WHAT IS THE GLOBAL FORUM ON LAW, JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT (GFLJD)?
GFLJD is a permanent forum that seeks to connect experts and stakeholders from around the world. Additionally, GFLJD provides a mechanism for continuous and efficient knowledge exchange and for the cogeneration of innovative solutions to development challenges based on efficiency, equity and justice. GFLJD is supported by an advanced technological platform.
WHEN WAS GFLJD LAUNCHED?
The GFLJD was officially launched during the World Bank Group Law, Justice and Development Week in November 2011, where Partners attended the signing ceremony of the letters of endorsement.
The GFLJD was initiated by the World Bank and stemmed from feedback received during the World Bank Law, Justice and Development Week of 2010 about the need for development experts, legal practitioners, policy makers, and academics to stay connected to discuss issues on a more permanent basis and to have opportunities to cogenerate innovative solutions to development challenges.
WHAT ARE GFLJD'S OBJECTIVES?
The key objectives of GFLJD are:
- To strengthen and promote a better understanding of the role of law and justice for a sustainable development through structured North-South and South-South dialogue;
- To better integrate legal and judicial institutions in the development process to increase development effectiveness;
- To encourage the cogeneration of innovative legal solutions to development issues; and
- To support knowledge dissemination by a free access, use and sharing of legal solutions to development challenges.
WHAT ARE GFLJD ACTIVITIES?
GFLJD activities may take different forms, including but not limited to:
- Carrying out research and assessment of regulations/legislations and legal and policy analysis
- Providing guidance and precedents
- Carrying out data collection and action research
- Institutional analysis
- Database of experts, peer reviewers, practitioners
- Training materials and capacity building
Also, a number of high-level events have taken place as of today.
WHAT ARE GFLJD'S AREAS OF FOCUS?
Based on the areas of interest expressed by GFLJD Partners, there are currently three open Working Groups (WGs) with particular areas of focus. Additionally, GFLJD Partners have been working on various projects outside of WGs. New areas of focus are constantly on the horizon depending on interest received from GFLJD Partners.
WHO ARE GFLJD PARTNERS?
GFLJD Partnership is made up of a broad group of think-tanks, regional and international organizations, international financial institutions, governments, judiciaries, the private sector, and civil society organizations. GFLJD, initiated by the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency and some of its partners, has over the years attracted a broad spectrum of intellectual development partners (see List of Partners).
WHO CAN BECOME A GFLJD PARTNER?
Think-tanks, regional and international organizations, international financial institutions, governments, judiciaries, the private sector, and civil society organizations who are interested in the GFLJD’s mission are invited to join by signing a letter of endorsement, expressing therefore their commitment to contribute intellectually and/or financially to the GFLJD.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A GFLJD PARTNER?
As the GFLJD connects pockets of more readily shared knowledge, partners participating in the knowledge sharing, research, or dissemination components of GFLJD will benefit from Cross Global Knowledge Translation, i.e. they will have continuous opportunity to contribute to, and play a key role in the sharing of knowledge and evaluation of shared program outcomes and get new legal solutions to their own development issues.
WHO GOVERNS GFLJD?
All Partners have an important role in the GFLJD governance through its five bodies:
- The Steering Committee (SC) - a supreme governing body of the GFLJD composed of members who represent financial and intellectual Partners of GFLJD.
- The GFLJD Secretariat - a technical and administrative supporting body of the GFLJD.
- The Working Groups - are co-led by two or more intellectual Partners that will be accountable for the management and outputs of the overall working group.
WHO FUNDS GFLJD?
GFLJD Partners provide in-kind contributions and/or financial contributions. In-kind contributions include intellectual activities, publications, products, and expertise. Financial Partners’ contribution can be pooled in the Multidonor Trust Fund, or channeled via Single donor Freestanding Trust Fund, Externally Funded Outputs or provided directly to intellectual Partners via parallel financing.
WHERE IS GFLJD LOCATED?
GFLJD is a virtual permanent forum that does not have headquarters, except for its Secretariat which is hosted by the World Bank and located at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC.
HOW TO CONTACT GFLJD?
c/o The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20433
Mail stop MC6-607
HOW TO BECOME PART OF OR CONTRIBUTE TO GFLJD?
If you wish to become a Global Forum Partner, contribute financially, or make in-kind contributions, kindly contact the GFLJD Secretariat at email@example.com.