Budapest Centre is the most renowned European based institution dealing with mass atrocities prevention and the Responsibility to Protect. In 2015, he was appointed member of the Study Group of the Italian Ministry of Interior on the Asylum System in Italy and, since 2014, he has been an external advisor on migration issues at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Jennifer M. Lester

Assistant General Counsel, IMF
Ms. Lester heads the Administrative Law Unit of the IMF Legal Department, where she carries out a broad portfolio of responsibilities which includes advising on matters relating to the IMF’s privileges and immunities. Before joining the IMF in 1997, Ms. Lester was a legal officer in the Legal Department of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. Prior to that, she was in private practice for 6 years with the Washington, D.C. office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, where she practiced corporate law, international trade law and litigation. In addition, Ms. Lester has over 12 years experience as a career diplomat with the Jamaican Foreign Service. She was the Minister Counselor for Economic and Trade Affairs in the Jamaican Embassy in Washington from 1985 to 1991. Ms. Lester received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and holds a M.Sc. in International Relations, and a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of the West Indies.

ImageMichael Levi

Professor of Criminology, Cardiff University
He has been conducting international research on the control of white-collar and organised crime, corruption and money laundering/ financing of terrorism since 1972, and has published widely on these subjects as well as editing major journals. Current and recent posts include President, US National White-Collar Crime Research Consortium; Member, European Commission Group of Experts on Corruption; Member, Illicit Trade and Organized Crime Council, World Economic Forum; Member, Committee on the Illicit Tobacco Market, US National Academy of Sciences; Member, EC Asset Recovery Office Working Group; and independent member, UK Statistics Authority Crime Statistics Advisory Committee. He has degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff Universities.

Natalie Lichtenstein

Chief Counsel, Multilateral Interim Secretariat for the Establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Ms. Lichtenstein in 1980 joined the World Bank’s legal department in 1980, advising on lending operations in China and other countries for most of the next 20 years. She served as Chief Counsel, East Asia in the 1990s, and then in senior positions from 2000-2010, specializing in the Bank’s institutional governance issues and reforms. Retired in 2010, she continues to teach Law & Society in China as a Professorial Lecturer in China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Ms. Lichtenstein received her A.B. degree (East Asian Studies) from Harvard University in 1975 and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978.

ImageTod Lindberg

Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, based in Hoover’s Washington, DC
Tod Lindberg's areas of research are political theory, international relations, national security policy, and US politics. In 2007–8, Lindberg served as head of the expert group on international norms and institutions of the Genocide Prevention Task Force, a joint project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. In 2005, Lindberg was the coordinator for the group Preventing and Responding to Genocide and Major Human Rights Abuses for the United States Institute of Peace's Task Force on the United Nations. An archive of his writing is available at

ImageImageJon Lindsay

Lead Counsel for Land and Natural Resources, World Bank
Jon Lindsay's work focuses on the legal dimensions of World Bank activities related to property rights, land tenure and management, as well as Bank social safeguard policies, especially resettlement and indigenous peoples.  He has written extensively on land and forestry law issues and international trends in compulsory acquisition law and practice. Before joining the World Bank in 2006, Jon was a legal officer in FAO’s Development Law Service for 12 years, where he helped lead numerous technical assistance projects on land and forestry law around the world.  He is a graduate of Yale College and UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law.

ImageImageYan Liu

Assistant General Counsel, International Monetary Fund
Yan Liu is the head of the Financial Integrity Group of the Legal Department. She also supervises the work of the Legal Department on the development and implementation of polices on sovereign debt restructurings and operations. Finally, she leads a team of lawyers providing advice on private sector debt resolution with a focus on corporate, household and SME insolvency reform and enforcement of contractual rights. She has published extensively on insolvency reforms and non-performing loan resolution in EU countries in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis. Prior to joining the IMF in 1999, Ms. Liu was a corporate and securities lawyer. A native of China, Ms. Liu received legal education in both China and the United States.


Lili Liu

Lead Economist, Governance, World Bank
Lili Liu is the Global Leader on Decentralization and Intergovernmental Relations in the Governance Global Practice Group of the World Bank. She has led policy research on multilevel government finance in the context of macroeconomic adjustment, infrastructure financing, and capital market development. She has a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

ImageJanet Lord

Senior Vice President, Human Rights and Inclusive Development, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
An international human rights lawyer, Janet Lord specializes in international disability law and policy and inclusive development for marginalized groups. Lord joined the senior management team at BBI in August 2013 as Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Inclusive Development. She currently oversees programming in the area of human rights and inclusive development and provides technical assistance in inclusive development assessments and evaluations; disability law, policy and advocacy; human rights capacity building for governments and NGOs; and the rights of marginalized populations. She is currently on the adjunct teaching faculty at the American University Washington College of Law and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She served as an attorney for the World Bank Group and as Legal Counsel and Director of Advocacy for an international landmine survivor assistance organization. Lord holds an LL.B. and LL.M. in law from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), an LL.M. in international and comparative law from George Washington University Law School, and a B.A. in History from Kenyon College.

ImageWilliam T. Loris

Director and Senior Lecturer, LLM Program on Rule of Law for Development, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Mr. Loris joined Loyola in 2010. He co-founded the International Development Law Institute, a Dutch foundation, which was later transformed into an inter-governmental organization, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), by an international convention. At various times, Mr. Loris served as IDLO's General Counsel, as its Director of Programs and finally, by appointment of the IDLO Member States, for 10 years as its Director General. His previous experience included ten years’ service as a Legal Advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), first in West Africa and then in Cairo. Mr. Loris is the co-facilitator of the GFLJD thematic working group on Justice and Rule of Law Reform and a member of the GFLJD steering committee.

ImageJelena Madir

Senior Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Ms. Madir focuses on a variety of international financing transactions and compliance matters. She is also an advisor to EBRD’s Enforcement Committee and has worked on the latest revisions of EBRD’s Enforcement Policy and Procedures. Jelena is also a Teaching Fellow at University College London (UCL) and a Lecturer at City University in London. Prior to joining EBRD, Jelena worked as a finance and capital markets lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington, DC; Shearman & Sterling LLP in Frankfurt, Germany; and Privredna Banka and DLA Piper LLP in Zagreb, Croatia. Jelena is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA Government and Asian Studies) and Columbia University School of Law (JD).

ImageHamudi Majamba

Professor, University of Dar-es-Salaam School of Law
Mr. Majamba is an Associate Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Dar-es-Salaam School of Law in Tanzania. He holds an LL.B from the University of Dar-es-Salaam; an LL.M from Queen's University, Canada and a Ph.D. from Northeastern University, USA. He is also an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania, Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths. Professor Majamba is a member of the Panel of Experts on Gas and Oil (an Advisory organ to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania). He specializes in Environmental and Natural Resources Management Laws and has published numerous articles on the subject in scholarly journals.

ImagePauline Malaplate

Public Notary, Supreme Council of Notaries of the French Republic
Ms. Malaplate is an international land tenure expert in the Titling Commission of the High Council for the French Notarial Profession. She has followed the 4th European Conference on the Land African Studies in Uppsala (Sweden) in June 2011 and the first African Conference of the ministries of agriculture in Lilongwe (Malawi) in October 2010 for the launching of the implementation phase of the au- eca- afdb land policy initiative. She has been speaking at the World Bank conferences "Land & Poverty" in spring and "Legal Week" in the fall as an international expert on legal and land Tenure Security issues for several years.

ImageRichard Malengule

Country Director, Central African Republic, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
Richard is a human rights lawyer and international development professional. He joined the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in 2012 as the Director of a Women’s Justice and Empowerment Program in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he worked to strengthen local capacity to combat sexual and gender-based violence in the region. Mr. Malengule also worked on a judicial case management database operating in eastern DRC to measure performance of both prosecutorial and judicial magistrates. In DRC, Mr. Malengule oversaw the operation of legal aid clinics, support for mobile investigation teams, and trainings of justice sector officials - work that he now implements in the Central African Republic. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Mr. Malengule served as the Project Director of HEAL Africa’s USHINDI program assisting SGBV survivors in North Kivu. Mr. Malengule has also conducted extensive research on socio-cultural barriers to access to justice for SGBV survivors and attitudes and practices related to gender and HIV/AIDS in eastern Congo. Mr. Malengule is fluent in English and French and holds a post-graduate degrees in International Public Law and in Community Care.

ImageImageCecilia Marian

Senior Counsel, International Monetary Fund
Cecilia Marian is a Senior Counsel in the Financial Integrity Group (FIG) of the Legal Department. Before this position, Ms. Marian was the Regional AML/CFT Adviser for the Asia/Pacific for FIG, based in Singapore. Ms Marian holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from University of Malaya.

ImageŽarko Marković

National Legal Officer, Rule of Law and Human Rights Department , OSCE Mission to Serbia
Žarko Marković is National Legal Officer in the Rule of Law and Human Rights Department of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, where he works on the implementation of their Human Rights and Criminal Justice Programme. Prior to joining the OSCE, from 2006 to 2014, he worked at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, where he conducted research in the fields of human rights law and criminal law, including international criminal law, and represented victims of human rights violations before the Constitutional Court of Serbia and the European Court of Human Rights. Zarko has been a consultant to the World Bank and worked closely with Team Leader Georgia Harley on the Serbia Judicial Functional Review, including on the development process maps that measured the difference between the law on the book and the law in practice in Serbia.

ImageImageEmmanuel Mathias

Senior Financial Sector Expert, International Monetary Fund
Emmanuel Mathias holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Paris – Pantheon Sorbonne, and was admitted to the French national school of administration (ENA). Prior to joining the IMF in 2005, he served as a researcher in economics, was trained as a Customs special agent, and worked for the French financial intelligence unit. At the Fund, he coordinates the work on financial integrity issues in the context of surveillance and Fund-supported programs.

ImageNikilas Mawanda

Founder and Former Executive-Director, Trans Support Initiative, Uganda
The Trans Support Initiative is the first transgender and gender non-conforming people’s organization in the region. He has served the Ugandan LGBT community for more than 10 years. During his career, he has played key roles in organizing, mobilizing and advocacy through organizations like Freedom and Roam Uganda, Transgender, Intersex and Transsexuals Uganda, The Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, The Uganda LGBTIQ National Security Team and he is also one of the pioneers of the Trans -Africa Movement. Nikilas is Secretary Board of Directors Sexual Minorities — Uganda (SMUG), and Executive Committee member of the Coalition of African Lesbians and Gender Diverse Persons in Africa. He is the 2015 Global Courage Award recipient as an International Human Rights Advocate from the Center Global Refugee and Asylum Network.

ImageNina Mazar

Associate Professor of Marketing, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management
She is also co-founder and partner at BEworks, and one of “The 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 In The World” (Poets&Quants 2014). Her research focuses on behavioral science and its policy application. She is particularly interested in how human behavior is influenced by seemingly irrelevant cues in the environment, and how to re-design the environment to nudge individuals to make better decisions (anywhere from financial decisions to consumption decisions to moral decisions).

ImageImageAlberto Mazzoni

President, UNIDROIT
Alberto Mazzoni has held numerous positions as a Professor at the University of Pisa,, Genoa, Lecce and Sassari, and the Catholic University of Milan. Professionally, he is the founder and the senior partner of the law firm Mazzoni e Associati. His areas of practice and teaching include corporations, commercial contracts, banking, arbitration, antitrust, insolvency, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, transactions in intellectual property rights and other transnational transactions. He is the author of several law books and articles and co-director of the law review “Rivista di Diritto del Commercio Internazionale” as well as of the law book series called “Diritto Commerciale Italiano e Internazionale”. 

ImageImageCharlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo

Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group
Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo focuses on working with and supporting operational teams across the institution to ensure that Bank policies, programs and projects take people with disabilities into consideration. Prior to the World Bank she was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2011 she led USAID’s work on disability inclusive development, from developing policies and country strategies to technical assistance for program implementation. Charlotte holds Law Degrees in international law and administration from the University of Warsaw, Poland and Cornell Law School. 

ImageImageThomas F. McInerney

Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
Thomas F. McInerney is the founder of the Treaty Effectiveness Initiative, which provides research, publications, training, and policy advice to improve the performance of multilateral treaties and related international organizations. He counsels multilateral organizations, treaty secretariats, international NGOs, and governments on treaty management, international law, and development and is Of Counsel to the law firm EXP Legal in Rome. He is a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University and was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University. Most recently, he published the book Strategic Treaty Management: Practice and Implications.


James McManis

Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL); Co-Chair of the IATL China Program
James McManis has been a member of the trial bar for over 40 years.  He represents Silicon Valley companies with commercial, trade secret and intellectual property issues, as well as individuals in a wide variety of matters, including civil rights actions, employment disputes, family law, and criminal defense.  Jim co-chairs the Academy’s China Program, which has assisted China in developing its legal system for the past 20 years.

ImageGalina J. Mikhlin-Oliver

Director, Strategy and Core Services, Integrity Vice Presidency, The World Bank
In her current capacity as Director, Strategy and Core Services in the Integrity Vice Presidency, Ms. Mikhlin-Oliver oversees INT’s preventive services as well as the forensic accounting, internal investigation and compliance units.
Prior to joining INT, Ms. Mikhlin-Oliver has held several positions in the World Bank’s Legal and Operation and Core Services Vice Presidencies. Ms. Mikhlin-Oliver holds common and civil law degrees from McGill University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Human Genetics also from McGill.


John T. Monahan

Senior Advisor for Global Health to Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia
John Monahan has served as the Special Advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State as well as Counselor to the Secretary and Director of Global Health Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services Monahan served as the founding Executive Director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law School Monahan served on the Obama-Biden and Clinton-Gore transition teams, and he has worked on numerous campaigns.

ImageImageMark Moseley 

Lead Lawyer, World Bank
Mr. Moseley is the Lead Lawyer in the World Bank PPP Group, currently on secondment to the Global Infrastructure Hub, based in Sydney. His work is primarily focused on the contractual arrangements for public-private partnership transactions and the legal and regulatory arrangements for such transactions. Mark is also the Task Team Leader for the Recommended PPP Contractual Provisions Initiative.

ImageSamar Muhareb

Co-Founder and Director, Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development-Legal Aid
Ms. Muhareb is the co-founder and Director of ARDD-Legal Aid, UNHCR’s main partner in the provision of legal aid in Jordan. She works in the field of Human Rights with the vision of increasing access to justice for all in Jordan and the wider MENA region. ARRD-Legal Aid is a rights-based social justice organization promoting development across the MENA region, with the aim of empowering refugees and migrants. Ms. Muhareb’s expertise in development within the Jordanian context is amplified by her experience in democracy, governance, human rights, legal assistance, research and policy. Currently, Ms. Muhareb is teaching a Refugees and Migration course at the University of Jordan. Ms. Muhareb holds a Law Degree and a Master’s in Human Rights and Development.

ImageGeorge Mukundi Wachira

Head of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Secretariat, Department of Political Affairs, African Union (AU) Commission
Prior to joining the AU Commission in 2012, he was the advocacy director, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa where he led civil society and policy makers’ engagement with the African Union towards the development of an African transitional justice policy framework. A Kenyan national, he has a law degree from the University of Nairobi, Master and Doctor of International Law Degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and a Master in Public Administration Degree from the Harvard, Kennedy School of Government.

ImageMarco Musumeci

Programme Coordinator, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
Mr. Musumeci has played an active role in building the Institute’s Programme on counterfeiting, providing substantive advice on the overall strategic development of its projects and on the creation of new alliances since 2007. He actually manages a portfolio of several projects focused on counterfeiting and organized crime, with activities ranging from research and public/private cooperation to the design of training and awareness materials. He holds a Masters' degree in criminology and international criminal policy and he is co-author of the first UNICRI publication on counterfeiting and organized crime as well as of several other publications on similar topics produced by the Institute.

ImageJoseph Myers

Vice President, Compliance, the Western Union Company
Mr. Myers is responsible for global compliance risk assessments. Prior to joining Western Union in 2014, he was assistant general counsel and head of the financial integrity group in the legal department of the International Monetary Fund. Prior to joining the IMF in 2005, he worked on financial crime, corruption and terrorism issues as a director at the National Security Council at the White House, as a senior advisor to the undersecretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as assistant director and deputy chief counsel of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and in private law practice. Mr. Myers is a graduate of Yale College and Vanderbilt University Law School.

ImageImageYuliya Neyman

Land Governance and Legal Advisor, USAID
Yulina Neyman leads the USAIDs private sector engagement and responsible investment work. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Neyman was as a corporate lawyer and she has worked with the UN Global Compact to create the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She has written for the Huffington PostMiami HeraldSouth Florida Business JournalNew York Daily NewsNewsdayWashington Times and USA Today. Ms. Neyman has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School.

ImageHelene N’Garnim-Ganga

Resident Representative, African Development Bank
With more than twenty years of experience, Helene N’Garnim-Ganga has been practicing as a lawyer in Abidjan, Paris and New York. She then proceeded to manage the legal operational affair divisions in both Agence Francaise de Developpement and African Development Bank. She holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and another from Sorbonne. She also holds a DEA in law from Assas University. Since 2012, she is the Resident Representative of the African Development Bank in Mali.

ImageImageCaroline Nicholas

Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (the UNCITRAL Secretariat)
Caroline Nicholas serves as Secretary to UNCITRAL Working Group, including that on Procurement and Infrastructure Development, which drafted the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement (issued in 2011). She provides legal and policy advice and works in partnership with other international bodies, such as the World Bank, other MDBs, the WTO, OSCE and OECD. She provides regular technical assistance to national governments in all regions.

ImageMansur Noibi

Director, Legal Department of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) 
Mr. Noibi is also in charge of the in-house legal function of the Islamic Research and Training Institute as well as the International Trade Finance Corporation, the trade arm of the IDB Group. Mansur has worked on a number of initiatives and designed a number of innovative Islamic finance solutions offered by IDB in addressing the development needs of member countries. Mansur is a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He holds Bachelor of Laws degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, Master of Laws in international business law and banking & finance law, both from the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, and a PhD in law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


Mohamed Afzal Norat

Senior Financial Sector Expert and Senior Economist, IMF
Mohamed Afzal Norat represents the IMF on the Core Principles and Islamic Finance Regulation working group of the Islamic Financial Services Board. He has worked on various analytical areas including the Vulnerability and Early Warning Exercise for the IMFC and in financial topic areas of: bank and nonbank analysis, derivatives, high-frequency, Islamic finance and de-risking. He was a former Assistant Professor of Economics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Leeds University, Fast Stream Statistician at the Office for National Statistics, Visiting Fellow at the US Census Bureau and Quant, Dealer and Advisor at the Bank of England.

ImageMichel Nussbaumer

Director, Legal Transition, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Mr. Nussbaumer is deals with policy dialogue and technical assistance in the commercial law sector. Previously, Michel worked for almost three years as counsel in one of the banking operations teams, where he was responsible for legal aspects of various investments of the Bank, with a particular focus on SME financing. Michel has practiced as a commercial lawyer in Geneva, Moscow and London. A Swiss national, he received his first law degree from the University of Fribourg, followed by a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of California at Berkeley. He also was a visiting scholar at Moscow State University.

ImageNeoma Nwogu

Senior Counsel and Task Team Leader for AMLA Project, World Bank
Ms. Nwogu is a senior legal counsel for the World Bank Group, where she represents the development institution in its financings in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was an Associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP), working on international business transactions. She has worked with the South African Human Rights Commission and the United States Justice Department, Civil Division. Beyond her legal practice, she leads the African Mining Legislation Atlas Project, a legislation gathering, organization, dissemination and capacity building initiative whose goal is to support African countries in maximizing mineral resource benefits. Nneoma is an adjunct Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law and part-time faculty of Loyola University of Chicago as an LLM thesis advisor. She has served as Vice President of Programming on the Board of the Washington Foreign Law Society and guest lectured at Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins School of International Studies.

ImageAnthony Okara

Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission
Mr. Okara is a lawyer, diplomat and international civil servant. He has been engaged in national and multilateral level public sector reforms for almost 2 decades in Kenya, East Africa and on the African continent at large. He is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Bureau of the Deputy Chairperson at the African Union Commission. Anthony has promoted extensive capacity building and institutional reforms at the African Union leading to new Staff Regulations and Rules, Financial Regulations and Rules, results based management, programming and budgeting, waste reduction and a radical improvement of the ICT infrastructure. Mr. Okara holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and is currently writing his thesis to complete a Master of Arts degree in International Studies at the University of Nairobi.

ImageImageTobi Oluwatola

Assistant Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
Tobi Oluwatola began his career at KPMG Management Consulting where he advised clients in diverse areas, from Nigeria's ministries of finance and energy to multinational technology companies and banks. Oluwatola took a leave of absence to become the national coordinator of the volunteers supporting the 2011 presidential campaign of the Action Congress of Nigeria (Nigeria's largest opposition party). Combining skills developed at KPMG with his networks from the campaign, he then co-founded a consulting firm that employed more than 150 people and worked with the British Department for International Development (DFID). He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

ImageShada Omar

Journalist, Talk Show Host, Consultant
Ms. Omar is a Lebanese journalist with more than twenty years of experience in TV Journalism and Social Media. She has hosted prominent political current affairs TV shows on leading TV stations in the Arab World such as LBC, Abu Dhabi TV and Télé Liban, where she interviewed Arab and international leaders, decision makers and prominent experts. She currently co-owns her own consultancy company, "New Media Lead." The company produces communications for UN and international organizations, builds media strategies and visions, and produces and supervises news reports and reporters in the field. New Media Lead also produces long and short documentaries. In addition to her experience as a Media Professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Ms. Omar has also moderated and taken part in major international conferences such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Sharm El Sheikh, the Dubai Press Club, the Abu Dhabi Broadcast Forum and the Euro-Gulf Partnership in Venice.

ImageAhmed Ouerfelli

Former Judge, Attorney, Ouerfelli Attorneys & Counsels
Ahmed Ouerfelli is a Tunisian attorney who founded and practices with Ouerfelli Attorneys & Counsels. He served as judge in the Court of First Instance of Ariana from 1995-1997, then in the Premier President’s Section of the Tunis Court of Appeals. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Ouerfelli served as researcher judge, then Chair of a working group in charge of business law at the Center of Legal and Judicial Studies. From 2011 to 2015, he served as the legal advisor to three Presidents of the Republic of Tunisia. Mr. Ouerfelli has taught civil law, fiscal law, arbitration law, anticorruption law, international trade law, criminal tax law and company law. Mr. Ouerfelli is the author of ten books on fiscal law, international and domestic arbitration law, and commercial companies law.

ImageMohamed Paracha

Partner and Head of Norton Rose Fulbright's Islamic Finance Practice in the Middle East and Africa
Mr. Paracha began his career in London where he became an advisor to the Bank of England on Islamic Finance. As a member of the Bank's Committee on Islamic Finance, Mohammed played a pivotal role in helping to make London a hub for Islamic Finance. The IFLR describe Mohammed as "a talented lawyer", PLC have commented that he is known internationally for his Islamic finance experience and Mohammed has also appeared in The Lawyers Hot 100 List and the team has recently been awarded the IFN Best Law Firm Award 2015 in the Islamic Banking category for the second year running. Mohammed currently acts on transactions for the Islamic Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation in various emerging markets. He is a member of Norton Rose Fulbright's Partnership Committee and a director on the Global Supervisory Board of the firm.

