The Hague | July 10-13, 2017

The World Justice Forum® is the premier international event for the rule of law. Join global and community leaders – from an array of sectors and interests – as they share insights, explore strategies, and develop solutions for advancing peace, equity, and opportunity.

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Monday, 10 July

All sessions will take place at the World Forum Convention Center, 10 Churchillplein, The Hague, unless otherwise noted

Forum Registration Opens 
| Onyx, Level 1

Expo Opens 
| Onyx, Level 1

Plenary Keynote Conversation 
| King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

  • The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States (USA)
  • Dean Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean, Stanford Law School (USA)

Welcome Reception
The Hague Marriott Hotel, Johan de Wittlaan 30, 2517 JR The Hague

  • WELCOME: Mr. Gerold W. Libby, General Counsel and Secretary, World Justice Project (USA
  • INTRODUCTION: Dr. Sam Muller, CEO, HiiL Innovating Justice (Netherlands)
  • REMARKS: Hon. Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor, City of The Hague (Netherlands)

Tuesday, 11 July

Welcome & Introduction 
| King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

  • Mr. William H. Neukom, Founder and CEO, World Justice Project (USA)

Opening Plenary Keynote Panel: "The Rule of Law in a Time of Geopolitical Change" 
| King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

  • MODERATOR: Mr. William C. Hubbard, Chairman of the Board, World Justice Project (USA)
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Botero, Executive Director, World Justice Project (Colombia)
  • Dean Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean, Stanford Law School (USA)
  • Mr. John Nery, Editor-in-Chief, (Philippines)
  • Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Co-Founder and Global Ambassador, ReimagineSA (South Africa)

Coffee Break | Lobby First Floor, Level 1

Practical Programs to Advance the Rule of Law: Inspiration and Introduction to Working Sessions 
| King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

  • MODERATOR: Mr. James R. Silkenat, Director and Vice President, World Justice Project (USA)
  • Ms. Radha Friedman, Director of Programs, World Justice Project (USA)
  • Ms. Sreerupa Chowdhury, Co-Founder, Bribe Hackers (India)
  • Ms. Caitlin Fisher, Co-Founder, Guerreiras Project (Brazil)
  • Mr. Reinford Mwangonde, Executive Director, Citizens for Justice (Malawi)
  • Mr. Shyam Pokharel, Co-Founder, SASANE (Nepal)

Working Session I - Local Program Ideas

  1. Access to Information | Africa, Level 0
  2. Anti-Corruption | Europe 2, Level 0
  3. Arts & the Rule of Law  | Everest 1, Level 2
  4. Business & Supply Chains  | Oceania, Level 0
  5. Customary & Informal Justice  | Central America, Level 0
  6. Education  | Asia, Level 0
  7. Engaging Youth  | South America, Level 0
  8. Environmental Justice  | Antarctica, Level 0
  9. Land & Livelihoods  | Europe 1, Level 0
  10. Post-Conflict Justice  | Kilimanjaro 1&2, Level 2
  11. Security & Counter-Terrorism  | Everest 2, Level 2
  12. Women, Girls and Health  | North America, Level 0

 | Princess Alexia + Princess Amalia, Level 0

Concurrent Topical Panels

A. Combatting Corruption: New Approaches and Proven Strategies  | Amazon, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Dr. Daniel Zovatto, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, International IDEA (Chile)
  • Ms. Sreerupa Chowdhury, Co-Founder, Bribe Hackers (India)
  • Eng. Martin Manuhwa, Vice President, and chair of Anticorruption Committee, World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) (Zimbabwe)
  • Mr. Raymond Ng, Director of Community Relations, Independent Commission Against Corruption (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Dr. Fadli Zon, Vice Speaker, Indonesian Parliament; Chair, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) (Indonesia)

B. Data-Driven Criminal Justice Reform | Mississippi, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Ms. Hilarie Bass, President-Elect, American Bar Association (USA)
  • Dr. Alejandro Ponce, Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project (Mexico)
  • Mr. Vikrant Reddy, Senior Research Fellow, Criminal Justice and Policing Reform, Charles Koch Institute (USA)
  • Prof. Barry Scheck, Co-Director, Innocence Project (USA)

C. Examining the Closing Space for Civil Society Worldwide | Princess Ariane, Level 0

  • MODERATOR: Ms. Elizabeth Andersen, Director, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association (ABA-ROLI) (USA)
  • Ms. Saskia Brechenmacher, Associate Fellow, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (USA)
  • Ms. Ingrid Srinath, Director, Centre for Social Impact & Philanthropy, Ashoka University (India)
  • Dr. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVICUS (Australia)

D. How Rule of Law Matters to Public Health | Yangtze 1&2, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Dr. Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina (USA)
  • Hon. Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake, Judge of the High Court of Botswana; Judge of Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone; Co-Chair African Think Tank on HIV, Health and Social Justice - UNAIDS (Botswana)
  • Dr. Angela Pinzon, Professor of Medicine, University of Rosario (Colombia)

Reception | First Floor Lobby & Onyx, Level 1

Film Screening: "Presunto Culpable" (Presumed Guilty) | Mississippi, Level 1

  • Discussion following, with Director/Producer Mr. Roberto Hernández (Mexico)


