Focused on the theme "Realizing Justice for All," each day of World Justice Forum 2019 explored a separate topic: Monday Defined the Opportunity for the justice movement in 2019 and beyond. Tuesday’s program Showcased What Works. On Wednesday, participants explored Building the Movement. The final day of the Forum featured Commitments to Justice

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Registration and Expo Village Open

13:00 - 20:00

Forum participants can pick up conference materials and visit the Expo Village where project and commitment showcases will be presented by dozens of justice practitioners from around the world.

Official Conference Opening

15:00 - 15:30
William H. Neukom, World Justice Project

The Founder and CEO of the World Justice Project will welcome participants, introduce the World Justice Project, and provide an overview of the Forum agenda for the week. 

  • William H. Neukom, Founder and CEO, World Justice Project (United States)
15:30 - 17:00
Birgitta Tazelaar, MFA Netherlands; Priscilla Schwartz, MOJ Sierra Leone; Hina Jilani, The Elders; Maria Cattaui-Livanos, ICC; Nicola Bonucci, OECD; Walter Flores, CEGSS; Asako Okai, UNDP

The launch of the “Justice for All” report by the Task Force on Justice (co-chaired by Argentina, the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, and The Elders) will be used to define the opportunity for the justice movement in 2019 and the World Justice Forum in particular. The report will contain a new global estimate of the justice gap, make the case for investment in justice and identify strategies, tools and approaches to increase access to justice.

Welcoming Remarks

  • Birgitta Tazelaar, Deputy Director General International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Priscilla Schwartz, Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone
  • Hina Jilani, The Elders (Pakistan)

Panel Discussion: Bridging the Justice Gap—What’s at Stake

  • Moderator: Maria Cattaui-Livanos, Former Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Chair of the World Justice Project (Switzerland)
  • Nicola Bonucci, Director of Legal Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (France/Italy)
  • Walter Flores, Director, Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems (Guatemala) 
  • Hina Jilani, The Elders (Pakistan)
  • Asako Okai, Assistant Administrator and Director for the Crisis Bureau, United Nations Development Programme (Japan)
  • Priscilla Schwartz, Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone

Assistant Administrator and Director for the Crisis Bureau, United Nations Development Programme

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Welcome Reception

17:00 - 19:00
William C. Hubbard, World Justice Project

Coffee in Expo Village

08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:00
John Nery, WJP Board of Directors; James A. Goldston, OSJI; Sabrina Mahtani, The Elders & AdvocAid; Anabela Pedroso, Ministry of Justice of Portugal; Sergiy Petukhov, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine; Jim Sandman, Legal Services Corporation

Tuesday’s plenary panel will highlight preeminent successful solutions to the justice gap from government, private, and civil society actors. What have we achieved? How have we achieved it? Speakers include:

  • Welcome: John Nery, Opinion Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Convenor, Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation (Philippines); Member, WJP Board of Directors
  • Moderator: James A. Goldston, Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative (United States)
  • Sabrina Mahtani, Policy Advisor, Access to Justice, The Elders; Co-Founder, AdvocAid (United Kingdom/Zambia)
  • Anabela Pedroso, State Secretary for Justice of Portugal 
  • Sergiy Petukhov, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine
  • Jim Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation (United States)

Opinion Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Convenor, Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation (Philippines); Member, WJP Board of Directors

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10:00 - 10:30

Participants are invited to move directly to the Spotlight rooms to enjoy a coffee break in the room before the next session commences. 

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Spotlight on the World Justice Challenge: Project Presentations

10:30 - 12:00

World Justice Challenge finalist projects will showcase their initiatives during moderated presentations divided into six thematic areas. Forum participants will vote on the most promising and innovative projects for prize recognition at the conclusion of the Forum. 

Collaborative Strategies for Preventive and Comprehensive Justice

10:30 - 12:00

Presenting projects include:

  • “Community Justice Teams,” Citizens Bureau for Development and Productivity (Liberia)
  • “YouthLab: Championing the Voice of Youth Deprived of their Liberty,” Young in Prison (Netherlands)
  • “160 Girls Access to Justice Project,” The Equality Effect (Kenya)
  • “Enhancing Coordination Among Stakeholders for Effective Prosecution of Sex Trafficking Crimes in Nagpur Maharasthtra,” Save the Children India (India)
  • “Red Hook Community Justice Center,” Red Hook Community Justice Center/Center for Court Innovation (United States)

Technological Connections for Justice

10:30 - 12:00

Presenting projects include:

  • “iProbono's Access to Justice Programme for Children,” iProbono (India)
  • “M-Haki-Haki Mkononi,” Kituo Cha Sheria-Legal Advice Centre (Kenya)
  • “Housing Justice App,” (United States)
  • “E-lawyering: Criminal Justice and Accountability through Mobile Technology,” The Asia Foundation, Philippines (Philippines)
  • “Learned Hands,” Stanford Legal Design Lab in Partnership with Suffolk LIT Lab (United States)