Camilo Pardo

Former Principal Advisor for the Columbian Land Restitution Unit’s General Director
He has extensively worked on humanitarian and land issues in Colombia and other Latin American countries both for the Government and for international organizations. He participated in the design of the National Policy for Land Restitution in Colombia and served as a Principal Advisor for the Land Restitution Unit’s General Director. He holds an MSc in Democracy and Democratization from the University College London (UCL) and other postgraduate studies in Human Rights and Constitutional Law. He is currently based in Washington D.C. where he pursues a PhD in Public Policy.

ImageDavid Patterson

Senior Legal Expert, Health, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
Mr. Patterson has 20 years' experience in international health and development, having worked in Montreal, Geneva, Rome and New York with the UN system, the governmental sector, and the NGO sector. He has advised the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), amongst many others. In 1993, Mr. Patterson co-founded the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Now with IDLO, his current areas of research and thought leadership include the application of the lessons from the HIV epidemic to the global response to non-communicable diseases, and strengthened legal capacity to stop falsified medicines.

ImageFaustina Pereira

Director for Strategy and Innovation, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
From 2007 to 2015, Ms. Pereira served as the director of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Services program at BRAC. She is a lawyer, a human rights activist and an author. She obtained her doctorate in International Human Rights Law in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame, USA, and completed her post-doctorate in 2002 at the National University of Ireland, Galway, as a Bank of Ireland Fellow. Prior to joining BRAC, Dr. Pereira served as Director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

ImageRobert M. Perito

Executive Director of the Perito Group LLC
Robert M. Perito is the Executive Director of the Perito Group LLC—which advises governments on security sector reform—and a Senior As¬sociate at the Security Governance Group. Formerly, he was the Director of the Center of Innovation for Security Sector Gover¬nance at the United States Institute of Peace. He also served as Director of the United States Justice Department’s international police assistance program. Mr. Perito was a Senior United States Foreign Service Officer and Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Security Council Staff earlier in his career. He was also an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Mr. Perito has been a Visiting Lec¬turer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; a Diplomat in Residence at the American University; and an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University.

ImageJean Pesme

Practice Manager, Finance & Markets Global Practice, World Bank Group

This practice is an integral part of the World Bank Group’s on-going global and country based efforts on governance and financial sector development. This work involves a range of activities to promote integrity, as well as combat corruption, money-laundering, financing of terrorism, and more generally illicit financial flows. Jean is also the coordinator of the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), a partnership of the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which works to prevent the laundering of the proceeds of corruption and facilitates the more systematic and timely return of stolen assets. Jean oversees the delivery of advisory services (country diagnostics, technical and case assistance), preparation and dissemination of policy development reports and knowledge, and actively participates in global initiatives and standard-setting (UN, G20, FATF…). Prior to joining the World Bank, Jean already worked on Anti Money Laundering (AML) and anti-corruption issues. Jean is a French Citizen and resides in Washington DC.

ImageSuzanne Petroni

Senior Director, Gender, Population and Development
Dr. Suzanne Petroni leads ICRW’s work to improve development programs and policies by expanding the evidence base regarding the relationships between gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, adolescence and demographic and socioeconomic outcomes. She has nearly 25 years of experience in foreign policy and global development. Prior to joining ICRW in 2012, Suzanne served as Vice President for Global Health at the Public Health Institute, Senior Program Officer for Adolescent Reproductive Health and Youth Leadership at the Summit Foundation, and in a variety of roles in the U.S. government, including Program Officer in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the State Department.

ImageKate Phillips-Barrasso

Acting Vice President and Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee
Ms. Phillips-Barrassohelps guide the IRC’s work to draw attention to global humanitarian needs and advocate for policy change that will assist people forced to flee war and disaster. She also oversees the organization’s relations with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Executive Branch and other NGOs on a number of humanitarian crises and themes. Prior to joining the IRC, Kate worked for several years as a Senior Policy Advisor with CARE, leading the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts on humanitarian and development issues. Kate is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member and a Truman National Security Project Fellow. She holds a Master's in International Development Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a BS from UC Berkeley in Conservation of Natural Resources in Developing Countries.

ImageJustice Renee M. Pomerance

Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Ms. Pomerance is currently the Local Administrative Judge of the Windsor court. Prior to her appointment, she practiced criminal law as a prosecutor in Toronto. Justice Pomerance has been actively involved in planning and presenting at judicial education programs for the last 14 years. In addition to her role in judicial education, Justice Pomerance teaches at programs for the bar, and is a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor law school. She was awarded the Milvain Chair in Advocacy (University of Calgary) in 2005. She has written numerous articles and publications dealing with constitutional and criminal law issues.

ImagePaul Prettitore

Senior Public Sector Specialist, Governance Global Practice , World Bank
Mr. Prettitore’s work includes justice sector reform, strategy development, accountability institutions, anti-corruption and land administration. Much of this work has focused on issues linking public sector services with poverty and gender equality. He has worked in the Middle East and North Africa (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, Iraq) and Colombia, and published studies on access to justice, legal aid, social inclusion and legal inequality. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Prettitore was Property Law Coordinator, coordinating the land restitution process, and advisor on human rights and refugee issues with the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia.

ImageAminur Rahman

Senior Economist, World Bank
Mr. Rahman recently joined T&C MENA from the Investment Climate Global Team. His areas of interest include jobs, informality, gender, SMEs, entrepreneurship and firm dynamics, national and sub-national competitiveness, and governance. His skills include Fragile and Conflict Affected States and Research Analysis. Aminur has 14 years of operational experience in a range of countries in South Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Middle East and North Africa Regions. He has also published in prominent economics and business journals and in edited volumes from the MIT Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge and the United Nations University Press. Aminur holds a PhD in Economics from University College London and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University.

ImageJoel Reyes

Senior Education Specialist
Joel Reyes is a senior education specialist, with more than 20 years of experience in the World Bank education sector (in Latin America, South Asia, and Africa and in the Middle East). His professional interests reflect the complexity of change in social ecologies, across human, community and organizational development. His academic background has cut across these different human and social levels with graduate level work (MAs) in international development, organizations and change management, and (clinical) counseling. After a successful career as a development practitioner, his doctorate studies in resilience in education systems seek to integrate both research and practice regarding the processes for performance and growth in challenging contexts. He has developed the World Bank’s education resilience program, which focuses on the assets (strengths and opportunities) of individuals, communities and organizations to recover from adversity, and his team has designed a set of research tools to conduct rapid assessments with mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative). His area of expertise is in school-based management and community participation, not only as an effective and efficient education management strategy, but as the foundation of education sector contributions to social transformations in contexts of adversity.

ImageAndrés Rigo Sureda

Member of the Sanctions Boards of the IDB (Chair), AFDB, The Global Fund
Mr. Rigo Sureda is an international arbitrator and mediator, a judge of the IMF Administrative Tribunal, the president of the Sanctions Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank, an alternate external member of the Sanctions Appeals Board of the African Development Bank and a member of the Sanctions Panel of The Global Fund. He is a former Assistant General Counsel and Deputy-General Counsel of the World Bank and member of the World Bank’s first Sanctions Committee. He has written on issues of international law and international organizations, lectured at the Hague Academy of International Law and delivered the lectures in honor of Sir Hersch Lauterpacht at Cambridge University. He holds a law degree from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (1966), a diploma in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna Centre) of the Johns Hopkins University (1968), and a PhD in international law from the University of Cambridge (1971).

ImageMervat Rishmawi

Human Rights Consultant, former Legal Advisor and Deputy Director to the MENA Region of Amnesty International
Ms. Rishmawi worked with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International for approximately 12 years, mostly as the Legal Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. She was also Deputy Director for the MENA Program. During her work with Amnesty International, Mervat Rishmawi developed most of the organization’s work in relation to the League of Arab States. Ms. Rishmawi is currently a human rights consultant. She is an expert on developments related to the League of Arab States. She obtained her LLM degree from the University of Essex.


Sarah Roache

Law Fellow with the O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University
Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Sarah worked as a complex class action litigator, representing victims of tobacco related diseases and thalidomide survivors. She also has experience as a social and legal policy adviser to government and NGOs, including formulating best practice domestic implementation of the FCTC. She holds a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University. Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

ImageBorzu Sabahi

Counsel, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP
Mr. Sabahi focuses his practice on representing governments and state-owned entities in complex international arbitration and public international law disputes. He is recognized as a leading practitioner by Who’s Who of International Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2015. Dr. Sabahi is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is Co-Director of the International Law Institute’s Investment Law Center, Co-Editor in Chief of Brill Research Perspectives on International Investment Law and Co-Editor of the Juris Publishing series Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law.

ImageImageDeepti Samant Raja

Consultant on Disability and Development, World Bank
Raja works as a Consultant on Disability and Development at the World Bank, supporting the implementation of its disability-inclusive development agenda. She is a Fellow for Technology and International Programs at the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and a lead researcher on the Center on Effective Rehabilitation Technology service delivery, identifying assistive technology service delivery models for successful employment outcomes. She worked as a Senior Research Analyst with G3ict developing recommendations for UN agencies, governments, and industry to maximize inclusion through technology-enabled services and programs.

Milena Sanchez de Boado

Senior Advisor, American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) 
Before joining the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), Mrs. Sanchez de Boado was a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, one of only four Fellows selected annually in a nation-wide competition. Prior to that she worked at the World Bank on public sector and rule of law reform for nearly ten years. This included working on lending and non-lending projects in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa. While at the Bank, she worked with ministries of justice, judicial councils, judicial training institutes, bar associations and academia. Milena has a JD and a Master in Public Administration from Syracuse University’s College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, respectively.

ImageImageGerard Sanders

General Counsel, IFAD
Gerard Sanders, joined IFAD as General Counsel in October 2014. Prior to joining IFAD, Gerard held various positions at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development working in its principal office in London, most recently as Deputy General Counsel. Earlier in his career, Gerard worked as a lawyer. Gerard graduated B.Com., LL.B. from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has graduate law degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law School. 

ImageNick Segal

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London 
He is also a judge of the Grand Court in the Cayman Islands (assigned to the Financial Service Division). He specializes in a wide variety of work in commercial and banking law, restructuring, insolvency (including bank resolution) and litigation (with much of his work, including his litigation practice, having an international dimension). He has written and lectured extensively. He is one of the consulting editors of Totty, Moss and Segal on Insolvency (Sweet & Maxwell) and Debt Restructuring (OUP, 2011) and a contributor to a number of leading textbooks. He is a fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies and of INSOL and a trustee of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute. Nick is dual qualified (England and New York). He was educated at Oxford University.

ImageMuhammad Rafiuddin Shah

Policy and Coordination United, Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office, United Nations
Mr. Shah is in-charge of Policy and Coordination Unit of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Office at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Unit supports CTITF Office policy formulation and implementation efforts and over-all coordination and coherence of the UN counter-terrorism work. Before joining the CTITF Office, Mr. Shah was Director of the Office of the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, in Islamabad. He joined Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1996 and served at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, New York, High Commission for Pakistan, Pretoria, South Africa, Desk Officer China and as a staff officer to the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.

