Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development

The National Council for Law Reporting has joined the Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD) – www.bbi.syr.edu/gfljd/

The GFLJD seeks to:

  • Promote a better understanding of the role of law and justice and;
  • Strengthen and better integrate legal and judicial institutions in the development process, through selected capacity building initiatives and an open repository of knowledge
Mr. Michael M. Murungi (third from left), the CEO/Editor of the National Council for Law Reporting, with a delegation from the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency led by Mr. Hassane Cisse, Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research (second left); Ms. Nightingale Rukuba-Ngaiza, Senior Counsel (extreme left) and Mr. Steven Mukaindo, Counsel (extreme right), when the delegation visited the Council in March 2012 and invited the Council to join the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development.
Global Forum

Rationale: Across the globe, isolated spheres of legal excellence exist that are advancing civic, economic, and social development outcomes, but their advances are not sufficiently translated or available broadly for replication. In particular, development experts are not currently able to directly and easily access and assess international research, policy, and practice. Because strong legal and judicial systems are an important cornerstone of sustainable economic and social development, there is a need in the international community for a permanent global knowledge exchange forum. Such a forum can greatly advance opportunities to connect experts and stakeholders from around the world for identifying, co-generating, sharing, and disseminating relevant knowledge and solutions. In our ever increasingly interconnected world, this can be accomplished by harnessing technological advances that are providing new opportunities to connect geographically distributed experts and stakeholders.The GFLJD consists of two mutually-reinforcing pillars:- a permanent forum; and- an ICT web-based platform designed and administered by the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University (SU).

 

The GFLJD is composed of three broad participant groups involved in the legal dimension of international development:

  • The World Bank as promoter, facilitator and convener;
  • A group of international and regional organizations, such as International Financial Institutions (IFIs), Universal and Regional Organizations; and
  • A group of national stakeholders, such as government authorities, academia, think-tanks and civil society organizations.

 

The forum will be supported by a web-based Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platform that will facilitate the internal and external communication, host relevant knowledge (databases, research, documents, etc.) and provide easy and free access to knowledge relevant to policy makers, development practitioners and the general public.

The GFLJD partners believe that harnessing these new technologies can fill the gap in the international community for a permanent legal forum.

The forum is organized by thematic areas where partners are clustered based on their expertise, and each cluster of partners is expected to collaborate via Communities of Practice (CoP) using blogs, discussion forums, multi-media collaborative problem-solving, and professional networking.

Information will be shared online - for immediate, free to access (no cost) and free to use (no restrictions on re-use other than attribution) - and will be made available in alternative formats, for locations that have low or no access to internet.

The platform will incorporate reviews of knowledge products by allowing users to rate every knowledge product on multiple scales, thus using the crowd-sourcing of consumer reviews to provide information on the usability, efficacy, impact, and effectiveness of shared knowledge products.

The sustainability of the initiative is based on a menu of options that include:

  • “in-kind contributions” from intellectual partners;
  •  “financial contributions” from financial partners, sponsors and supporters; and
  • combinations of in-kind and financial support. In order to encourage financial partnerships from the South GFLJD sets US$ 250,000 as minimal threshold for financial contribution for developing countries.

 

The GFLJD is expected to provide a tremendous and unprecedented return on investment by fostering enhancement of human capital capacity through knowledge sharing as well as participation in larger social networks.

Sources:
GFLJD Brochure
GFLD Website - www.bbi.syr.edu/gfljd/
National Council for Law Reporting