Law, Justice and Development Week 2016: Law, Climate Change and Development
December 5-9, 2016World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

The Law, Justice and Development Week 2016 will convene a broad community of development professionals who use law and justice tools to battle poverty and boost shared prosperity. The theme for this year’s event is “Law, Climate Change and Development”.

On Earth Day this year, more than 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, setting an all-time record for the number of countries signing international agreement on a single day. The Paris Agreement sets out a global action plan to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C. Now, the world’s attention is shifting from negotiation to implementation. Implementing the Paris Agreement will require new laws, new regulations, and unprecedented levels of international legal cooperation.

In November, the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change will meet again, this time in Marrakech, to flesh out the decisions taken in Paris. And in December, LJD Week 2016 will bring the world’s development lawyers together to begin realizing the commitments of the Paris Agreement. This conference will be a key milestone in developing the legal and regulatory framework to accelerate our global transition to low carbon economies.

LJD Week 2016 will mark an historic opportunity to focus on the processes that will be needed to capture the Paris commitments in laws which set national targets and make them binding and enforceable; laws that permit countries to achieve greater energy efficiency; and laws that require far reaching changes in national energy systems, and in agricultural and manufacturing practices.

For more details, please refer to the Information Note.

Law, Climate Change and Development is the theme for the first two days of LJD Week 2016. 
Climate Change Days Background Note


IFI Day on the third day is devoted to sessions that will explore issues common to many or most International Financial Institutions. IFI Day Background Note

Global Forum Days on the fourth and fifth days are devoted to any issue of interest to partners of the Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development, including but not limited to climate change. Global Forum Day Background Note

Law, Justice and Development Week 2016 Information Note



Connect4Climate People’s Media Zone

Complementary to LJD Week 2016 and the Annual Meetings for the Climate Investment Funds, the People's Media Zone, a 3 day-long communication initiative organized by Connect4Climate, will offer an interactive media hub and gathering space for conference attendees, students, NGOs and private sector representatives designed to facilitate interaction and engagement between the high level policy sessions/discussions and relevant mainstream media.
Since the World Bank is hosting the Annual Meetings for the Climate Investment Funds during that week, the People’s Media Zone will widen its engagement to include other “TED-type talks” on topics covered during these meetings. The overarching narrative for the People’s Media Zone will be climate action and implementing solutions, as viewed through a legal and youth lens.
• Day 1 — Stories and Solutions.
• Day 3 — Leading for Solutions.
• Day 4 — Policies towards Solutions.

The Law, Justice and Development Week 2016 is organized by the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank.

A Program (subject to change) is now available. Updates will be posted as soon as they become available. All sessions during the Law, Justice and Development Week 2016 will be in English with no translation.

Program (Electronic/App version)

Program Booklet (pdf version)

Links for sessions broascasted live on YouTube

Sessions are organized in 3 main tracks



Keynote Speakers


All sessions during the Law, Justice and Development Week 2016 will be in English with no translation.


Participant Category

Regular Registration
(September 21 to November 11, 2016
11:59pm Eastern Standard Time)

Late Registration
(November 12 to November 18, 2016
11:59pm Eastern Standard Time)

  • Regular
    (a) Week
    (b) Day




  • Students
    (a) Week
    (b) Day




  • Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development Partners
  • Government Officials
  • International Monetary Fund Staff
  • International Organizations
  • NGOs
  • Public Institutions
  • Speakers
  • Sponsors
  • World Bank Group Staff
  • World Bank Group Alumni







Cancelation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing addressed to and received by November 18, 2016, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, 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.

Registration will close on November 18, 2016, at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time, no exceptions.


Law, Justice and Development Week 2016 Sponsors



Sponsorship Opportunities

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


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 3600

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: December 5-9, 2016
  • Registration: Closed on November 18, 11:59 pm EST
  • Where: World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC
  • Contact:

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