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Law, Justice and Development Week 2018 - Rights, Protection and Development

November 5-9, 2018

Washington DC



Message from the Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel

Program in PDF | LJDWEEK2018 APP | Video Library

The Law, Justice and Development Week 2018:

  • Explored the link between rights and protection to economically empower disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and groups.
  • Examined how upholding rights and protection may affect development outcomes, especially in fragile contexts, and how such approach may contribute to reducing poverty and boosting prosperity with a focus on the impact for refugees.
  • Identified the role multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector may play in advancing rights and protection.

LJDWEEK2018 by the Numbers

  • As the burgeoning development agenda is shaped by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Bank Group must strengthen its understanding of relevant normative principles and applicable legal obligations. Peace, stability, human rights, accountable institutions and effective governance based on the rule of law are the sine qua non of sustainable development and are at the crux of the Bank’s development agenda. This development agenda cannot however be accomplished and the Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity cannot be met without close collaboration among a plethora of diverse actors in the public as well as private sectors.

    The Bank has for decades been expanding its collaboration with other regional banks and international financial institutions (IFIs) to tackle the grappling consequences of indigence, fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) and other related hardships. Adoption of the SDGs in 2015 has further deepened and matured in an historic partnership between the Bank and the UN and other stakeholders to support Member States and contribute to effective development outcomes. While, the recently launched Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) platform to coordinate support for economic migration and forced displacement is yet another impetus to acknowledge the indispensable nexus of rights and protection with relevant normative principles and applicable legal obligations.

    In addition to public resources, the Bank has continually been looking for novel ways to crowd in private sector investment. Among them, the Bank’s Maximizing Finance for Development (MFD) approach entails leveraging the private sector in ways that optimize the use of scarce public resources. Private institutional investors continue to recognize the importance of rights and protection in development through the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing. At the same time, rights and protection are weighing more into investment considerations due to the opportunities they yield as well as the risks they pose.

    While rights and protection are fittingly the focus of the 2018 LJD Week, combining increased private sector interest in responsible investing with the Bank’s MFD approach serve as the backdrop for LJD Week 2018.

    Knowledge and experience sharing, engagement, exploration and dialogue around issues of mutual interest are at the core of the LJD Week. We will have an emphasis on interactive, audience-engaging sessions that will be live on social media. The majority of LJD Week 2018 sessions will take place in shorter, more digestible formats. The Bank will be hosting a Digital Media Zone (DMZ), that is a digital social media platform as well as a physical location at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. DMZ sessions are slated to be 30 minutes long to allow for fast-paced knowledge and information sharing. There will also be selected panel discussions, poster displays, and question & answer sessions.


    Agenda for LJD Week 2018, with sessions selected from over 300 proposals received.










    Each day of LJD Week 2018 will center on the following focus areas.

    Day 1 & 2 — Rights, Protection and Development Days
    The final events will be selected based on the responses to the call for proposals.  The topics that will receive priority consideration include:

    • Issues related to displaced persons or refugees relating to Fragile, Conflict and Violence affected states. This includes issues relating to preventing negative impacts of forced displacement, strengthening resilience to those who stay behind, supporting host communities, helping the forcibly displaced, and supporting returnees and returning communities. This also includes addressing issues of sexual and gender-based violence; sexual exploitation and abuse, restitution, truth and reconciliation.
    • Links between rights and economic empowerment of disadvantaged or vulnerable individuals or groups. Disadvantaged or vulnerable individuals or groups include those discriminated against based on the following factors: age, gender, ethnicity, religion, physical, mental or other disability, social, civic, or health status, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic disadvantages or indigenous status, and/or dependence on unique natural resources.
    • Ability to exercise rights. This includes access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, interacting with public institutions, representation in public institutions (such as courts), safe transport and infrastructure.
    • Digital rights. This includes rights to privacy, digital identification, data protection, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
    • Case studies and success stories. This will include examples of projects where rights and protection had a significant impact on development outcomes. Examples of projects involving private investment are encouraged.

    Day 3 — International Financial Institution (IFI) Day
    The IFI Day will explore issues common to International Financial Institutions, with a focus on Rights, Protection and Development and other selected topics. The highlight of the IFI Day will include a roundtable discussion between the various multilateral development bank general counsel. Other topics to be covered will be of interest to international financial institutions including:

    • The World Bank Environmental and Social Framework.
    • Data privacy and protection issues.
    • Development finance emerging trends and their implications on the IDA Inaugural Bond.
    • Refugee finance and related instruments.
    • Managing risk around public private partnerships.
    • Legal implications of disruptive technologies on IFIs.

    Day 4 — World Bank Group Day
    The World Bank day will focus on issues related to World Bank Group Operations and activities. These sessions will be open to all staff members of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. The sessions will focus on the following topics:

    • Environmental and Social Framework
    • Maximizing Finance for Development
    • Disruptive Technologies
    • FCV issues
    • Gender
    • Data privacy

    There will also be a meeting of the Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD) Steering Committee and their working groups.  The sessions related to the GFLJD will be open to members of the GFLJD.

    Day 5 — Legal Vice Presidency Day
    The Legal Vice Presidency Day will allow for the sharing of knowledge and best practices within LEG through diverse training opportunities around rights, protection and development.  These sessions are open only to members of the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank.

    Sessions for the Legal Vice Presidency learnings will be focused on practical skills development. Topics for learning will be related to the Legal Vice Presidency Thematic Working Groups and topics as requested by LEG staff. Each LEG unit will also have a team meeting to discuss learning topics directly related to their individual work programs.



    This year’s LJD Week will place enhanced emphasis on shorter and more creative session formats. Sessions will therefore be between 7 and 30 minutes long and can be followed live through social media to further interaction and engagement.