ImageHeba M.M. Shamseldin Abdelhafez

Manager of External Affairs, Middle East and North Africa Region (MNAEX), World Bank
Prior to her appointment she served as Special Assistant to the Managing Director advising on issues relating to the MENA region as well as on governance, finance and private sector issues. Shamseldin joined the World Bank Group in 2004 and served as senior financial sector specialist for several years advising on issues of governance and financial sector reform. Until 2004, she was an academic teaching law at Cairo University and London University. She has published on a range of issues in anti-corruption, financial integrity and international investment law.

ImageDinah Shelton

Manatt/Ahn Professor emeritus at the George Washington University Law School. George Washington University
She served as a member of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission from 2010 to 2014, and in 2010 she was president of the Commission. Professor Shelton is the author of three prize-winning books, Protecting Human Rights in the Americas (co-authored with Thomas Buergenthal), Remedies in International Human Rights Law, and the three-volume Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity. She has also authored other articles and books on international law, human rights law, and international environmental law. Professor Shelton is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law. She has served as a legal consultant to international organizations and is on the board of numerous human rights and environmental organizations. In 2006, Professor Shelton was awarded the Elisabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law and in 2013 she received the Goler Butcher Prize in Human Rights. She was also conferred the degree of doctor honoris causa at the University of Stockholm in 2012 and the Pazmany Peter Catholic University of Budapest in 2014.

Donald Sinclair

Lead Financial Officer, World Bank
Donald Sinclair manages the team that designs and executes risk management strategies for the World Bank’s balance sheet and works with borrowing countries and clients to find financial solutions.  Mr. Sinclair joined the World Bank in 2008.  He has expertise is in market risk management, the fixed income, volatility, and derivatives markets, and developing liability strategies.  Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Sinclair spent twenty years in the private sector developing, implementing, and managing liability and capital market strategies.  

ImageCindy Smith

UNICRI Director
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Smith was the Senior Coordinator for International Programs in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the United States Department of State (2012-2015). She also served as a Lead Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of the Criminal Justice Assistance Programs in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and as the Assistant Director of Corrections for the Civilian Response Corps - Active Component at the U.S. Department of State (2011-2012). From 2006-2008, Ms. Smith served as the Chief of the International Center of the National Institute of Justice in the US Department of Justice and she was the Department’s representative to the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

ImageTina Søreide

Associate Professor, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law
She has previously worked for the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen (UiB), the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the World Bank, Washington DC. Her research interests include corruption, governance, markets and criminal law, and especially, how institutional weaknesses create obstacles to economic development. Her most recent publications address negotiated settlements in criminal law, corruption in state administration, and debarment in public procurement. She is the author of Corruption and Criminal Justice: Bridging Legal and Economic Perspectives (Edw. Elgar Publishing, March 2016).

ImageVictoria Stanley

Senior Rural Development and Land Specialist, World Bank
Ms. Stanley has worked in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia and Latin America and Caribbean Regions on land administration and management projects, and rural municipal development. Ms. Stanley has extensive experience in the areas of land administration, land management, rural development and gender issues, information technology, public service delivery, institutional reform, strategic planning and budgeting. Ms. Stanley has a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School for Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

ImageChristopher Stephens

General Counsel, Asian Development Bank
ADB comprises 67 member countries and 3000 staff, 80 of whom are in the Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”). In 2014, the Bank loaned and invested more than $23 billion in more than 400 financing and investment transactions, and raised more than $14 billion in more than 50 borrowing transactions in 11 different currencies. OGC also runs ADB’s Law and Policy Reform Program (formerly Law, Justice and Development Program), in which the lawyers provide technical assistance to ADB’s client countries in areas relating to the role of law in their development.OGC was named In-House Banking and Financial Services Team of the Year, and In-House Innovation Team of the Year for two consecutive years by Asian Legal Business, a Thompson-Reuters publication, and In-House Team of the Year for 2015 by ALB, and Market Reform Leader by International Financial Law Review.

Susan Stigant

Director, Africa Programs, Middle East & Africa Center, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
Susan Stigant's focus is on the design and implementation of constitution-making processes in post-conflict and transitional states. She has and continues to advise government officials and civil society actors on issues of constitutional reform in Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and elsewhere. Ms. Stigant also serves as co-chair of USIP's national dialogue working group, where she coordinates the development of practitioner-focused research and tools to support and evaluate national dialogues as a mechanism for conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Substantively, Stigant's areas of expertise include constitutional design, civic education and citizen engagement, decentralization and federalism. Ms. Stigant joined USIP in 2013. Previously, she managed constitutional development and engagement programs in Somalia, Yemen, and South Sudan with the National Democratic Institute (NDI). From 2005-2011, she served as program director with NDI in South Sudan, where she worked with civil society and government officials to support constitutional development, elections, and citizen participation. She also worked with the Forum of Federations on comparative federalism and with the research unit of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament in South Africa. Stigant holds a Master's degree in comparative politics, negotiation, and conflict management from the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

ImageAlbrecht Stockmayer

Former Lead Governance Advisor, GIZ
Mr. Stockmayer recently retired from his job as Lead Governance Advisor, GIZ. He trained as a lawyer and business administrator, was 10 years consultant and short term advisor in Africa and Latin America for the World Bank and the UN, joined GIZ as an institutional development advisor. He left GIZ for OECD/PUMA (now GOV) to be division chief and head of the Governance Outreach Initiative and returned to GIZ to lead the Governance and Gender Group and later the Governance Cluster. She holds an LL.M (Michigan), and a Dr. iur. (Frankfurt).

Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York
Judge Stong is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council and Audit Committee of the American Law Institute.  She serves on multiple committees such as the Executive Committee of the Practising Law Institute, the International ADR Committee, the UNCITRAL Relations Committee of the International Insolvency Institute, and the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. She is a member of the board of P.R.I.M.E. Finance and of the ABA National Conference of Federal Trial Judges Executive Committee, and is active in the leadership of the ABA Business Law Section. Judge Stong received her J.D. and A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University.  

ImageBrian Tamanaha

William Gardiner Hammond Professor of Law, Washington College of Law
Mr. Brian Z. Tamanaha is a renowned jurisprudence and law and society scholar, and the author of eight books and numerous scholarly articles. In 2013, a National Jurist poll of 300 law deans and professors voted Professor Tamanaha #1 Most Influential Legal Educator, owing to his critical examination of the legal academy, Failing Law Schools. Professor Tamanaha has twice been selected Professor of the Year by student vote. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for the Hon. Walter E. Hoffman, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Hawaii, was an Assistant Attorney General for Yap State in Micronesia, and was Legal Counsel for the 1990 Micronesian Constitutional Convention. After these varied practice experiences, he earned a Doctorate of Juridical Science with a focus on legal theory at Harvard Law School.


Iimura Toshiaki

Former Chief Judge, Intellectual Property High Court Japan
Judge Toshiaki Iimura was chief judge of the Intellectual Property High Court of Japan from 2012-2014, following his term as presiding judge from 2006-2012.  In his nearly forty-year career, he served as a judge for the Sapporo District Court and the Tokyo High Court, as well as presiding judge of the Tokyo District Court and chief judge of the Kofu District Court.  Judge Iimura is currently a partner at Yuasa and Hara, where he specializes in general corporate and intellectual property matters.  He graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law and the Legal Training and Research Institute.

ImageHuong Thi Lan Tran

Senior Governance Specialist, World Bank
Ms. Thi Lan Tran’s work focuses on a range of governance and institutional development issues, including access to information, transparency, and anticorruption. Prior to joining the World Bank in Vietnam, Ms. Thi Lan Tran worked on governance and human rights for the Finnish Development Agency in Hanoi where she managed many grassroots projects to improve access to information, access to services for citizens, and to prevent rural women from being trafficked. She received her Masters of Development Studies with a focus on Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

ImageJohn Truby

Assistant Professor of Law, College of Law, Qatar University
Dr. Jon Truby is a Professor at Qatar University College of Law, where he runs the Environmental Law programs and teaches Business Law. He is Associate Editor-in-Chief the International Review of Law and has managed and participated in several major grants designed to meet Qatar’s National Development Strategy. As a lawyer and academic established in law, policy and social sciences, he specializes in commercial law, financial regulation, taxation and social behavior, sustainable energy and environmental law. His gained his Ph.D from Newcastle Law School at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (England), and he has worked as a finance lawyer in the City of London.

Jonathan Turley

Professor at the George Washington University Law School
Mr. Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law and legal theory to tort law. Professor Turley frequently has been invited to testify before Congress (both the House and the Senate) on constitutional and statutory issues, as well as tort reform legislation. He is also a nationally-recognized legal commentator. He has been repeatedly ranked in the nation’s top 500 lawyers in annual surveys. He has authored more than three dozen academic articles that have appeared in a variety of leading law journals, including those of Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, and Northwestern, as well as other top law schools. Professor Turley received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Northwestern. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law from John Marshall Law School for his contributions to civil liberties and the public interest.

ImagePaloma Bernal Turnes

Domain Coordinator of International Trade Procedures Domain, United Nations
Ms. Turnes is an Expert in International Trade and eBusiness, United Nations and a PPP expert in Infrastructures at the United Nations. Besides she is a Research Scholar, Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and a Tenure Professor, Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. She holds an degree from London Business School and an PhD from Rey Juan Carlos University.

ImageMahesh Uttamchandani

Global Lead – Credit Infrastructure, World Bank Group
Mahesh advisies governments around the world on the development of insolvency, collateral, credit information and debt recovery systems. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mahesh was Insolvency Counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), where he led the reform of insolvency systems throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Mahesh is a Canadian lawyer who practised for several years exclusively in the area of insolvency and creditors’ rights at a leading Canadian law firm and has published and lectured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia. He is a board member of the insolvency related legal journal, International Corporate Rescue, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Law in the St. John’s University Law School LL.M in Insolvency; an Honorary Professor of Law at Nottingham Law School and a Board Director of INSOL International.

ImageJohn Versantvoort

Assistant General Counsel, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
John Versantvoort has 20 years of experience in structuring cross-border investment and finance transactions in Asia and Europe. He is based at ADB’s headquarters in Manila, and leads a team of lawyers focusing primarily on the development and implementation of public infrastructure and public resource management projects in South Asia and the Pacific region. John is also a member of the management committee that supervises ADB-financed procurement in these regions. During his time at ADB, John has developed additional expertise in cofinancing, guarantee and trust fund structures - especially in the area of climate finance. Prior to joining ADB in 2007, John Versantvoort established and successfully developed a legal practice in Japan for Loyens & Loeff, a top-tier Benelux law firm. He embarked on his career as an Associate in Allen & Overy (formerly: Loeff Claeys Verbeke) in Amsterdam in 1995, specializing in corporate finance, M&A and private equity transactions. He is a national of the Netherlands who holds Master’s degrees in Dutch Civil Law and Japanese Studies from Leyden University, and a Master’s degree in East-Asian Law from London University.

ImageEmilio C. Viano

Senior Consultant, Project on Preventing and Combating Cybercrime
He also serves as a Voting Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development and as Co-leader of the Working Group on Empowerment and Equity for Diverse Communities. Mr. Viano has been a Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, the Washington College of Law and other universities worldwide (including the Inter-American Defense College, the University of Paris V and X, the University of Bologna and others). He has earned several law degrees in the U.K. and U.S., an M.A. at the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. at New York University.

ImagePierre Viaud

Executive Director, SICPA
Mr. Viaud has 30 years of international experience in Management of Government Affairs and Business Development as Executive Consultant or Senior Executive for large multinational companies and Governmental Institutions. He served in the French Administration during ten years (Advisor to former Prime Minister Pierre Messmer, Deputy Chief of the Inter-ministerial Mission for Defense Teaching Programs and Studies - General Secretariat for National Defense (Prime Minister Department). He since advised 11 governments and 2 International Organizations (UNIDIR and AfDB) or managed multinational companies (PMI, SITA, SICPA). He is the author of six books and of 31 articles published in various international reviews. He received three awards from the Institut de France, two from the Five Academies (Prix d’Aumale 1985 et Grand Prix Osiris 1993), one from the Académie des sciences morales et politiques (Prix Audiffred 1994).