Creative Partnerships for Improving Legal Assistance and Legal Awareness

10:30 - 12:00

Presenting projects include: 

  • “Legal Aid Clinic,” Legal And Human Rights Centre (Tanzania)
  • “Legal Aspects of Palliative Care,” Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) (Kenya)
  • “Nationwide Legal Awareness Project I Have A Right,” Ministry of Justice Ukraine (Ukraine)
  • “Partnering for Native Health,” Alaska Legal Services Corporation (United States)
  • “Justice is Written Differently for Women, Girls, and Boys,” Mujeres en Frecuencia A.C. (Mexico)

Developing Institutional Capacity to Deliver Justice

10:30 - 12:00

Presenting projects include:

  • “Open Courts Portal - Making Judiciary Accountable,” Transparency International Slovakia (Slovakia)
  • “Impacts of Environment and Justice for All,” Asian Development Bank & Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE) (Philippines)
  • “Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan,” UNDP Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan)
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR),” Legal Aid Society (Pakistan)
  • “Peace and Justice Project,” Association for a More Just Society (Honduras)

Achieving Justice Through Strategic Litigation and Advocacy

10:30 - 12:00

Presenting projects include:

  • “Transnational Environmental Accountability Project,” University of Maryland Carey School of Law (United States)
  • “Reducing the Gender Gap and Fighting for Social Protection in Mexican Laws,” Centro de Análisis y Defensa de Derechos (CADD) (Mexico)
  • “Malawi Resentencing Project,” Cornell Centre on the Death Penalty Worldwide, The Malawi Legal Aid Bureau, and Reprieve (Malawi)
  • “Safeguarding the Rights of Detainees in Jordan,” Adaleh Center for Human Rights Studies (Jordan)
  • “Riverine People and the Right to Full Reparation,” Instituto Socioambiental - ISA (Brazil)

Toward Safe Work and Economic Opportunity for All

10:30 - 12:00

Presenting projects include:

  • “Apprise: Proactive and Consistent Screening of Vulnerable Populations for Labour Exploitation,” The Mekong Club & United Nations University - Institute on Computing and Society (Hong Kong)
  • “Monitoring Maternal Health Entitlements & Increasing Access to Grievance Redressal,” Nazdeek (India)
  • “Workplace Safety Compensation and Accountability,” Safety and Rights Society (SRS) (Bangladesh)
  • “Tackling Illegal Fishing and Human Trafficking in the Thai Fishing Industry,” Environmental Justice Foundation (Thailand)
  • “Women and Land Corruption Project,” Transparency International Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)

Informal Lunch and Expo Showcase in Expo Village

12:00 - 13:00

Participants are invited to explore booths from World Justice Challenge finalist projects and other exhibitors during an informal lunch hour in the Expo Village, with standing lunch stations and portable refreshments.

Working Sessions #1

13:00 - 14:30 Building the Movement, Courts & Justice Systems, Criminal Justice, Data and Indicators, The Environment, Financing Justice, Private Sector Role, Public Health

Working Sessions are concurrent workshops, interactive dialogues and facilitated discussions hosted by a wide variety of global and local institutions around pressing issues and opportunities related to the Forum’s theme of “Realizing Justice for All.”

13:00 - 14:30 Criminal Justice, Data and Indicators
Coordinated by Open Society Justice Initiative; Legal Aid Board, Sierra Leone

This session will propose key categories of data needed to properly assess national Pretrial Justice (PTJ) related trends and can be used in reporting on Agenda 2030 Goals to the UN. Furthermore, during the session several initiatives in countries that prioritized Goal 16/PTD indicator implementation, such as Sierra Leone, South Africa among others, will be showcased, and links to other Sustainable Development Goals and issues will be discussed.

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13:00 - 14:30 Criminal Justice, Transitional Justice
Coordinated by International Center for Transitional Justice

Legacies of serious human rights violations create unique challenges for making progress towards sustainable development. This session will focus on the findings contained in the report of the Working Group on Transitional Justice and SDG16+ and examine the contribution of transitional justice in reducing the justice gap. Using the notion of prevention as a lens, discussion will focus on the need for innovative and context-specific transitional justice, the role of the international development community, and the participation of victims and civil society.

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13:00 - 14:30 Building the Movement, Public Health
Coordinated by Centre for Access to Justice, University College London (UCL)

There is growing evidence of links between law and health demonstrating that social problems with a legal dimension can exacerbate or create ill health and, conversely, that ill-health can create legal problems. This session will discuss the international development of integrated social welfare legal services and health services to address health-harming legal needs. The session offers the opportunity to learn about benefits of Medical-Legal partnerships and to discuss the wide range of models for integrating health and legal services.