    Panel and Roundtable formats will not be offered as options in the call for proposals. These formats will be reserved for gatherings of development partners and other stakeholders to discuss specific development priorities identified by the LJD Week Team.



    What—Presentation of a well-formed and compelling new idea that challenges existing beliefs. Presentation is under 15 minutes.
    Who—One speaker.
    Duration—15 minutes followed by Q&A.
    How—Presentation format.


    What—Presentation in which the presenter shares creative and innovative ideas, thoughts, etc.
    Who—One speaker at a time. Session includes several consecutive presenters.
    Duration—Circa 7 minutes.
    How—Presentation format where maximum 20 slides are shown for maximum 20 seconds each to keep the talk concise and fast-paced.  Presentation will be timed.


    What—Interview with approximately five questions. Answers are as succinct as possible.
    Who—One speaker and one interviewer.
    Duration—30 minutes.
    How—An interviewer will pose challenging questions to the speaker. Questions and answers may be prepared in advance.


    What—Fast-paced conversation between 2-3 speakers, where different points of view around a common, well identified and explained topic are covered. The conversation is well prepared and appears informal and natural.
    Who—Two (or maximum three) speakers.
    Duration—30 minutes.
    How—Two speakers sit on armchairs facing each other. The discussion topic is initially presented in three minutes by one of the speakers that will be followed by a back-and-forth between the speakers. Last two minutes are devoted to summary and wrap up.


    What—The topic is presented by two sides (prosecutor and defendant) that are in disagreement and try to convince the audience (jury) by arguing in favor or against the topic presented at the beginning by the moderator.
    Who—Two speakers and a moderator.
    Duration—30 minutes.
    How—The topic is introduced by the moderator in the first three minutes. Subsequently, the moderator opens the floor to the two experts, each of whom have three minutes to present their own side/angle. A debate between the two experts follows for 10 minutes. In the end, the audience will vote to decide which argument was more convincing.


    What—Questions around a common theme are submitted by LJD Week 2018 participants and answered by an expert.
    Who—One speaker.
    Duration—30 minutes.
    How—Session will kick off with a short, maximum 5-minute-long presentation and the remainder of the allotted time will be spent answering queries. LJD Week team will solicit questions among LJD Week 2018 participants in advance. Questions are submitted and vetted by LJD Week team following submission. Speaker will get the chance in advance to select queries s/he wishes to answer during this session. Answers are as succinct as possible.


    What—Game or quiz with audience.
    Who—One or multiple speakers.
    Duration—30 minutes.
    How—This format allows for a lot of flexibility around the “how.” It can be a quiz for the audience with questions related to a topic or a game with the audience. Speaker(s) will be responsible for providing the solution and explanation after each quiz.

  • Registration is now open and will close on October 22, 2018 for all participants. Onsite registration will be available starting on November 5.

    The registration fee includes all sessions and events on November 5-7, except where indicated otherwise on the program. Registration to attend only one day is not available.

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

    Participant Category


    August 1-August 31, 2018


    September 1-October 22, 2018


    November 5-9, 2018

    Regular Participants




    GFLJD Members$100$200$400

    must register from a desktop computer and upload a copy of their student IDs.




    SPONSORS—Do not need to register. Registration will be managed by LJD Week team.

    SPEAKERS, MODERATORS, PANELISTS, COORDINATORS OF CONFIRMED LJDWEEK2018 SESSIONS—Do not need to register. Registration will be managed by LJD Week team.

    INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND STAFF—Free registration. Register here with your IMF email address (@imf.org).

    WORLD BANK GROUP STAFF—Free registration. Register in OLC.

    WORLD BANK GROUP ALUMNI/RETIREES—Free registration. WBG Alumni/Retirees can use their World Bank Group IDs to enter the Bank's Main Complex and attend the sessions.






    Main Entrance for Registered Participants

    1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433.



    Collection of Identification Passes

    Please bring a valid photo ID (such as your national passport) and your registration confirmation to collect your identification pass and event badge at the registration desk. Your identification pass will be valid for the whole week and will be required when you wish to enter Bank premises. For identification and security reasons, participants must display their identification passes visibly at all times while in the Bank premises.



    Disability Accommodations

    The World Bank will provide reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities as long as we are informed of special needs in writing at the time of registration. Please contact ljdweek@worldbank.org 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 requiredhttp://travel.state.gov/visa.

    Visa Invitation Letter

    Attendees who have paid their registration fees in full can generate a visa invitation letter to assist with their visa application to attend LJDWeek2018. Please follow these steps:

    • Go to LJDWeek2018 Registration Page
    • Click Already Registered? at the bottom of the page
    • Enter email address and confirmation number
    • Click OK
    • On the confirmation page, click Registrant Visa Letter to generate the visa letter in pdf.

    Arrangements for Participants

    All event-related-expenses, travel, accommodation, medical insurance and other arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.



    Metro Directions

    The nearest station on the Orange Line is Farragut West (about 2 blocks from the main World Bank building). The nearest station on the Red Line is Farragut North (about 3-4 blocks from the main building). For more information about the Washington, DC metro, see Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Most trains arriving to Washington, DC arrive at Union Station. To get to the World Bank, either take a taxi or take the Red Line Metro from Union Station to Farragut North. From there, it is about 3-4 blocks to the main World Bank building. For more train information, see Amtrak.




    Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. We urge participants to make reservations as soon as possible since local hotels fill up quickly. The Hotels near the World Bank are:



    The St. Gregory Luxury

    2033 M Street NW Washington, DC 20036, Tel. (202) 530 3600



    Hampton Inn Washington

    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