ImageImageMargret Vidar

Lawyer, Food and Agriculture Organization
Margret Vidar has worked as a lawyer in the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) since 1996. She has supported the development and negotiations of a number of international instruments under the auspices of FAO, in particular the soft law instruments that are rooted in the Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security, which in turn is rooted in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Luxshi Vimalarajah

Luxshi Vimalarajah is both conceptually and practically involved in designing and facilitating dialogue processes and providing training and on-demand support for negotiators, advisors and mediators involved in peace negotiations. Since 2006, Luxshi has managed the annual negotiation meetings, where opposition movements are trained in negotiation skills and negotiation topics. Currently, she is involved in developing a Handbook on National Dialogues for practitioners providing options for the design and the implementation of National Dialogue processes. Together with a local organisation, Luxshi is implementing a comprehensive peace support project in Turkey. Providing mediation support to third-party mediators is a strong pillar of Luxshi´s work, ranging from policy advice to knowledge provision, capacity-building, technical and thematic support. Luxshi represents the Berghof Foundation in the Initiative Mediation Support in Germany, a consortium consisting of 5 German organisations advising the German Foreign Office on issues related to mediation. Luxshi joined the Berghof foundation in 2003 and served ever since in various capacities.

ImageCari L. Votava

Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
She has worked in the World Bank since 1999, and is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist specializing in designing & delivering technical assistance programs to help countries improve corruption prevention systems and financial sector supervision systems in fragile/post-conflict states (including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and Iraq). Before coming to the World Bank she was Legal Counsel for Citibank in Prague, Czech Republic, where she was responsible for all legal and regulatory compliance matters under U.S. and Czech law. Cari Votava graduated Notre Dame Law School (1985) and holds an LL.M. in International Law from London School of Economics (1986).


Judge John M. Walker, Jr.

United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Judge John Mercer Walker, Jr. is a senior circuit judge, and formerly chief judge (2000-2006), of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Walker has served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States and a member of a number of its committees. He is a lecturer at Yale Law School where he teaches constitutional litigation and legal writing.  Judge Walker is active in promoting the Rule of Law in China, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe.

ImageQuentin Wodon

Lead Economist, Education Sector, World Bank
Quentin Wodon is a Lead Economist in the World Bank's Education Department where he leads the cluster on equity, resilience, and early childhood development. Previously, he managed the Bank's unit on faith and development, served as Lead Poverty Specialist for Africa, and as an Economist/Senior Economist in the Latin America region. Before joining the World Bank, he worked as Assistant Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble Benelux, volunteer corps member with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Namur. He holds graduate degrees in business engineering, economics, and philosophy, and PhDs in Economics and in Theology and Religious Studies. He serves on a number of advisory boards, as Associate Editor for academic journals, and as adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and is actively engaged in pro bono work with nonprofits.

ImageImageMichael Wood

Member of the UN International Law Commission
Sir Michael Wood is a member of the UN International Law Commission. He was the principal Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1999 and 2006. During 35 years as a lawyer in the FCO, he attended many international conferences, including the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. He spent three years at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York, dealing chiefly with Security Council matters. He was Agent for the United Kingdom for a number of years before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights, and UK Agent in cases before the ICJ, as well as in proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and arbitral tribunals. Consequently, he is a Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. 

ImageJan Wouters

Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam EU and Global Governance and Founding, University of Leuven
Mr. Wouters is also director of the Institute for International Law and of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at the University of Leuven. He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris), Luiss University (Rome) and the College of Europe (Bruges). He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, President of the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium, and Of Counsel at Linklaters, Brussels. He has published widely on international and EU law, international organizations and global governance. Apart from conducting many research projects (including FRAME, a large-scale FP7 Programme on human rights in EU Policies), he advises various international organizations and governments, trains officials, and often comments international events in the media.


Alicia Yamin

Lecturer on Law and Global Health and Director of the JD/MPH program and Policy Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University
Alicia Yamin regularly advises on strategic litigation and conducts training for both lawyers and judiciaries regarding the enforcement of health-related rights, including sexual and reproductive rights. She is an internationally recognized scholar on human rights and health and has published extensively on these topics.

ImageImageJustin Yap

Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank
Justin Yap works with the Competitive Sectors unit of the World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness global practice, where he works on regulatory matters related to the agribusiness, tourism and climate-efficiency sectors. Prior to joining the Competitive Sectors unit, he was a founding member of the team that launched the Debt Resolution and Business Exit workstream that now resides within the Finance & Markets GP. Justin holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

ImageWael Zakout

Global Lead for Land and Geospatial, World Bank
Prior to March 2015, he was the Country Manager for Yemen. From 2007-2011, he served as the Sector Manager for Urban, Water and Disaster Risk Management in Europe and Central Asia Region. Mr. Zakout has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin Madison in civil and environmental engineering and undergraduate degree from Bir Zeit University in the West Bank. Mr. Zakout joined the World Bank in 1994 and held several positions in East Asia and Europe and Central Asia regions and worked extensively on land policy and titling programs in more than 30 countries.


Registration for Experts on Call has been a huge success. Due to the overwhelming demand, registration will close on Friday, November 6 at 5 pm Eastern Time (Washington, DC). Stay tuned, registration may reopen on site on November, 16 2015.

LJD Week 2015 has received a tremendous number of proposals! We continue to strive to offer a wide variety of formats during the conference and Experts on Call is back!

Ever have the feeling that the most valuable few minutes at a conference are after a lecture when you walk up to the podium and ask the speaker your key questions? Those minutes are exactly the ones this format aims to replicate. EXPERTS ON CALL is designed for participants to ask pertinent technical questions to experts in specific subject matters; it enables participants to ask questions to which they are seeking answers and “did not know who to ask”. Participants are invited to sign up offline for one-on-one thirty minute sessions and indicate their key issue(s)/question(s) when they sign up. You can preview the experts lined up for LJD Week 2015 below.

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    Ana S. Ayala

    Director, Global Health Law LL.M. Program, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
    Ana S. Ayala has worked on a variety of global health law areas, including health and human rights and reproductive rights. Ana has worked in a number of organizations, including Human Rights First, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Domestic Violence and Family Law Program at Ayuda, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She holds a LL.M in from Georgetown University; a JD from American University, Washington College of Law; and a BA degree from the University of Chicago.
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    Eric A. Friedman

    Institute Associate and Project Leader, Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI)
    Before joining the O’Neill Institute, Eric Friedman was Senior Global Health Policy Advisor at Physicians for Human Rights, where he focused on health systems, the global shortage of health workers, and HIV/AIDS, and sought to increase the extent to which U.S. global health policy, and health workforce and systems policies globally, incorporated the right to health. He also served on the Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, an international partnership hosted by the World Health Organization, and chaired the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative. He holds a law degree from Yale Law School and B.A. from Yale College.
  • Session title: European Public Procurement Law

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    Spyridon Flogaitis

    Director, European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and President, Board of Directors
    Spyridon Flogaitis is Professor of Administrative Law at the Law School of the University of Athens, Attorney at Law at the High Court and the Council of State of Greece, former President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal and former Acting Minister of Interior of Greece (2007 and 2009). He was awarded with the distinction of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic and the distinction of Cavaliere dell’Ordine di Merito of the Italian Republic. Professor Flogaitis holds a PhD in Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and a PhD in History from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
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    Chryssoula Moukiou

    Associate Professor of Administrative Law, Athens “Panteion” University of Social and Political Sciences and Visiting Professor, Law School of Athens
    Chryssoula Moukiou teaches undergraduate courses on administrative law, principles of constitutional law, international law, ECHR, law of the regional development and administrative litigation and post-graduate courses on public procurement law and the impact of the financial crisis upon administrative law. She is the author of “The Silence of the Public Administration” and of “The Regulatory Power of the Administration” and of more than 35 articles, notes and contributions to special editions, lecturer in Italy (Brescia), in Cyprus (Nicosia, Supreme Court), in Turkey (Istanbul) and in the Netherlands (Utrecht) in GWU (WDC) and SciencesPo (Paris).
  • Session title: Emergence of Strategic Treaty Management and its Implications for International Law and Development

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    Thomas F. McInerney

    Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
    Thomas F. McInerney is the founder of the Treaty Effectiveness Initiative, which provides research, publications, training, and policy advice to improve the performance of multilateral treaties and related international organizations. He counsels multilateral organizations, treaty secretariats, international NGOs, and governments on treaty management, international law, and development and is Of Counsel to the law firm EXP Legal in Rome. He is a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University and was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University. Most recently, he published the book Strategic Treaty Management: Practice and Implications.
  • Session title: The Importance of an Adequate Supervision of remittance and Offshore Companies

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    Fausto Martin De Sanctis

    Federal Appellate Judge, Federal Court of Brazil
    Fausto Martin De Sanctis is the Deputy Director of Federal Judicial School of the Federal Appellate Court for the Third Region - EMAG; Member of the Portuguese Language Law Jurists Community – CJLP; Since 2013, he has also been an Advisory Council member of the American University Washington College of Law on its Program for Judicial and Legal Studies Brazil-United States. Fausto Martin De Sanctis holds a Doctorate in Criminal Law from the University of São Paulo’s School of Law (USP) and an advanced degree in Civil Procedure from the Federal University of Brasilia (UnB) in Brazil.
  • Session title: Law and Land Tenure Security

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    Pauline Malaplate

    Public Notary, Supreme Council of Notaries of the French Republic
    Ms. Malaplate is an international land tenure expert in the Titling Commission of the High Council for the French Notarial Profession. She has followed the 4th European Conference on the Land African Studies in Uppsala (Sweden) in June 2011 and the first African Conference of the ministries of agriculture in Lilongwe (Malawi) in October 2010 for the launching of the implementation phase of the au- eca- afdb land policy initiative. She has been speaking at the World Bank conferences "Land & Poverty" in spring and "Legal Week" in the fall as an international expert on legal and land Tenure Security issues for several years.
  • Session title: Result Based Financing in Justice Reform in Conflict Zones

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    Rob Sijstermans

    Robert Sijstermans, Specialist in Security and Justice, Cordaid
    As Specialist in Security and Justice, he is responsible for knowledge, network & product development on topics such as primary justice and community security in South Sudan and Afghanistan as well as result based financing in justice reform in the Great Lakes Region. He studied both international and European law, with a specialization in Human Rights. Through a Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship he studied Conflict, Security and Development. He was awarded a PhD position at the University of Leicester (UK) for research on the reform of intelligence agencies in post-conflict countries. Rob has worked in and on Africa and the Middle East in several positions for the Dutch Government.
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    Alexandra Kuin

    Program Manager Results Based Financing in Security and Justice, Cordaid
    Alexandra Kuin is responsible for the overall program management in DR Congo and Burundi to enhance the functioning of the formal security and justice systems. Alexandra is also working on topics such as indicator development and establishment of an M&E methodology for the approach.
  • Session title: An Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Initiative for the Resolution of Low Intensity Disputes in Brazil, Chili and Colombia

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    Jaime Arellano

    Executive Director, Justice Studies Center of the Americas (CEJA)
    Jaime Arellano is a Partner at Jara, Quintana & Associates Law Firm and former General Counsel of CORFO (the Chilean Economic Development Agency) from 2006 to 2010. In that power he was the Legal Chief Counsel, Deputy VP, and participated in the main collegiate committees. He holds a law degree for Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from American University.
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    Karim Benyekhlef