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13:00 - 14:30 The Environment, Public Health
Coordinated by ABA Section of Energy and Environmental Resources, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), University of Maryland Transnational Environmental Accountability Project

How does implementation and enforcement of environmental laws address severe health effects of environmental pollution? This session will explore current laws and standards, and outline how efforts to train lawyers and judges in various countries have helped bridge the gaps between laws and health outcomes for affected populations. Participants will work together to identify potential allies and avenues for cooperation among groups working on these issues, and consider ways to establish or enhance platforms for information sharing, coordination, and collaboration.

Assistant Professor and Director of the Environmental Clinic, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

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13:00 - 14:30 Technology
Coordinated by American Bar Foundation,, Haqdarshak

This session will explore emerging evidence of how legal technologies can be made both used and useful in expanding access to justice. Drawing on research and practice experience, we will discuss and see in action the key elements that separate effective technology-based justice interventions from those that are less effective. and Haqdarshak will serve as case studies that showcase how organizations can successfully integrate technological platforms in their work with clients to serve their justice needs in the housing and public benefits contexts.

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13:00 - 14:30 Private Sector Role, Technology
Coordinated by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

This skill-building workshop will educate you about what Artificial Intelligence is and the opportunities it presents for solving justice problems. It will illustrate HPE’s methodology to explore use cases and priorities aligned with your goals, discover the areas that need attention, and create a high-level plan with opportunities, obstacles, and critical success factors that are specific to your needs. Bring your justice problem to see how the future will solve it.

Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Southern Europe and LatAm, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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13:00 - 14:30 Financing Justice
Coordinated by Social Finance, Open Society Justice Initiative, Hague Institute for Innovation of Law, City of the Hague

Social impact bonds have emerged as a promising vehicle for mobilizing public and private financing for social progress. Growing in popularity in areas such as health, education, and workforce development, they have not yet been deployed in the justice sector. Participants will share findings from a recent feasibility assessment of outcomes-based financing for civil legal aid and discuss how justice sector actors might pursue social impact investing to scale-up access to justice interventions.

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13:00 - 14:30 Private Sector Role
Coordinated by Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law with the support of Jones Day

The business community undoubtedly has a significant interest in justice and strong Rule of Law. But how can the business community take a leading role in achieving the SDGs and closing the justice gap, and how do global developments – such as the rise of populism, the migration crisis, and climate change – affect this? This working session will explore the business case for greater engagement by business on justice and the Rule of Law, and identify ways champions in the business community can promote those efforts.

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Coffee Break

14:30 - 15:00

Working Sessions #2

15:00 - 16:30 Building the Movement, Courts & Justice Systems, Criminal Justice, Data and Indicators, The Environment, Financing Justice, Public Health, Technology

Working Sessions are concurrent workshops, interactive dialogues and facilitated discussions hosted by a wide variety of global and local institutions around pressing issues and opportunities related to the Forum’s theme of “Realizing Justice for All.” 

15:00 - 16:30 Courts & Justice Systems, Transitional Justice
Coordinated by Open Society Justice Initiative

Bridging the "justice gap" requires a mechanism to connect the beleaguered rights holder with the distant duty bearer. Among the most powerful and promising bridges is strategic human rights litigation. This session will focus on Open Society Justice Initiative’s global multi-year study of good practices which demonstrates the ability of marginalized communities to win unlikely victories. Session leaders will facilitate a discussion on what makes strategic litigation impactful and what accounts for its shortcomings.

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15:00 - 16:30 Courts & Justice Systems, The Environment, Public Health
Coordinated by Accountability Lab

When citizens are mistreated by people in power they often have little capacity to ensure justice. Citizen Helpdesks are a pioneering feedback process through which citizens use information to work with power-holders to fix problems and then disseminate information about the changes, ensuring better and more equal access to everything from healthcare to justice. Come discuss how closing the feedback loop in this way has built trust and transformed governance in Liberia, Mali and Nepal.

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15:00 - 16:30 Data and Indicators
Coordinated by International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

A framework and measurement for Access to Justice is necessary to ensure the existence of effective legal frameworks and policies to benefit the Indonesian people. During this working session, the consortium working on an Access to Justice Index, including the Indonesian Government, will seek input and guidance from Forum attendees on their ongoing process to establish this Index for Indonesia. 

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15:00 - 16:30 Technology
Coordinated by Stanford University Legal Design Lab, Legal Services Corporation

Effective use of data and design can be a powerful driver of successful access to justice solutions. This session, inspired by the “School of Data” workshops for journalists, will educate and empower those working in the legal and social sector to use these tools effectively. Outcomes include increased data-literacy, the ability to spot data-project potential, and building a collaborative data and design ecosystem.

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15:00 - 16:30 Financing Justice
Coordinated by Open Society Justice Initiative

While pilots projects innovating justice abound, few countries in the world have models that deliver legal services at the national scale. This session will explore recent efforts by governments and civil society in a range of countries to bring innovative community-based models to a sustainable, national level. It will examine how public financing is being diversified across social sectors and levels of government to enhance access, effectiveness, and sustainability of basic justice services, and the emerging evidence to strengthen policy arguments for institutionalization of these collaborations. Discussants from Ukraine, North Macedonia, Argentina, and Indonesia will share experience of what's working.

