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

International Poverty Law

During LJD Week 2015, the Global Forum launched a new Community of Practice (CoP) on Poverty and International Poverty Law (Thursday November 19th at 12:30 p.m.). The CoP was created on the conclusion that legal rules are deeply implicated in maintaining and strengthening the status quo of power and wealth inequalities that reinforce substantial poverty world-wide. This new initiative will among other initiatives build on the World Bank’s Systematic Country Diagnostic Tool which identifies the laws and institutions linked to poverty in a country prior to the World’s Bank preparation of that country’s assistance strategies/partnership frameworks.

The objective of the CoP is to create a forum for dialogue among lawyers, development practitioners and community figures regarding how background legal rules may reinforce inequality if left unaddressed. CoP aims to increase understanding of the impact of law on poverty by creating a network of professional who can share knowledge and new initiatives.

For Additional Information please contact: Nightingale Rukuba-Ngaiza, Senior Counsel, LEG VPU at and Professor Lucy Williams, Northeastern University at

On April 12, the CoP organized an event in the margins of the Spring Meetings 2016, in collaboration with the World Bank Vice-Presidency and with the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank. This event on "Law, Justice and Poverty Reduction" brought together a wide range of experts around four speakers: Paul Prettitore, Senior Public Sector Specialist (Governance GP), Nightingale Rukuba-Ngaiza, Senior Counsel (Legal VP), Amit Mukherjee, Lead Public Sector Specialist (Governance GP) and Lucy Williams (Northeastern University School of Law).

Nightingale Rubuka-Ngaiza (World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency)

Lucy Williams (Northeastern University)

Law Development Institute (LDI)

Emory Law School

Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), Norway
Northeastern University School of Law, USA
World Bank, US*

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