Wednesday, 12 July

Plenary Keynote Panel: "The Importance of Credible, Independent Reporting in a Polarized Political Climate" 
| King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

  • MODERATOR: Mr. Ethan Bronner, Senior Editor, Bloomberg News (USA)
  • Ms. Najiba Ayubi, Managing Director, Killid Group (Afghanistan)
  • Mr. Turkey Representative, Committee to Protect Journalists (Turkey)
  • Prof. John Temple, Associate Adjunct Professor and Managing Editor, Investigative Reporting Program, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California - Berkeley (USA)

Coffee Break | Lobby First Floor, Level 1

Working Sessions II - Skills Development

  1. "Finding Champions To Advance Your Cause and Accelerate Your Work," Celes Eckerman, Co-Founder, Galvanize Partners (USA) | Africa, Level 0
  2. "Communicating Complex Rule of Law Issues to Different Audiences & Media," Patrick Goodness, CEO, The Goodness Company (Costa Rica) | Antarctica, Level 0
  3. "Measuring Justice: Tools & Technology from HiiL's Justice Innovation Lab," Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (Netherlands) | Asia, Level 0
  4. "Global Legal Inclusion: Legal Empowerment for the Legally Excluded," Patricia van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Microjustice4All (Netherlands) | Oceania, Level 0
  5. "Worth A Thousand Words: Responsible Photography & Social Media for ROL Programs," Deborah Espinosa, Principal, Same Sky Consulting (USA) | South America, Level 0
  6. "Out of the Box Rule of Law: Using Technology and Psychology to Improve Your ROL Work," Nathalie Tran, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Poland)  | Central America, Level 0

Brown Bag Luncheon: Participant-Led Sessions | Princess Alexia + Princess Ariane, Level 0

  1. "Constitution-Building in Post-Conflict Societies," Sumit Bisarya, International IDEA (Netherlands) | Africa, Level 0
  2. "The Rule of Law for Human Rights in ASEAN: The Path to Integration," Aviva Nababan, Governing Board Member of the Human Rights Resource Center (Indonesia) Europe 1, Level 0
  3. "Developing Digital Identities for Stateless Refugees," Jeff Aresty, Institute, Inc. (USA) | South America, Level 0
  4. "Enabling Investment and Innovation: The Critical Role of the Rule of Law for Gender and the Environment," Irum Ahsan, Asian Development Bank (Philippines) | Oceania, Level 0
  5. "Sexual Orientation - from Law to Practice," Wim Monasso, The Hague Platform for Sexual Diversity (Netherlands) | Europe 2, Level 0
  6. "UNSDG 16: How to Measure and Monitor Progress," Marcel Smits, Institute for Economics and Peace (Netherlands) | Antarctica, Level 0
  7. "Developing Guides to Administrative Law for Government Decision-Makers," Dr. Jan van Zyl Smit, Bingham Centre for Rule of Law (UK) | Central America, Level 0

Concurrent Topical Panels II

A. Responding to the Growing Global Refugee Crisis: The Rule of Law for All? | Princess Ariane, Level 0

  • MODERATOR: Amb. David Pressman, Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP (USA)
  • Mr. Jared Genser, Managing Director, Perseus Strategies, LLC (USA)
  • Ms. Linda Klein, President, American Bar Association (USA)
  • Ms. Elisa Massimino, President and CEO, Human Rights First (USA)
  • Mr. Thihan Myo Nyun, Center for Diversity and National Harmony (Myanmar)

B. Using Investigative Journalism to Promote the Rule of Law | Amazon, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Mr. John Nery, Editor-in-Chief, (Philippines)
  • Mr. Dino Jahić, Editor-in-Chief, Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia - (CINS) (Serbia)
  • Mr. Andrew Mambondiyani, Investigative Reporter (Zimbabwe)
  • Ms. Robin McDowell, Reporter, Associated Press (USA)
  • Ms. Robin Wright, Joint Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Contributing Writer, The New Yorker (USA)

C. The Counter-Terrorism Challenge: Competing Narratives on Freedom and Security | Mississippi, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Prof. David Caron, Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and Professor of International Law, King's College London (UK)
  • Dr. Joshua A. Geltzer, Executive Director and Visiting Professor of Law, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown University Law Center (USA)
  • Prof. dr. Marieke de Goede, Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Dr. Cian Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Public International Law, University of Bristol (UK)

D. From Mobile Apps to Big Data: Technology to Promote the Rule of Law | Yangtze 1&2, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Mr. Jeff Aresty, President, Institute (USA)
  • Hon. Abdulla AJ Al-Majid, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Justice (UAE)
  • Mr. Wilfried De Wever, Head of Justice Accelerator, Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (Netherlands)
  • Mr. Carter Draper, Director of Information Technology, iLab Liberia (Liberia)
  • Mr. Amir Sokolowski, Chief Partnerships Officer ​& Senior Legal Analyst, Legal Atlas (UK)
  • Ms. Marietje Schaake, Member, European Parliament (Netherlands) –Pre-recorded address