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15:00 - 16:30 Courts & Justice Systems
Coordinated by British Council

This session will explore how enhancing the functions of traditional rulers in their communities has been an important part of rebuilding, conflict reduction, and building community cohesion in the aftermath of a crisis. Focusing on the NE Nigerian states that were subject to the Boko Haram insurgency, participants will examine questions regarding the interface between formal and informal systems. Specific techniques – including training traditional rulers on the parameters of their responsibilities, recognizing the need for recording of decisions, and training the wives of traditional rulers – will inform a lively discussion about effective strategies for community level informal justice.

Portfolio Lead for Justice Security and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, British Council

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15:00 - 16:30 Courts & Justice Systems, Transitional Justice
Coordinated by ALN Academy, United States Institute of Peace

This session will explore how and why African Courts have developed as they did, and what they need to move effectively into the future. Using Burkina Faso as a test case, It will look specifically at how systems change theory can be applied to African courts to address the critical problems of trust and performance and create a more effective and just system moving forward.

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15:00 - 16:30 Private Sector Role
Coordinated by Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law with the support of Jones Day

There are various initiatives and platforms that show willingness on behalf of the business community to set-up grassroots initiatives that aim at addressing the justice gap, fostering rule of law, and implementing SDG16. However, there are inherent difficulties in scaling these up in a consensual manner. This session will discuss the role of the business community in catalyzing action on SDG16 and access to justice, showcase examples, and consider the challenges and practical limitations to scaling up these interventions. 

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16:30 - 18:00
Ellen Gracie Northfleet and Petar Stoyanov, WJP Board of Directors; MUDA Africa, Femi Omere, ALN Academy; Aisha Abdallah, Anjarwalla & Khanna; Joyce Aluoch, fmr. International Criminal Court; Mohamed Chande Othman, fmr. High Court of Tanzania

Rule of Law Award

The WJP Rule of Law Award recognizes global and local champions advancing rule of law. 

  • Presented by Members of the WJP Board of Directors: Ellen Gracie Northfleet, Former Chief-Justice, Federal Supreme Court of Brazil and Petar Stoyanov, Former President of Bulgaria.

Artist Spotlight

Following the presentation of the award, an artistic dramatization, “Africa on Trial,” hosted by the ALN Academy will explore East Africa’s rule of law record. Through contemporary African dance, poetry, and the opening prosecution and defense of a mock trial, representatives from within Africa’s expert cultural socio-legal communities will bring to life East Africa’s journey of consciousness, connection and justice.

  • MUDA Africa
  • Femi Omere, Executive Director, ALN Academy (Nigeria/UK)
  • “The Prosecution”: Aisha Abdallah, Partner, Head of Litigation and Disputes, Anjarwalla & Khanna (Kenya)
  • “The Defense”: Joyce Aluoch, Former Judge, International Criminal Court and High Court of Kenya
  • “The Adjudicator”: Mohamed Chande Othman, Former Chief Justice of Tanzania
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Networking Reception hosted by Jones Day

17:30 - 19:00

Evening Salon

19:00 - 20:30

Part II of the mock trial concludes with the judgement, followed by a panel discussion between African cultural socio-legal experts about the themes raised in the earlier “Africa on Trial” dramatization and mock trial.

Coffee in Expo Village

08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:00
Kamel Ayadi, World Justice Project Board of Directors; Sam Muller, HiiL; Thuli Madonsela, Stellenbosch University; Sandie Okoro, World Bank Group; Kavita Ramdas, Open Society Foundations

Dialogue about the importance of multi-sectoral collaboration in leading change and expanding justice.

  • Welcome: Kamel Ayadi, Minister to the Head of the State of Tunisia in charge of the high level Authority on Financial and Administrative Control (Tunisia); Member, WJP Board of Directors
  • Moderator: Sam Muller, CEO, The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (Netherlands)
  • Thuli Madonsela, Professor, Stellenbosch University; former Public Protector of South Africa
  • Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, World Bank Group (UK)
  • Kavita Ramdas, Director, Women’s Rights Program, Open Society Foundations (United States)

Minister to the Head of the State of Tunisia in charge of the high level Authority on Financial and Administrative Control; Member, WJP Board of Directors

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Working Sessions #3: Communications Skill-Building

10:00 - 11:15 Building the Movement, Courts & Justice Systems, Criminal Justice, Data and Indicators, The Environment, Financing Justice, Public Health, Technology

Participants will learn from justice sector case studies, movements in other sectors, and communications experts how to better understand, practice, and deploy the wide range of communications tools and techniques available to achieve their messaging goals.

