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LAW, JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT WEEK 2020 | Review of Legal Experiences and Global Best Practices Related to COVID-19

November 19, 2020




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As the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD) launches its most recent publication on legal experiences and global best practices around the COVID-19 pandemic, this session aims to highlight perspectives from some of the contributors and posit the resource in the larger policy context. In line with its objective to congregate stakeholders around key policy topics as well as to share and co-generate knowledge, GFLJD is delighted to host four highly distinguished panelists to explore the important topics of COVID-19 response and lessons-learnt for the handling of future public emergencies.

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    Sandie Okoro

    Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, and Vice President of Compliance, World Bank

    Sandie Okoro is the principal advisor and spokesperson on all legal matters for the world’s leading development finance institution. She heads the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank where international development legal experts provide legal services essential to World Bank activities and operations. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Okoro had been General Counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management, Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management, and Global General Counsel at Barings.


    Dayna Bowen Matthew

    Dean, The George Washington University Law School

    Dean Matthew is a leader in public health and civil rights law who focuses on racial disparities in health care. She joined GWU Law in 2020 from the University of Colorado and more recently from the University of Virginia Law faculty.

    Dean Matthew has taken on many public policy roles throughout her distinguished career; and practiced as a civil litigator both in Kentucky and Virginia. She is the author of the book Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care as well as several articles on health and antitrust law topics.


    H.E. Edwin Tong

    Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, Singapore

    As Second Minister for Law, Mr. Tong focuses on the development and promotion of Singapore’s legal and dispute resolution sector at the Ministry of Law. He handles wide-ranging aspects of law reform, including intellectual property, corporate restructuring and insolvency, and the recent COVID-19 temporary measures legislation.

    Before taking office, Mr. Tong practiced at Allen & Gledhill, where he was concurrently Head of the Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, and a member of the Exco. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015.


    Alberto Rodriguez

    Director, Strategy and Operations, Human Development Practice Group, World Bank

    Alberto Rodriguez is responsible for the strategy and operational aspects of the World Bank’s global portfolio and activities in Health, Education, Gender, Social Protection and Jobs.

    He has more than 25 years of experience in international development, with a strong emphasis on human capital and education sector policies.  Among his leadership positions, Mr. Rodriguez has been Senior Adviser to the Vice President in Latin American and the Caribbean Region at the World Bank; Regional Director for Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador, and Manager for the Education Sector in the Europe and Central Asia Region.


    Vikram Raghavan (Moderator)

    Lead Counsel, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank

    Vikram Raghavan works on a range of legal and policy issues relating to conflict, fragility, and violence, the Bank’s mandate, policy-based lending, refugees and displacement, humanitarian crises and disasters, debt, and sanctions.


  • FORMAT: Panel
  • DATE: November 19
  • TIME: 9:00 - 10:00 AM ET
  • ACCESS: Public