    Professor, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal
    Karim Benyekhlef founded and currently heads the Cyberjustice Laboratory, whose purpose is to ensure that the provisioning and administration of judicial services makes optimal use of advances in technology and networking in order to facilitate access to justice. He has also participated in the development of good governance programs in Africa and the Caribbean, collaborating with the Canadian International Development Agency, the United Nations and the European Commission. He is the award winning author and collaborator of many works, notably Le règlement en ligne des conflits, Enjeux de la cyberjustice and Une possible histoire de la norme : les normativités émergentes de la mondialisation.
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    Valentin Callipel

    Head of Mission, Cyberjustice Laboratory, Université de Montréal
    Valentin Callipel is in charge of multiple projects that involve the modernization of justice systems, represents the research team within various governmental and non-governmental organizations, and is regularly called upon to share his expertise on the implementation of judicial reforms through the use of information and communication technologies, as well as on private judicial law. Valentin holds a Master’s degree in private judicial law from France’s University of Pantheon Sorbonne (Master 2) and was discerned a Master’s degree in Business Law (LL. M) from Université de Montréal in Canada.
  • Session title: Anticorruption Compliance - Effective Strategies to Monitor Third Party Risk Anticorruption Compliance

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    Obiamaka P. Madubuko

    Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
    Obiamaka Madubuko is cochair of the Firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) & International Anti-Corruption Group and focuses her practice in anti-corruption and fraud matters, as well as advises U.S.-based companies doing business in international markets. Obiamaka has been recognized as a 2015 Regulatory and Compliance Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, a Future Star in the 2014 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation and a Rising Star on Ethisphere Magazine’s 2015, 2012 and 2011 lists of “Attorneys Who Matter,” a publication dedicated to sharing best practices in ethics and compliance. Obiamaka is also a published author and frequently speaks and writes on anti-corruption compliance matters and other white collar topics. She holds a J.D from Harvard Law School and a B.A. and M.A. from Boston University.
  • Session title: International Investment Law - A Tool for Improving Domestic Economic Governance

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    Roberto Echandi

    Investment Policy Global Lead of the Investment Climate Unit, World Bank Group
    Prior joining the World Bank Group, Roberto Echandi was Director of the Program on International Investment at the World Trade Institute (WTI) of the University of Bern. He was Appointed Ambassador of Costa Rica to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union. He holds an PhD and LL.M from Michigan Law School, an M.Phil from Oxford University, aLicenciado en Derecho, at the University of Costa Rica and specialized negotiation courses at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.
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    Xavier Forneris

    Senior Investment Policy Officer, Investment Climate Coordinator for East Asia Pacific (EAP), World Bank
    Xavier Forneris is a senior specialist in the World Bank Group, focusing on investment climate and investment policy reforms (including market access, investment incentives, investor protection, special economic zones, and responsible investment. Xavier Forneris received graduate and post-graduate degrees in Business Law and International Trade Law from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France, and also holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill).
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    Priyanka Kher

    Investment Climate Team, World Bank
    Priyanka Kher advises developing countries on investment and business related legal and regulatory reform. She holds a post graduate law degree from Harvard Law School (Cambridge, USA) and a law degree from the National Law Institute (Bhopal, India).
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    Barbara Kotschwar

    Research Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
    Barbara Kotschwar's research focuses on trade, investment, and regional integration on topics such as Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America and studies on commercial relations between the United States and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) partners. She is also adjunct professor of Latin American studies and economics at Georgetown University. She has published extensively on that topic.
  • Session title: The Relevance of ADR to Financial Market Stability and Sustainable Development ABA and Prime Finance

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    Eli Whitney Debevoise II

    Senior Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
    Eli Whitney Debevoise practices in international litigation and arbitration, with particular experience in investor-state arbitration at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He is a member of the ICSID Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators. He served as representative of the United States at meetings of the ICSID Administrative Council. His experience also includes service as arbitrator in investor-state arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules, the Inter -American Arbitration Commission, UNCITRAL, ICC, ICDR, London Sugar Association and ad hoc arbitrations.
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    Jeffrey Golden

    Visiting Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Jeffrey Golden is chairman of The P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation in The Hague, and a member of the Foundation's Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance, and a Director of MFX Solutions, Inc., an industry initiative providing currency hedging for microfinance. He was the founder partner of Allen & Overy's US law practice and senior partner in the firm's global derivatives practice. He studied at Duke University, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Columbia University School of Law, from which he received his J.D. degree with honors in 1978.
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    Carolyn Lamm

    Senior Partner, White & Case LLP
    Carolyn Lamm regularly serves as lead counsel in high-stakes, cutting-edge cases, successfully resolving significant international arbitrations involving international corporates and sovereign clients. She also serves as lead counsel in arbitration-related litigation matters. Carolyn was appointed by President Clinton to the US Panel and later by the Government of Uzbekistan to the Uzbek Panel of Arbitrators for ICSID arbitration. Carolyn is a past President of both the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association. She is currently serving as the American Bar Association's Representative to the International Bar Association.
  • Session title: How Can Lawyers be Prepared to Promote Justice, Sustainable Development and the Rule of Law?

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    Daniel D. Bradlow

    SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations, University of Pretoria
    Daniel D. Bradlow was previously the first Head of the International Economic Relations and Policy Department at the South African Reserve Bank, and Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where he also was the Director of the International Legal Studies Program. He has published numerous articles on international development law.
  • Session title: Equity, inclusion, Poverty Reduction…It’s about Justice!

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    Jennifer Khor

    Project Director, International Initiatives, Canadian Bar Association
    Jennifer Khor has implemented law and development projects in various countries in Africa and Asia. Currently she is Project Director International Initiatives with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) for a collaborative access to justice for children and youth project in East Africa. Jennifer has focused on strengthening legal systems through capacity development and improving collaboration between stakeholders to enable access to justice, protection of human rights and economic development. Jennifer holds a law degree and B.Sc. Hons., and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

LJD Week 2015 has received an overwhelming number of proposals! We continue to strive to offer a wide variety of formats during the conference and Knowledge Café is back!

Knowledge Café is an open discussion on a topic of mutual interest aimed to surface collective knowledge, and facilitate sharing of experiences, ideas and insights.

This year, the Knowledge Café will be located in the Atrium and will feature 12 topics of interest:

  • The International Observatory for Economic Regulations - Confronting Competition Regulatory Frameworks.
  • Business and Human Rights: Toward a New Business Governance and the Leading Role for the Legal Profession.
  • Judicial Integrity Scan: Making the Bangalore Principles Work in Reality.
  • Geopolitics as Challenges and Facilitators of Legal Development.
  • Regulation and Oil Wealth Redistribution in Nigeria.
  • Making the Law Accessible and Comprehensible for more Legal Security: the Example of the Reform of Contract Law in France.
  • Coherence and Consistency of Laws for Good Governance: Lessons Learned From Japan's Legal Technical Assistance.
  • Emerging Technologies to Enhance Accountability Mechanisms for the Justice Sector
  • Revisiting the ‘Legal Origins’ Hypothesis in Economic Development 
  • Capacity-Building for Secured Transactions Reform to Improve Access to Credit.
  • OHADA, a Legal Instrument for Economic and Social Development in 17 African States.
  • International Justice and the Governance of World Fisheries: The Case Study of the Advisory Opinion of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

  • The International Observatory for Economic Regulations - Confronting Competition Regulatory Frameworks

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    Jean-Michel Darrois

    Jean-Michel Darrois founded the Paris law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier in 1987. Considered one of the most influential attorneys in France, Jean-Michel advises businesses, boards of directors and senior management, as well as high net worth individuals, in major transactions and disputes. He was a member of the Conseil de l’Ordre. He chaired and remains a member of the Company Law Committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). At the request of the French president, he presided over the Darrois Commission on the Reform of Professions in 2008, and was a member of the Attali Commission on Growth. He is a Commander of the Légion d’Honneur. He received a DES in Public Law from Université Paris Panthéon Sorbonne, and is a graduate of Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).
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    Angelique Delorme

    Supreme Court Judge, French Council of State
    Angélique Delorme is specialized notably in tax law and merger law. Moreover she is Lecturer at Sciences Po (fields of expertise: Administrative and Constitutional Law; American Civilization) since 2013. Former student at the French National School of Administration (2011-2012), Angélique Delorme graduated from Paris I- Panthéon Sorbonne University with a Master's degree in Administrative Law, she also graduated from HEC Paris, with a Master's degree in management and was a former MBA Exchange student at McGill University.
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    Paul Saunders

    Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    Paul Saunders was Chair of its National Moot Court Competition Committee and its Downstate New York Committee, Vice Chair of its Committee on Special Problems in the Administration of Justice and is currently Chair of its Judiciary Committee. He is Chair of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law. He is a member and former chair of the Board of Visitors of the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is also currently on the faculty and was appointed as Distinguished Visitor from Practice in 2003. Mr. Saunders serves as one of seven Observateurs of International Economic Regulations for the Fondation pour le Droit Continental.
  • Business and Human Rights: Toward a New Business Governance and the Leading Role for the Legal Profession.

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    Bertrand Debosque

    Partner, Bignon Lebray
    Bertrand Debosque is a lawyer member registered at the Paris Bar (1985) and then at the Lille Bar (1986). He is a member of the French Delegation of the CCBE and vice-president of the Deontology committee of the CCBE. Bertrand Debosque has expertise in the field of labour law and tax law. He advices SMES and major companies whether domestic and international, both in litigious and non-litigious matters. Bertrand joined Caille Dhonte Lequai law firm in Lille in 1988 before returning to Bignon Lebray in 1990 to set up the Lille office and become a partner. Bertrand became an elected member of the French National Bar Council (2009-2014) and President of the international Committee of the French National Bar Council (2012-2014).
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    Elise Groulx Diggs

    Principal, BI for Business Integrity & Partners
    Elise Groulx Diggs advises corporations on human rights risks in their strategic projects and supply chains. She also assists businesses in assessing the legal risks of operating in fragile states and conflict zones. She advises corporations, law firms and organizations in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. She is an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers in London and a member of Hincker et Associés, a French law firm with offices in Strasbourg, Paris and Marseille. She is also “of counsel” to the Endo et Associés in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Elise is Principal of the international human rights and social risk consulting group, BI for Business Integrity & Partners LLC, based in Washington, with partners in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), Dakar (Senegal) and France.
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    Veronique Tuffal-Nerson

    Founding Partner, SCP Tuffal - Nerson Douarre & Associés, Paris
    Ms. Tuffal-Nerson is a practicing attorney (Avocat) with over 30 years of experience in Employment law, litigation and mediation. She provides legal advice to clients in the industry (heavy industrial, aviation,..) and services (banks, mutual funds, human care service providers, IT, ..) sectors, as well as advises public and partly state owned institutions. She is a graduate of the University of Nanterre (1978), and was a member of the Conseil de l’Ordre des Avocats au Barreau de Paris, 1995-1997 and the Conseil National des Barreaux, 2003-2005 / 2015-2017.
  • Judicial Integrity Scan: Making the Bangalore Principles Work in Reality

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    Johannes Ferguson

    Lawyer and Head of the Program “Anti-corruption and Integrity”, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
    Johannes Ferguson is the head of the GIZ program „Anti-corruption and Integrity”, which provides policy advice to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and develops innovative approaches in the area of anti-corruption and integrity. Previously, he worked as a Senior Planning Expert on Administrative Reform and Policy Coherence for GIZ. In this capacity he was responsible for GIZ’s worldwide TA portfolio “Administrative Reform” and provided advisory services to Ministries, Offices of the President and Centres of Government in several countries in Africa, the Balkans and Asia.
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    Tilman Hoppe