10:00 - 11:15 The Environment
Coordinated by

This session is focused on storytelling, narrative, and solutions-based approaches to thinking about cultural change. Two narrative frames will be introduced and applied as tools to real-life case studies, with a focus on the environment and how the story of climate change has evolved over time. Participants will practice their own stories and strategies applying narrative tools during small group interactive breakouts.

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10:00 - 11:15 Building the Movement
Coordinated by International Youth Foundation

Those born after 1980 have much to gain or lose from SDG16 and can play a key role in the movement for justice. This session will highlight lessons learned in a new initiative to engage this “Cohort 2030,” working with educational institutions and city governments as critical partners. We will share pilot survey findings on the knowledge, attitudes, and practice of youth on access to justice, reducing violence and corruption, and combating human trafficking—important data for successfully messaging the 16+ Agenda and making the case that not only do these issues matter but the voices of youth are critical.

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10:00 - 11:15 Technology
Coordinated by World Justice Project Mexico, US Institute of Peace

Creative communications strategies can play a critical role in building public support and engaging key policy-makers to advance reforms needed to increase access to justice. In this session, participants will hear about work of the World Justice Project in Mexico and the US Institute of Peace in Burkina Faso to use documentary film-making to advance change. These strategies provide significant opportunities to convey messages, build empathy, and motivate reform; but they also entail major programmatic and operational challenges. Participants can hear about lessons learned and share their own experience in using creative communications for change.

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10:00 - 11:15 Building the Movement
Coordinated by British Council

As Myanmar emerges from decades of isolation and military rule, MyJustice has provoked a broad-based public conversation about what justice means and where it can be found. Using data about justice needs and perceptions, people joined in Myanmar’s largest campaign using social and mass media to challenge injustice. Participants will learn how strategic communications can complement community-based solutions to promote access to justice in a politically informed and adaptive way.


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10:00 - 11:15 Building the Movement
Coordinated by Amnesty International

Hope-Based Communications is a simple, practical tool anyone can use to reframe the messages they are using to make the case for their cause and change public attitudes. Sharing examples of values-based messaging from Amnesty International, other movements and the worlds of business and politics, this session will introduce the concepts of narrative and framing along with findings from neuroscience and cognitive linguistics that show why they are crucial to winning debates and shifting what is considered  “common sense."

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Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:45

Working Sessions #4

11:45 - 13:15 Building the Movement, Courts & Justice Systems, Criminal Justice, Data and Indicators, The Environment, Financing Justice, Public Health, Technology

Working Sessions are concurrent workshops, interactive dialogues and facilitated discussions hosted by a wide variety of global and local institutions around pressing issues and opportunities related to the Forum’s theme of “Realizing Justice for All.” 

11:45 - 13:15 The Environment
Coordinated by World Resources Institute

This session will outline some of the challenges facing civil society and the public seeking environmental justice in ECLAC Region, including Latin America and the Caribbean countries and UNECE Region, including Europe,Caucasus and Central Asia, contrasting standards on access to justice in both agreements and sharing in the session a series of questions around possible challenges in implementation and innovations that can support full success. Current cases will be reflected on from both regions with speakers from the Aarhus Compliance Committee which oversees the compliance with Aarhus Convention, Secretariat of the Access Initaitive ( World Resources Institute) and partners who were instrumental in the passage of the Escazú Agreement FIMA ( Chile )—which currently has a specialized environmental court) and Jamaica Environmental Trust (Jamaica) where civil society has taken government to court in a number of cases to ensure the full implementation of Principle 10 of the rights to information and participation.

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11:45 - 13:15 Technology
Coordinated by Alan Turing Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology

There has been an increasing use of algorithmic tools to support decision-making across public sectors, including financial, human, health care, policing and criminal justice services. There has also been growing recognition of the bias, potential for unfairness, and violations of rights that such tools may possess and perpetuate due to the data collection process or human decisions these tools are built upon. With little understanding of the technical aspects or transparency of the algorithms, there is a risk to further marginalize already disadvantaged groups. This working session will discuss the use of algorithmic tools in justice (e.g. child welfare, parole, predictive policing, etc) and open data, their potential for and inherent bias and implications on fairness in such high stakes decision-making, and approaches to achieve algorithmic fairness. We will draw together diverse viewpoints across the technical, legal, and ethical dimensions to discuss the risks, challenges and opportunities to ensure safer, ethical, legally compliant and accountable use of AI in the justice sector.

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11:45 - 13:15 Courts & Justice Systems, Technology
Coordinated by The Legal Education Foundation, National Center for State Courts, Pew Charitable Trusts

Court systems around the world are recognizing that to truly deliver justice, they must modernize both their host systems and their approaches. This session will first describe the trends and successes in automation, as well as the challenges of sustainability and public access. Then it will look at how Online Dispute Resolution has enabled new approaches In the area of high-volume, low-value claims important to everyday litigants, and ask whether this approach is really having an impact on justice or just caseloads. 

