The World Justice Forum III


The World Justice Forum III, held from June 20-23, 2011, in Barcelona, Spain, brought together over 400 leaders from more than 100 countries. During Forum III, participants designed nearly 50 new, innovative multidisciplinary projects to strengthen the rule of law around the world.

Among others the Forum featured remarks from: Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe; William H. Gates, Sr., Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Cherie Booth, Co-Founder of the Africa Justice Foundation; and Adama Dieng, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. Justice Arthur Chaskalson, former Chief Justice of South Africa, and Aruna Roy, who spearheaded efforts to enact India’s ground-breaking Right to Information Act through her organization MKSS, were honored with the inaugural World Justice Project Rule of Law Award.

Findings from the WJP Rule of Law Index 2011 report, covering 66 countries and jurisdictions around the globe, were publicly presented for the first time at the Forum.

The Forum facilitated engaging discussion on ten critical rule of law issues, which were addressed through topical panels and project design sessions. The issues covered included, among others: Economic Development and the Rule of Law; The Rule of Law and Fair Elections; The Rule of Law, the Environment, and Public Health; and Freedom of the Press, Access to Information, and the Rule of Law. Project design sessions on these topics succeeded in generating creative yet practical projects to advance the rule of law.