Watch videos from World Justice Forum 2019 plenary sessions:

Welcome and Conference Opening

Opening remarks at the 2019 World Justice Forum: Realizing Justice for All were delivered by William H. Neukom, Founder and CEO of the World Justice Project. The conference opening includes a welcome to participants, an introduction to the World Justice Project, and an overview of the Forum agenda for the week. 

Recorded Monday, April 29, 2019

Launch of the "Justice for All" Report

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) kicked off the 2019 World Justice Forum by defining the opportunity for the justice movement in 2019 and the World Justice Forum in particular. The report contains a new global estimate of the justice gap from the WJP's Measuring the Justice Gap report; makes the case for investment in justice; and identifies 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

Recorded Monday, April 29, 2019

Plenary Session #2: Success Stories

Tuesday’s plenary panel at the World Justice Forum: Realizing Justice for All highlighted 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)

Recorded Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2019 World Justice Project Rule of Law Award Ceremony

The WJP Rule of Law Award recognizes global and local champions advancing rule of law. Announced on Tuesday, April 30 at the World Justice Forum: Realizing Justice for All, the 2019 award recognized Dr. Adam Bodnar and the Office of Poland’s Commissioner for Human Rights. Poland’s independent ombudsman and his team were honored for courageous efforts to stem the country’s backsliding on judicial independence and fundamental rights. The 2019 Rule of Law Award award was 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.

Recorded Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Artist Spotlight: "Africa on Trial"

At the World Justice Forum 2019 Artist Spotlight, Forum participants enjoyed 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 bring to life East Africa’s journey of consciousness, connection and justice. Performers and speakers include:

  • 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

Recorded Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Plenary Session #4: Highlighting Multi-Sector Collaboration

The third day of the 2019 World Justice Forum opened with a dialogue about the importance of multi-sectoral collaboration in leading change and expanding justice. Speakers include:

  • 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)

Recorded Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Keynote Interview: Seun Kuti

Darek Mazzone, creative producer, DJ, and radio host of KEXP's "Wo'Pop" interviews Grammy-nominated Nigerian musician Seun Kuti.

Recorded Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Plenary Session #5: Commitments from Diverse Stakeholders in Justice

The final day of the 2019 World Justice Forum opened with a plenary session highlighting and discussing commitments by government, private, and civil society actors to pursue future action for increasing access to justice. Speakers include:

  • 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)

Recorded Thursday, May 2, 2019

Keynote Interview: A Commitment to Indigenous Rights in Africa

World Justice Project Chief Engagement Officer Ted Piccone interviews Pooven Moodley, Executive Director of Natural Justice.

Recorded Thursday, May 2, 2019

Highlighting Commitments to Justice

At the World Justice Forum: Realizing Justice for All the World Justice Project received more than 50 Commitments to Justice from Forum participants and beyond, highlighting efforts across sectors to bridge the justice gap.

Recorded Thursday, May 2, 2019

World Justice Challenge: Access to Justice Solutions Awards

The 2019 World Justice Challenge competition invited organizations and institutions throughout the world to highlight effective projects aimed at increasing access to justice. WJP received more than 250 submissions from governmental, non-governmental, and civil society organizations in every region of the world and reflecting a wide range of strategies and approaches to tackling the justice problem. Thirty finalists presented their projects at the World Justice Forum: Realizing Justice for All in The Hague, Netherlands, and five winning projects were announced at the Forum's Closing Plenary.

Recorded Thursday, May 2, 2019

Concluding Declaration

World Justice Project's chief research officer Alejandro Ponce presents the World Justice Forum: Realizing Justice for All Concluding Declaration, developed by WJP in collaboration with its co-producing partner institutions. Watch for Bill Neukom, World Justice Project founder and CEO, as he offers an inspirational and moving closing statement to officially conclude the conference. 

Recorded Thursday, May 2, 2019