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11:45 - 13:15 Courts & Justice Systems
Coordinated by Centre for the Advancement of Community Advice Offices South Africa, Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, Namati, Open Society Justice Initiative

This working session organized by the Centre for the Advancement of Community Advice Offices South Africa, Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, Namati, and Open Society Justice Initiative will focus on the need for recognition of the role of community paralegals, justice advocates and independent justice services providers in realizing access to justice. We will discuss policies that create enabling environments for community-based paralegals as well as the necessary safeguards needed to ensure their independence and sustainability. Participants will have an opportunity to debate the responsibilities, scope of work, and models of funding for community paralegals. The participatory session will highlight recognition efforts in diverse contexts and seek to clarify the relationships to and distinctions from other professionals in the justice sector and other related services. It will offer concrete discussion of how national policies can support and promote accessibility of community-based justice providers.

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11:45 - 13:15 Building the Movement, Technology
Coordinated by Hague Institute for Innovation of Law

To bridge the justice gap, innovation is needed, yet the regulation of legal services and procedural rules create obstacles. The Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice has called for a “level playing field.” Representatives of the access to justice movement and organized bars will consider case studies from South Africa, the United States and elsewhere and engage in constructive dialogue. What does a level playing field look like? What are the impediments to reform? Are there win-win solutions?

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11:45 - 13:15 Courts & Justice Systems, Criminal Justice
Coordinated by Center for Court Innovation

The Center for Court Innovation is renowned for its work reforming the New York criminal justice systems with ambitious, cutting-edge projects and offering its technical expertise across the US and internationally to jurisdictions seeking to reform their own systems. This session will explore the three principles that drive the Center's work and how they translate into practice and programming: Just outcomes, procedural fairness, and community justice. The session will share some of the lessons learned from the Center's efforts and invite attendees to share and troubleshoot their own efforts at justice reform. 

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11:45 - 13:15 Building the Movement
Coordinated by Working Group on Justice for Children, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

This session will discuss The Challenge Paper on Justice for Children which outlines the distinctive needs and rights of children in relation to their context as victims, witnesses and offenders in both criminal and civil disputes, and also explores the broader understanding of access to justice as a process that underpins and creates conditions for the realization of all other rights. Participants will provide feedback and insight on the paper’s content, its tone and angle, and identify opportunities to maximize the impact of key messages.

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11:45 - 13:15 Building the Movement, Public Health
Coordinated by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

In order to effectively address global health issues such as HIV/AIDS, people and institutions focused on public health and those focused on justice must work together. Discrimination and other human rights abuses all impact the effective treatment of global health epidemics. This session will explore how to build support and partnerships between these two interconnected fields. Come discuss how to make the case for integrating legal empowerment and justice approaches into health programs and how to promote best practices.  

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Informal Luncheon

13:15 - 14:15

Keynote Interview

14:15 - 15:00
Seun Kuti, Grammy-nominated Nigerian Musician; Darek Mazzone, KEXP

Transportation to Local Venues

15:00 - 15:30

Working Sessions #5 (Locally Hosted)

15:30 - 17:00 Building the Movement, Courts & Justice Systems, Criminal Justice, Data and Indicators, The Environment, Financing Justice, Public Health, Technology

Working Sessions are concurrent workshops, interactive dialogues and facilitated discussions hosted by a variety of Hague-based institutions around pressing issues and opportunities related to the Forum’s theme of “Realizing Justice for All.” 

15:30 - 17:00 Criminal Justice, The Environment
Coordinated by Environmental Justice Foundation, Wildlife Justice Commission

The Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) will discuss the role that civil society can play to help bridge the gap when intergovernmental or governmental approaches fail to address pressing issues. Specifically, the WJC will present its approach to the lack of enforcement of the laws related to wildlife crime and the urgent need to acknowledge it as what it really is: a transnational organized crime. The WJC will present its intelligence-led approach to investigations and the role of public hearings as the ultimate means to generate government accountability if all else fails. The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) will present its approach documenting illegal fishing through film-led investigations to bring about government enforcement. These approaches are essential to fill some of the gaps left by lack of enforcement to address one of the the key man-made causes of the decline in biodiversity.

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15:30 - 17:00 Technology
Coordinated by Institute

The Invisibles is the first digital identity project that focuses on the standards needed to facilitate the scaling of digital identity projects beyond local populations. This session will present and elicit feedback on: case studies where secure, trusted digital identities for doctors in the UK and refugees in Middle East have been built; proposed standards for creation, verification, and use of standards for creating digital identities for disenfranchised populations; and an expanded vision of access to justice in the digital age.

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15:30 - 17:00 Courts & Justice Systems
Coordinated by Cordaid

Customary and informal justice systems provide vital pathways to everyday justice, and are essential to fulfilling the promise of justice for all reflected in SDG16. Discussion will focus on how efforts to achieve SDG16 can engage with the opportunities and challenges associated with justice pluralism. The session will be a lively and informal exchange, engaging experts around a set of framing questions and facilitating dialogue with participants to spotlight key insights for policy and practice.

