Global Forum on Law Justice and Development
Generating Innovative Legal Solutions to Development Challenges

Governance and Leadership

All Partners have an important role in the Global Forum’s governance through its five bodies.

  • The Partners’ General Assembly
  • The Steering Committee
  • The Thematic Working Groups
  • The Secretariat
  • The Advisory Committee

Partners General Assembly

A Partners General Assembly (PGA), a meeting of representatives from all partners, is to discuss all relevant partnership matters, and make recommendation for consideration by the SC.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee (SC) is the supreme governing body of the Global Forum.

The Steering Committee is chaired by the World Bank Legal-Vice Presidency, the SC is the decision-making body, and is composed of representatives of both financial and intellectual partners based on the following criteria: (i) one representative for each financial partner who has contributed over $250,000; and (ii) two representatives for each thematic working group (one of which from the South). The SC meets at least once a year and is responsible for deciding topics/activities for inclusion in the work programs, providing implementation oversight and establishing guidelines for the programming cycle and reporting methods.

As of November 16, 2015, the Steering Committee is composed of two financial partners, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organization for Economic Co-operationa and Development (OECD), and of ten intellectual partners, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Bellagio Forum for Security and Development, Conseil d’Etat – France, International Development Law Organization (IDLO), International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Loyola University Chicago (LUC), Ministerio Publico do Estado de Minas Gerais – Brazil (MPMG), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organization of American States (OAS), and University of Cape Town (UCT).

For more information on the Steering Committee, please refer to the Charter of the Global Forum.


Thematic Working Groups and Communities of Practice

The Global Forum is organized in five Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) who report to the Steering Committee. The TWGs are platforms that regroup partners around topics of common interest and that allow for the co-generation of legal knowledge and products. They can be structured in sub-groups by topics.

The Communities of Practice (CoPs) are stand-alone working groups that are not subject to TWGs supervision and that can include among their members non Global Forum partners. They are stand-alone working groups because their topic does not fit in the Thematic Working Groups or because their topic cross-cuts topics of the TWGs. They tackle issues that are vital to the growth and development of the Global Forum. CoPs are regularly created to reflect current legal issues of interest to Global Forum partners.


The Secretariat is a technical and administrative supporting body of the Global Forum. The World Bank currently hosts and coordinates the Secretariat, which is composed of World Bank staff, interns, and staff provided by partners. Members of the Secretariat are based in Washington, D.C. or telecommute. Being hosted at the World Bank, human resources rules of the World Bank will apply to all Secretariat staff.

More information on the role of the Secratariat can be found on the Charter.

Meet the staff of the Secretariat


Marco NicoliMarco Nicoli
Senior Project Manager
Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development


Seunghwan Park
Senior Counsel 
Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank


Sophie WernertSophie Wernert
Seconded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 Georgina Wiese
Senior Knowledge Management Assistant
Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank

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