The Global Forum consists of two mutually-complementary pillars:
- A permanent forum of intellectual partners, clustered by topics ; and
- An ICT web-based platform, C4D.
It builds on existing informal networks and partnerships in specific thematic areas, strengthened and formalized through partners' commitment to the Global Forum Charter.
The Global Forum is an open platform. Members belong to two broad participant groups involved in the legal dimension of international development:
- International and regional organizations such as IFIs and stakeholders;
- National stakeholders, government and judicial authorities, academia, think tanks, civil society organizations and private sector.
The Permanent Forum
As a permanent forum, the Global Forum is designed to capture, co-generate, exchange and disseminate innovative legal solutions for development. It is intended to be both a South-South and North-South collaboration mechanism. It has adopted an “Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions” philosophy, leveraging the work and expertise of all partners in respect of the legal dimensions of development challenges.
The activities of the Global Forum are multidisciplinary in nature, addressing economic, legal and technical dimensions of targeted issues. Depending on the nature of the topic and the expressed needs of stakeholders, activities will focus as appropriate on global, regional and country-specific legal, developmental, and institutional issues.
The main characteristics of the Global Forum are the following:
- Process: The identification as well as prioritization of themes and issues is ensured through a participatory process involving broad and regular consultation with partners. Co-generation of knowledge and legal outputs/solutions are based on a collaborative process among partners, in accordance with jointly devised and internationally accepted methodologies.
- Knowledge Production: The Global Forum facilitates the co-generation of innovative legal outputs/solutions to development issues through studies and research (including action research), production of guidelines, good practices, models or standards, and through the implementation of a variety of capacity building programs.
- Knowledge Dissemination: Knowledge disseminated by the Global Forum is freely accessible under Creative Commons license, with authorship duly attributed. All information is shared online - free to access (at no cost) and free to use (no restrictions on re-use other than attribution). The available information can also be made available in alternative formats upon requests, for users that have low or no access to internet.
- Expected Outcomes: The Global Forum’s outcomes/outputs take the form of: (i) enhanced, innovative and customized legal solutions for law and development challenges; (ii) better integration of law and justice considerations in the process of development and the design of development interventions; (iii) increased sharing of legal solutions among development practitioners around the world, and (iv) enhanced collaboration among academic and research institutions.
ICT Knowledge Platform
Collaboration for Development (C4D) is a secure social collaboration platform focused on development issues, hosted by the World Bank Group, that enables experts and practitioners to conduct online brainstorming, consultations, discussions, knowledge-sharing and learning, and much more on similar topics.
The Global Forum hosts a platform for partners and co-leaders to interact and communicate. The platform itself is divided in sub-platforms dedicated to each Thematic Working Group and Community of Practice.
Thematic Organization of the Forum
The forum is organized thematically. Partners form and lead Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) based on their expertise, comparative strengths and areas of focus. Each TWG proposes its own agenda, group composition and operating guidelines.
In addition, in order to provide flexibility and address cross-cuttting topics, partners can establish stand-alone Communities of Practice (CoPs).
The 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.
Thematic Working Groups
The following are the five TWGs launched by Partners:
- Justice and Rule of Law Reform
- Law and The Economy
- Environmental & Natural Resources Law
- Governance and Anti-Corruption
- Empowerment and Equity for Diverse Communities
Communities of Practice
The following are the elevent currently existing CoPs:
- African Mining Legislation Atlas
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- Combatting Cybercrime: Tools and Capacity Building for Emerging Economies
- Compensatory Measures in International Government Procurement Contracts
- Health Law
- Human-Centered Business Model
- Human Rights and Development
- Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes
- Intellectual Property
- International Poverty Law
- Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Organs 3D Bioprinting
- Legal Aspects of Contract Farming
- Legal Aspects of Forced Displacement
- Mass Atrocity Prevention
- Payment Innovations