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15:30 - 17:00 Courts & Justice Systems
Coordinated by Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL)

Family justice issues are among the top legal problems that must be solved through people centered, evidence based approaches. But how to implement this mantra? During this session, family justice experts will reflect on recommendations for parents and justice workers who have to deal with justice issues around separation/divorce. Participants will discuss how practitioners can benefit from these evidenced-based recommendations, identify other expected effects, consider whether this is a scalable approach, and highlight what needs to be improved. 

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15:30 - 17:00 Courts & Justice Systems, Private Sector Role
Coordinated by Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC)

A deficiency in global law is the gap in legal remedies available to those affected by transnational enterprises. The creation of the Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration intends to help close this gap. This session will discuss the utility of international dispute resolution in the field of business and human rights and the viability of the Hague Rules to enable businesses and people to resolve their disputes in a consensual and legally binding way.

Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility and Professorial Fellow; (Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University)

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15:30 - 17:00 Data and Indicators
Coordinated by World Justice Project, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Open Society Justice Initiative, International Development Law Organization

The Sustainable Development Goals call on states to “ensure equal access to justice for all” and this target has helped to catalyze efforts to improve and strengthen strategies to measure and develop indicators on access to civil justice—the most frequent and often most pressing justice problems people face. This session will explore ways to advance the collection, analysis and programmatic use of people-centered data, indicators, and measurement tools that capture the legal needs and paths to justice of citizens and businesses.  The session will discuss strategies to produce accurate diagnostics of the challenges and opportunities around effective access to justice, and help identify issues that could be addressed by public policies. To this end, the session will draw on the experiences of various countries to illustrate opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned arising from the implementation of Legal Needs Surveys, use of administrative case data and other data collection exercises, and will feature various resources including the newly released Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Open Society Justice publication Legal Needs Surveys and Access to Justice. The session will conclude by exploring ways to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the SDGs to advance access to civil justice.   

The session will be guided by the following questions: 

  • What are people-centered data collection efforts? What are their characteristics, advantages, and limitations? 
  • What are the experiences of various governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in advocating for, collecting, and using these types of data? What have been the main successes and failures or opportunities and challenges, and how have they been overcome? (Ex. The experiences of Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Moldova, Mongolia, and South Africa among others.)
  • What are the most useful and innovative resources, guidelines, toolkits, surveys, and pilot initiatives that could help practitioners interested in gathering these types of data? Are there alternative (and less expensive) ways to collect this information?
  • What are some of most interesting opportunities offered by the Sustainable Development Goals, including the possibility of proposing a new indicator on access to civil justice under Target 16.3 that could be used by countries in their VNR processes, as well as the guidance to National Statistical Agencies in the chapter on Access to Justice developed by the members of the Praia Group on Governance Statistics?

The session will be similar to a lab session in order to allow practitioners to work together in small groups during the first part, and discuss some of their country-experiences. The discussion will be led by Peter Chapman (OSJI), Zaza Namoradze (OSJI), Erwin Natosmal (IDLO), Alejandro Ponce (WJP), Solly Molayi (Statistics South Africa), and Tatyana Teplova (OECD).

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15:30 - 17:00 Technology, Transitional Justice
Coordinated by Leiden University Centre for Innovation

Digital trails could endanger people and organisations in various high-risk contexts. This session will provide an overview of a data responsibility framework and focus on the risks surrounding the use of communication channels with regards to metadata, as well as explore practical mitigation strategies. By addressing case studies involving whistleblowers, human rights activists, journalists and aid workers, the session will support the attendees to ask relevant questions and take home answers for your own organisations. 

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15:30 - 17:00 Building the Movement
Coordinated by Microjustice4All

This session will present the Microjustice4All legal empowerment and legal inclusion mapping methods as country specific tools to support the implementation of SDG16. These tools work by identifying legally excluded groups, their level of vulnerability, and the legal problems that must be solved to promote empowerment. Participants will be instructed on how to start  a legal inclusion mapping project or a sustainable legal empowerment program to help map and meet the basic daily legal needs of marginalized groups in their own countries.

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15:30 - 17:00 Building the Movement
Coordinated by Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

What is the role of parliaments in relation to realizing “justice for all” and the sustainable development goals? What should expert parliamentary committees be doing to ensure that national governments are making progress? The session will highlight best practices from national parliaments, with the help of some parliamentarians active in the field, and participants will discuss the development of resources for parliaments on their role in relation to access to justice and SDG16.