    Former Judge in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany and Anti-corruption Reforms Expert
    Tilman Hoppe studied law in Germany, the United States, and France. After completing his Ph. D. in 2000, he worked as a judge in civil and criminal matters. For six years, he reorganized a corrupt state-owned bank at the Ministry of Finance and at a private financial firm in Berlin. From 2007 to 2011, he worked for three inquiry committees of the German Parliament. Mr. Hoppe has participated in several evaluations, trainings and anti-corruption projects with the Council of Europe, and since 2011 has been a Long-Term Advisor for the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption project in the Eastern Partnership region. Mr. Hoppe has also served as a short-term expert for the European Commission, UNDP, the World Bank, and others. Mr. Hoppe is author of over 50 law review articles and book chapters.
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    Kirsten Lorscheid

    Lawyer and Advisor on Judicial Integrity in the Program “Anti-corruption and Integrity”, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
    Kirsten Lorscheid studies law in Germany and Norway. In her current position as an advisor on judicial integrity in the GIZ program “Anti-corruption and Integrity”, she provides policy advice to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and manages and further develops tools such as the Judicial Integrity Scan. Previously, she worked as a legal advisor in the regional GIZ program “Legal and Judicial Reforms in the South Caucasus” in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. After completing her bar exam in 2008, she worked as a legal counsel for a German consulting company in development cooperation working on behalf of various donors and international organizations.
  • Geopolitics as Challenges and Facilitators of Legal Development

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    Mauro Bussani

    Professor of Comparative Law, University of Trieste
    Mauro Bussani is Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Trieste, Italy, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Macao, S.A.R. of the People’s Republic of China. He has been Visiting Professor in the US, Brazil, Peru, France, Switzerland, the UK, Portugal, Serbia, Hungary, Israel and China, and holds positions in the Scientific Council of many international institutions. He is member of the Executive Board of the American Journal of Comparative law and co-editor of the 'Common Core of European Private Law' series published by Cambridge University Press. His principal publications include 25 Books, and more than 130 Essays, in Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Chinese and Korean.
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    Ignazio Castellucci

    Assistant Professor, University of Macau, People’s Republic of China
    Since 2005, Ignazio is Regular Visiting Assistant Professor in the University of Macau (P.R. of China), teaching Comparative Legal Systems. Since 2005, he is also an Invited Professor of Chinese Law, Asian Legal Systems in the University of Trento (Italy). He is a Full-time Assistant Professor (2003 and 2004) in the University of Macau, People’s Republic of China, teaching Business Law, Comparative Legal Systems, European Continental Law (civil law), International Arbitration. Designer, founder and first Program Coordinator of the Master’s Program in European Union, International and Comparative Law of the University of Macau (2003). Ignazio holds a Ph.D. in Comparative law, University of Trento; a Diploma di specializzazione in Comparative law, an (LL.M., maxima) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”; and a Laurea in Giurisprudenza, maxima cum laude, also from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
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    Olivier Moréteau

    Professor of Law, University of Louisiana State
    Olivier Moréteau is Professor of Law, holder of the Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair, at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hébert Law Center. He joined LSU in 2005. He is the Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Civil Law Studies, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs. Professor Moréteau is the former Director of the Édouard Lambert Institute of Comparative Law at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France, where he was an Assistant Professor (1982-90), Associate Professor (1990-98) and then Full Professor (Professeur agrégé).
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    Salvatore Mancuso

    Chair Professor and Director, Centre for Comparative Law in Africa, University of Cape Town
    Salvatore Mancuso was born in Palermo (Italy) on 26 October 1963. He got his Bachelor of Law at the University of Palermo (Italy) and has obtained its Ph.D. in Comparative Law at the University of Trieste (Italy) with specialization on African law. He is Chair Professor and Director of the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Cape Town, and Honorary Professor of African Law at the Centre for African Laws and Society of Xiangtan University (P.R. of China). He has been a Professor of Comparative Law and Legal Anthropology at the University of Macau, Adjunct Professor at the University of Trieste, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Limoges, Réunion and Lisbon.
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    Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler

    Vice-Director, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law
    Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler is currently Vice-Director of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, where he is heading the Legal Division. He is also member of the executive committees of the Swiss Society of International Law and of Juris Diversitas, an international, interdisciplinary Association for the study of legal and normative mixtures and movements. He has graduated from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Prior to joining the SICL in 2009, he was Assistant Professor of Private International Law, Contract and Tort Law at Kathmandu School of Law (2006-2008), where he carried out research on Comparative Tort and Criminal Law (LLM, KSL; PG Certificate, International Criminal Justice, London University).
  • Regulation and Oil Wealth Redistribution in Nigeria

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    Ify Ogo

    Doctoral Researcher, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
    Ify Ogo's research project centres on investigating and identifying the legal strategies, mechanisms and vehicles which have enabled improved economic performance in sub-Saharan Africa over the last 10 years. Ify’s professional experience covers strategy, risk management, investment advisory, economic development, project management, venture development, research, communication, community relations and capacity building. She has worked with Corporations, Governments, Donor Agencies, Start-Ups, and Non-Profit Organizations across Africa.
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    Michael Olorunninwo

    Commercial Leader, Seven Energy International
    Michael is currently a Commercial Leader at Seven Energy International and oversees the venture development arm of Q.Aspen, a social enterprise focused on accelerating SME development in Africa. Michael is a multi-disciplinary professional, having previously worked in management consulting at KPMG, and as an aviation risk underwriter at NICON Insurance. Michael's broad experiences include working with large international conglomerates and multilateral agencies providing corporate strategy, financial management and human capital advisory. In addition, he enjoys working in venture development roles with high-potential, small and growing businesses.
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    Tobi Oluwatola

    Assistant Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
    Tobi Oluwatola is an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He began his career at KPMG Management Consulting where he advised clients in diverse areas, from Nigeria's ministries of finance and energy to multinational technology companies and banks. He developed corporate strategies, designed organizational structures, drafted policies and procedures, and developed complex financial models and business plans. Oluwatola took a leave of absence to become the national coordinator of the volunteers supporting the 2011 presidential campaign of the Action Congress of Nigeria (Nigeria's largest opposition party).
  • Making the Law Accessible and Comprehensible for more Legal Security: the Example of the Reform of Contract Law in France

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    Charlotte de Cabarrus

    French Magistrate, Head of the Law of Obligations Office, Ministry of Justice
    She graduated from the Paris Institute for Political Science (« Sciences Po ») and the National School of Judiciary, and was for several years a lecturer in civil law at Sciences Po and at the University of Paris X. She was a civil judge from 2007 to 2010 in a regional trial court, and works since 2010 at the Ministry of Justice, at the Civil Affairs and Seals Department.
  • Coherence and Consistency of Laws for Good Governance: Lessons Learned From Japan's Legal Technical Assistance

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    Teilee Kuong (Ph.D.)

    Associate Professor, Nagoya University Center for Asian Legal Exchange in Japan
    Teilee Kuong is a Cambodian national. His current research focuses on legal development in Cambodia and Vietnam, particularly in the areas of Constitutional and Property Law, development of the judicial institutions and influences of foreign law in the domestic process of legal reforms. He was visiting researcher at Melbourne Law School (Australia); visiting scholar at Kansai University Faculty of Law (Osaka, Japan); visiting scholar at Harvard Yenching Institute (Boston, USA); visiting associate professor at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo.
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    Miha Isoi

    Attorney-at-law (Japan), Senior Advisor to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
    Prior to joining JICA, Miha Isoi had practiced law since 2000 in various areas including civil and criminal cases. She has also been a member of Committee on International Relation of Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) since 2003.After working as a project manager for JICA’s “Legal Reform Support Project” for Mongolia for two years (2006-2008), she joined JICA headquarter as a senior advisor in the legal and judicial sector. She works with JICA on managing, monitoring and designing projects. She also worked as a legal advisor for JICA’s “Legal and Judicial Development Project” in Cambodia for one year in 2013.
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    Jun Uchiyama

    Professor and government attorney, International Cooperation Department of Research and Training Institute, Ministry of Justice in Japan
    Jun Uchiyama’s background is public prosecution, so he has been mainly engaged in the investigation and the criminal trial. He is currently responsible for the international cooperation in the legal and judicial field for several Asian countries, especially Cambodia and Nepal. He holds a LL.B. degree from the Keio University.
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    Yoshitaka Watanabe

    Professor, Research and Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice of Japan
    Since joining the Ministry of Justice, Yoshitaka Watanabe has been mainly engaged in legislative drafting in the civil and administrative law field. He is currently responsible for the international cooperation in the legal and judicial field for several Asian countries. He holds a LL.B. degree from the University of Tokyo, a M.P.P from Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo.
  • Emerging Technologies to Enhance Accountability Mechanisms for the Justice Sector

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    Richard Malengule

    Country Director, Central African Republic, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
    Richard is a human rights lawyer and international development professional. He joined the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in 2012 as the Director of a Women’s Justice and Empowerment Program in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he worked to strengthen local capacity to combat sexual and gender-based violence in the region. Mr. Malengule also worked on a judicial case management database operating in eastern DRC to measure performance of both prosecutorial and judicial magistrates. In DRC, Mr. Malengule oversaw the operation of legal aid clinics, support for mobile investigation teams, and trainings of justice sector officials - work that he now implements in the Central African Republic. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, Mr. Malengule served as the Project Director of HEAL Africa’s USHINDI program assisting SGBV survivors in North Kivu. Mr. Malengule has also conducted extensive research on socio-cultural barriers to access to justice for SGBV survivors and attitudes and practices related to gender and HIV/AIDS in eastern Congo. Mr. Malengule is fluent in English and French and holds a post-graduate degrees in International Public Law and in Community Care.
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    Keith Porcaro

    Head of Technology and Development and General Counsel, Social Impact Lab Foundation
    Keith leads SIMLab’s legal and land work, including SMS-based “process tracking” tools to improve the transparency of legal processes in rural communities and other initiatives to make legal systems more accessible and efficient. Mr. Porcaro is a lawyer and technologist with a background in helping organizations and individuals optimize around shifting systems. His background sits at the intersection of law and technology. Prior to joining SIMLab, he advised technology startups on legal and operational issues, worked as legal counsel and content strategist for Reboot, a service design firm, and freelanced as a web developer.
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    Jennifer Tsai

    Senior Access to Justice Advisor, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)
    Jennifer Tsai has more than 18 years of experience in criminal justice and international rule of law development. At ABA ROLI, Jennifer manages programs and research projects related to access to justice and legal empowerment, governance, human rights, atrocity prevention and transitional justice. Jennifer has worked on the design and implementation of assessment methodologies in these areas, including the Access to Justice Assessment Tool. Jennifer has also participated in or co-led several human rights documentation projects related to conflicts in South Sudan, Sudan and Syria. She is coordinator of ABA ROLI's Access to Justice and Human Rights thematic area practice group. Previously, she worked at domestic and international organizations on criminal justice and human rights, including the Vera Institute of Justice and the Beijing office of International Bridges to Justice. She practiced law in New York for 11 years, including six years as a public defender. Jennifer holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School and a B.A. from Columbia University.
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    Jessica Webb