Coffee Break
 | Lobby First Floor, Level 1

Presentation of the WJP Rule of Law Award and the Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism
 | King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

Plenary Keynote Conversation
 | King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

  • Mr. Jelte van Wieren, Director of the Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (Netherlands)

Reception honoring Rule of Law Award and Anthony Lewis Prize Winners
 | First Floor Lobby & Onyx, Level 1

Evening Events

  • Film Screening: "Tickling Giants" | Mississippi, Level 1
  • Coffeehouse / Open Microphone | First Floor Lobby & Onyx, Level 1
    • HOSTS: Mrs. Lesley Rosenthal, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (USA) and Mr. Ted Rosenthal, Jazz Pianist/Composer; Faculty, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music (USA)


Thursday, 13 July

Plenary Keynote Panel: "Freedom from Influence: Securing Responsible Independence of Judges, Legislators, and Civil Servants"
 | King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

  • MODERATOR: Prof. Margaret Levi, Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University (USA)
  • Mr. Rolf Alter, Director for Public Governance, OECD (Germany)
  • Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Chief Patron: Thuli Madonsela Foundation; former Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa (South Africa)
  • Hon. Willy Mutunga, former Chief Justice of Kenya; Member, Justice Leadership Group (Kenya)
  • Mr. Asryman T. Rafanan, Assistant Ombudsman (Philippines)
  • Hon. El Hadji Mansour Sy, Deputy Speaker, Parliament of Senegal; Co-president, World Council of Religions for Peace (Senegal)

Coffee Break
 | First Floor Lobby, Level 1

Concurrent Topical Panels III

A. The Arts as a Vehicle to Advance the Rule of Law | Mississippi, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Mrs. Lesley Rosenthal, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (USA)
  • Ms. Omotala Jalade Ekeinde, Actress and Philanthropist (Nigeria)

B. Enabling Investment and Innovation: The Critical Role of the Rule of Law | Yangtze 1&2, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Dr. Salaheddin Al-Bashir, Former Minister of Justice of Jordan; Member, Justice Leadership Group (Jordan)
  • Ms. Cate Ambrose, President and Executive Director, Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (Spain)
  • Mr. David Asiamah, Founder, AgroMindset (Ghana)
  • Mr. Minhaj Chowdhury, CEO/Co-Founder, Drinkwell (Bangladesh)
  • Ms. Christina Pak, Counsel, Asian Development Bank (Philippines)

C. Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls: Milestones and Setbacks | Princess Ariane, Level 0

  • MODERATOR: Amanda Gigler, Interim Executive Director, Mama Cash (Spain/Netherlands)
  • Ms. Irum Ahsan, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank (Philippines)
  • Dr. Haifa Al-Hababi, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Interior Design, Prince Sultan University (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ms. Barbara Arnwine, Founder & President, Transformative Justice Coalition (USA)
  • Prof. Aurora De Dios, Executive Director, Women and Gender Institute, Miriam College (Philippines)

D. Harmonizing Formal, Informal, and Customary Justice | Amazon, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Mr. Tim Hanstad, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Landesa (USA)
  • Hon. Hassan Jallow, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of The Gambia (Gambia)
  • Ms. Hilary Tompkins, Partner, Hogan Lovells (USA)
  • Hon. Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé, Ambassador of Bolivia to The Netherlands; former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bolivia (Bolivia)
  • Dr. Ali Wardak, Reader in Criminology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of South Wales (UK)

| Princess Alexia + Princess Ariane, Level 0

Special Session

A. The New Environmental Rule of Law Index: Conceptual Framework, Methodology, and Preliminary Results | Amazon, Level 1

  • MODERATOR: Mr. Seth Davis, Chair, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (USA); Partner, Elias Group LLP (USA)
  • Ms. Sarah Chamness Long, Senior Program Associate, World Justice Project (USA)
  • Ms. Christine Pratt, Program Manager, World Justice Project (USA)
  • Mr. Lee DeHihns, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; Partner, Alston & Bird (USA)
  • Ms. Claudia Rast, Past Chair, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; Shareholder, Butzel Long (USA)
  • Mr. Steve Wolfson, Senior Attorney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USA)

B. "Rules for a Flat World" Book Presentation | Yangtze 1&2, Level 1

  • AUTHOR: Prof. Gillian Hadfield, Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California (USA)
  • INTERVIEWER: Maurits Barendrecht, Research Director, HiiL; Professor of Legal Innovation, Tilburg University (Netherlands)

C. "Understanding the Rule of Law" Book Presentation | Africa, Level 0

  • AUTHOR: Hon. Geert Corstens, former president, Supreme Court of The Netherlands
  • INTERVIEWER: Prof. Jack Knight, JFrederic Cleaveland Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke Law (USA)

Coffee Break 
| First Floor Lobby, Level 1

Practical Programs: Final Presentations and Audience Vote 
| King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

Plenary Keynote 
| King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0 

  • Mr. Wesley Wong, SC, Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR)
  • Professor Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, and Professor of Political Science

Closing Remarks 
| King Willem Alexander Theater, Level 0

Film Screening: "Cries from Syria"
 | Mississippi, Level 1

  • Discussion following, with Filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky (USA)