Member of the Senate of the Netherlands and Leader of the Dutch delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (VVD)

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Coffee in Expo Space

08:30 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:30
Suet-Fern Lee, WJP Board of Directors; Elizabeth Andersen, WJP; Saskia Bruines, City of The Hague; Gérardine Goh Escolar, HCCH; Monica Mhoja, Landesa; Marc Reverdin, Paris Peace Forum; Diani Sadiawati, Ministry of National Development Planning - Indonesia

Highlighting and discussing commitments by government, private, and civil society actors to pursue future action for increasing access to justice.

  • Welcome: Suet-Fern Lee, Partner, Board Member & Chair, International Leadership Team, Morgan Lewis & Bockius (Singapore); Member, WJP Board of Directors
  • Moderator: Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, World Justice Project (United States)
  • Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor of the Hague, Netherlands
  • Gérardine Goh Escolar, First Secretary, Permanent Bureau, Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)
  • Monica Mhoja, Tanzania Program Director, Landesa
  • Marc Reverdin, Secretary General, Paris Peace Forum (France)
  • Diani Sadiawati, Expert Staff for Institutional Interrelations, Ministry of National Development Planning (Indonesia)

Partner, Board Member & Chair, International Leadership Team, Morgan Lewis & Bockius (Singapore); Member, WJP Board of Directors

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Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:00

Working Sessions #6: Mapping the Path Forward and Next Steps

11:00 - 12:30 Building the Movement, Courts & Justice Systems, Criminal Justice, Data and Indicators, The Environment, Financing Justice, Public Health, Technology

Key tasks for these sessions will be to articulate the narrative regarding justice and its relationship to other outcomes to support future advocacy, developing strategies for promoting key messages and themes in important venues and communities, articulating metrics for measuring progress, and defining what success will look like. 

11:00 - 12:30 Criminal Justice
Coordinated by Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation, Rights International Spain

Early access to effective legal assistance for suspects and defendants is crucial for equal access to justice and for enjoyment of other rights and procedural safeguards in criminal justice systems. This session will explore the findings of studies in a range of countries in Eastern Europe, the European Union and Japan about how far these countries have come and have yet to go in securing certain rights for criminal suspects. It will also showcase an innovative model implemented in Ukraine that has reformed the custody intake procedure for the benefit of all.

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11:00 - 12:30 Technology
Coordinated by Legal Services Corporation, Pew Charitable Trusts

Finding relevant, case-specific, jurisdiction-accurate legal information online can be a challenge. Legal information portals aim to change that. The Legal Navigator portal pilots in Alaska and Hawaii hope to provide an exhaustive resource that helps a user ask, refine, learn, and connect as they navigate a legal issue. This session will describe the project from concept to pilot, discuss plans and enhancements for future portal projects, and consider the challenges of evaluating such efforts. 

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11:00 - 12:30 Building the Movement
Coordinated by Open Government Partnership, Pathfinders, Namati, Open Society Justice Initiative

The Open Government Partnership has become a major platform to push for more open, transparent, participatory and responsive government. Increasingly, OGP is being used to advance reforms related to access to justice, open justice, and goal 16 more broadly (including access to information, anti-corruption and ensuring citizens have a voice in government decisions). This hands-on workshop will provide practical real-life examples and training on how to use OGP at the country level and globally on justice issues. 

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11:00 - 12:30 Data and Indicators
Coordinated by Open Society Justice Initiative

This session will offer participants to discuss the opportunities presented by the Voluntary National Reviews and HLPF processes and examine some of the ways in which civil society justice practitioners can work with governments to demonstrate successful examples of implementation as well as areas where more action is needed. Discussants will be asked to share information about their country’s Voluntary National Review processes so that other participants may learn and exchange knowledge. In addition, participants will debate the value added of the SDGs framework to advance access to justice, the impact of justice on other goals and how the global review process can meaningfully elevate key justice priorities in the development agenda?

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11:00 - 12:30 Financing Justice
Coordinated by ALN Academy, World Justice Project

This roundtable discussion among pro bono providers and recipients will highlight best practices and lessons learned. Participants will identify what's needed to scale pro bono to help meet the justice challenge, including how to match pro bono capacity with need and how to build a local pro bono culture.

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11:00 - 12:30 Financing Justice
Coordinated by World Justice Project

Sustainable funding for justice remains a critical challenge. In OECD countries public spending on justice makes up just 5% of national budgets, and in most countries it is far lower. Donors spend little more than 1% of aid on justice. Social enterprise models are emerging to help fill the funding gap with creative strategies to garner earned revenue to support access to justice initiatives. In this session, participants will learn from grassroots non-profit and for-profit organizations on the frontlines of these innovations to share successful approaches, challenges, and opportunities.

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Informal Luncheon

12:30 - 13:30

Keynote Interview: A Commitment to Indigenous Rights in Africa

13:30 - 14:00
Pooven Moodley, Natural Justice; Theodore Piccone, World Justice Project

Plenary Session #6: Commitments, World Justice Challenge Prizes, and Concluding Declaration

14:00 - 15:30
William H. Neukom, World Justice Project

Closing Reception

15:30 - 17:00