    Civil Society Specialist, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute
    Jessica Webb has a decade of experience working with international civil society organizations on issues including sustainability standards and certification, community conservation, ecotourism, access to education, and spatial analysis for conservation project planning. As Civil Society Specialist with Global Forest Watch, a free and powerful monitoring platform that promotes transparency by providing near real-time information on the state of forests globally, Jessica leads, in close collaboration with the Governance Center team, efforts to ensure that civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world have access to the information and evidence they need to sustainably manage forests and promote accountability among decision-makers. She also manages the GFW Small Grants Fund, which offers financial and technical support to CSOs for innovative projects utilizing the GFW platform. Jessica holds a Master of Environmental Management from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University and an MA in International Relations/International Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
  • Revisiting the ‘Legal Origins’ Hypothesis in Economic Development

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    Daniel Oto-Peralias

    Lecturer in Banking and Finance, University of St. Andrews, UK
    Daniel is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Banking and Finance at the School of Management of the University of St. Andrews (UK), and affiliated member of the Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance hosted by the same university. He holds university degrees in Management and Business Administration and in Law, and has conducted postgraduate studies in economics and politics. He received his PhD from Pablo de Olavide University (Spain) in June 2014. His research focuses on the fields of law and finance and economic development, particularly on the role played by inequality and institutions in economic activity and welfare, paying special attention to the historical processes involved.
  • Capacity-Building for Secured Transactions Reform to Improve Access to Credit

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    María del Pilar Bonilla

    Lawyer and Notary, Guatemala
    María del Pilar Bonilla is a lawyer and notary in Guatemala where she has served as external advisor to the Ministry of Economy in various legal reform processes in financial matters; in the technical committee that drafted the Secured Transactions Law in 2007 and since 2012, in the drafting of laws on leasing, factoring, and insolvency, among others. She is a representative of Guatemala to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on issues of micro- small and medium enterprises, insolvency and security interests. She has been an international consultant on security interests in the Dominican Republic and on the OAS Secured Transactions Project. Mrs. Bonilla graduated Magna Cum Laude from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, with a Master’s degree in public and private law from the University of Barcelona, with honorable mention, and has completed doctoral studies in law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. (Participation to be confirmed)
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    Maria Celina Conte

    Gender Specialist, Executive Secretariat, Inter-American commission of Women, Organization of American States (OAS)
    Maria Celina Conte serves as Gender Specialist with the Executive Secretariat for the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States. In that role she is responsible for the efforts relating to the institutionalization of gender perspectives and women rights at the OAS and integration of such perspectives into key areas of the Organization. She has acted as liaison to the OAS Secured Transactions Project to promote access to credit for women. Previously, Ms. Conte served with the Department of Science and Technology as a policy specialist in charge of technical coordination of multinational projects and effecting dialogue between stakeholders. She holds two master's degrees – International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University; Political and International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. She also has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad del Pacifico of Peru. Maria Conte has received awards on three different occasions in recognition of her outstanding work at the OAS.
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    Diana Lucia Talero Castro

    Lawyer specialized in company law, Colombia
    Diana Lucia Talero Castro is a Colombian lawyer specializing in company law. She served as Technical Secretary of the Drafting Committee of the 2013 Secured Transactions Law (Law 1676) and its implementing regulations, as a member of the Drafting Committee of the 2006 Business Insolvency Act (Law 1116) and the 2012 Insolvency of Natural Persons Act (Law 1564). Ms. Talero shared many of the “lessons learned” from these reforms to benefit others in the context of the OAS Secured Transactions Project. Ms. Talero is a graduate of Javeriana University of Colombia, Fellow of INSOL International, an independent consultant and lecturer at the University of the Andes and National University in Colombia.
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    Jeannette Michelle Elisabeth Tramhel

    Senior Legal Officer, Department of International Law, Organization of American States (OAS)
    Jeannette Michelle Elisabeth Tramhel is a Senior Legal Officer with the Department of International Law at the Organization of American States (OAS) where she is responsible for topics in private international law and the OAS Secured Transactions Project. She has worked with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL Secretariat), the Government of Canada, has practiced corporate/commercial law in the private sector and has taught courses in international trade, business law and legal research. She is a member of the bar in New York and Ontario (Canada). Ms. Tramhel holds law degrees from Queen's University (LL.B.) (Canada) and Georgetown (LL.M., with distinction) and a Master’s in Environmental Design.
  • OHADA, a Legal Instrument for Economic and Social Development in 17 African States

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    Boubacar Sidiki Diarrah

    Director of Legal Affairs, Documentation and Communication, OHADA
    Boubacar Sidiki Diarrah is a Senior magistrate of exceptional grade and a national of Mali. He holds a Doctorate Degree in private law and is an international mediator-arbitrator at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID), Washington. In 2013, he was appointed as Director of Legal Affairs, Documentation and Communication at the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA). In this capacity, he also acts as Manager of the project on the update of Uniform Acts which is financed by the Investment Climate Facility Fund for Africa (ICF). Prior to holding this position, Mr. Diarrah has acted in recent years as State Controller; Judge in corruption and financial crime matters; and Deputy State Attorney of Bamako-Mali. Mr. Diarrah has also conducted trainings at the Higher Regional School of Magistracy for OHADA countries, in Benin, and been a Legal Evaluator for ECOWAS.
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    Mahutodji Jimmy Vital Kodo

    Technical Advisor to the President of the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration, Organization for Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
    Before joining the Court, he has practiced law in Paris and Nanterre (France) and served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Paris-Est Creteil, France. He holds law degrees respectively from University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin (Master’s Degree), University of Lille 2, France (LL.M), and University of Paris-Est Creteil (LL.D). In 2008, Mr Kodo co-authored the Annotated OHADA Code, published by Editions Francis Lefebvre (France).
  • International Justice and the Governance of World Fisheries: The Case Study of the Advisory Opinion of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

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    Aboubacar Fall

    Lawyer, GENI & KEBE
    Aboubacar Fall is a Partner of GENI & KEBE. He advises on commercial matters, with a focus on Shipping, Environmental law, Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). Named in Financial Afrik as one of the 100 economic and financial influencers in Africa in 2014, Dr. Fall has practiced law in Senegal and France as well as being Principal Legal Counsel of the African Development Bank for over 10 years and 3 years as a member and President of the Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF). Dr. Fall holds a PhD (Rouen Haute-Normandie, France), a Masters in International Transportation (Sorbonne, France) and a LLM (University of Washington, USA).
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    Victor Mosoti

    (details forthcoming)


Sponsorship Opportunities

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

LJD Week 2015 is proudly sponsored by several outside partners. Each partner brings a unique set of expertize that may be of interest to you. Details on this year’s sponsors are below for easy reference. We hope to see you visiting them at LJD Week 2015 where they will be ready to share with you more information on what they do and how they can help you.

ABA – Section of International Law

Founded in 1933, the Section of International Law is the leader in the development of policy in the international arena, the promotion of the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities.

The Section's purposes are to promote interest, activity, and research in international and comparative law and related areas; to further its development; to diffuse knowledge among members of the legal profession and others; to formulate professional opinion thereon; to promote professional relationships with lawyers similarly engaged in foreign countries; and to implement Goal IV of the Association – “To advance the rule of law in the

American University – Washington College of Law

American University's Washington College of Law (WCL) equips students in unique ways to navigate our modern, essentially borderless world, where economic, political, and social changes require innovative legal analysis and solutions. A top law school that provides an excellent legal education in all areas of the law, WCL has renowned programs in experiential learning (clinics and externships), international law, law and government, intellectual property, business, and gender. These vital programs create an environment rich with opportunities. WCL’s new Tenley campus, where classes will begin on January 11, 2016, is a unique 8 ½-acre space one block from the AU-Tenleytown Metro station and a few stops from downtown Washington, D.C. Designed to facilitate student-faculty interaction, this new campus fulfills our long-held vision to create a legal center that inspires our entire community and reflects our proud history and promising future.


CAF is a development bank created in 1970, made up by 19 countries - 17 of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal- as well as 14 private banks in the region. It promotes a sustainable development model through credit operations, non-reimbursable resources, and support in the technical and financial structuring of projects in the public and private sectors of Latin America.


Cordaid believes that power imbalances, whether in the areas of politics, economy, security or religion, are amongst the root causes of fragility. The overriding challenge, in countries and societies marked by conflict, lies in restoring trust and social cohesion, both at community level and between communities and the state. To enable communities to flourish, Cordaid works on the three cornerstones of a flourishing community:

1. Security & Justice: strengthening responsive state institutions and community structures that ensure protection for people, freedom from fear and access to justice for all

2. Governance & Services: building strong and effective institutions that are responsive to people’s and communities’ needs and interests, including social services like healthcare and education

3. Economic Opportunities: ensuring access to basic economic and financial services to guarantee peoples right to earn a decent living and contribute to inclusive economic growth

George Washington University Law School

GW Law Welcomes the Law, Justice and Development Week 2015 Participants.


The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics. International IDEA produces comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution building, political participation and representation, and democracy and development, as well as on democracy as it relates to gender, diversity, and conflict and security.

Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development

The establishment of the Kuwait Fund by the State of Kuwait, a developing country, in 1961 and immediately after gaining independence, was a remarkable event, reflecting the wisdom and farsightedness of the country's leadership. Kuwait Fund, which was originally established to promote economic development in the Arab world, has expanded its mandate in 1974 to cover all developing countries. This initiative of development cooperation launched more than five decades ago envisioned not only the importance of transferring real financial resources to developing countries, but it also emphasized the significance of advisory services for the planning and implementation of development projects and programmes. The Fund's development operations covered projects in various sectors, including agriculture, communications, energy, industry, transport, water and sanitation, in addition to supporting small and medium private sector projects through lines of credit extended to national development banks and various social development funds. This sectoral coverage was expanded in 2001 to include the health and education sectors as well.

LexisNexis Legal & Professional

LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional helps professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. The company, which serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.


The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit, public-interest company working collaboratively across and with multiple organizations to advance and apply science, technology, systems engineering, and strategy to complex problems of national and global significance. We enable governments, non-governmental agencies, and the private sector to make better decisions and implement cost-effective solutions. Established in 1958 to provide sponsors with conflict-free, independent, and objective assessments of their most difficult problems, our core areas of expertise include systems engineering, cybersecurity, advanced technologies, and acquisition effectiveness. Additionally, MITRE maintains an independent research program that explores new and expanded uses of technologies to solve our sponsors' problems. We pair this core expertise with in-depth domain knowledge in areas such as enterprise modernization, finance, fraud detection, corruption and improper payment, healthcare, aviation, cybersecurity, and judicial reform and modernization. Internationally, MITRE is advising partner nations and international bodies in these areas. MITRE's staff of more than 7,000 employees is currently working with sponsors at more than 70 sites around the world.



Main entrance for registered participants
1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433

Security procedure
Please bring a valid photo ID (such as your national passport) to enter the World Bank premises.

Collection of identification passes
Please 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.

The loss of an identification pass must be reported immediately to the registration desk or security personnel.


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.


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


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:

The St. Gregory Luxury
2033 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. (202) 530 3611

Hampton Inn Washington
1729 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433
Tel. (202) 296-1006

AKA White House
1710 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tel. (202) 904-2500

Hotel Lombardy
2019 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20006
Tel. (202) 828-2600

Club Quarters Hotel
839 17th Street NW,
Washington D.C. 20006
Tel. (202) 463-6400


For additional information, please send an email to


  • WHEN: November 16-20, 2015
  • WHERE: World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC
  • LANGUAGE: All sessions during the Law, Justice and Development Week 2015 will be in English with no translation, except on Wednesday when translation to Arabic is available. Translation to other languages may be arranged as planning LJD Week 2015 evolves but is not guaranteed.
  • Hashtag: #LJDWeek2015
  • Registration: is now closed
  • CONTACT: LJD Week 2015 Team 

Law, Justice and Development Week