Accountable Governance and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Action

Accountable Governance and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Action

World Justice Challenge Webinar Event
Wednesday, November 18


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In the course of the World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis competition, the World Justice Project will convene thematic webinars focused on COVID-19 and its effects on access to justice for all, accountable governance, anti-corruption and open government, and fundamental rights and non-discrimination. Subscribe to WJP's e-newsletter for further competition updates and invitations.

The COVID-19 crisis is presenting an enormous stress test for accountable governance on which an effective public health response depends. Responding to a public health emergency such as COVID-19 requires government institutions capable of delivering both preventive and emergency medical care while also maintaining other essential public services. Regardless of the exigencies of the crisis, governments must carry out these basic functions in accordance with the rule of law—open to the public, contestable in the courts and through elections governed by law, with the consent of the legislature, and reviewed by audit and other oversight bodies.

Co-sponsored by World Justice Challenge thematic partners International IDEA and the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), this discussion focused on key accountable governance problems raised and exacerbated by the pandemic. Panelists also discussed recommendations for actions needed to address the crisis' underlying challenges, support an effective recovery process, and build back better rule-of-law-based societies. 

The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis is a global competition to identify, recognize, and promote good accountable governance practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law in this time of unprecedented crisis.


  • Laura Thornton, Director for Global Programmes, International IDEA
  • Richard Sannerholm, Director of Operations, International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC)​
  • Andy Richardson, Programme Officer - Parliamentary Standards, Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Ted Piccone, Chief Engagement Officer, World Justice Project (moderator)


Accountable Governance Resources

View Accountable Governance resources on the World Justice Challenge 2021 website. 

This webinar event is produced in partnership with the following World Justice Challenge 2021 Thematic Partners:

Accountable Governance thematic partners

WJP thanks all of its Challenge sponsors and partners.