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About the Legal Vice Presidency


The Legal Vice Presidency provides all legal services required by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association (the Bank). In performing this task, the Legal Vice Presidency utilizes its own staff of about 136 lawyers and retains outside counsel when required.

The Legal Vice Presidency

  • Is an operational unit, a frontline actor in the Bank’s development agenda.
  • Serves as the Bank’s corporate counsel, focusing on the many legal challenges associated with the governance and reform of a complex institution.
  • Serves as a knowledge center, leveraging partnerships inside and outside the Bank to promote cross learning among practitioners to respond to client needs.

The Legal Vice Presidency is headed by the Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel who is assisted by a Deputy General Counsel, Operations, and a Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research.

The Legal Vice Presidency’s functions can be categorized as follows:

Legal Services and Advice to Country Operations, including as­sistance in the design of operations, drafting and negotiation of legal agreements for those operations, assistance in processing their approval by the Board, and facilitating responsive action (through e.g., the preparation of amendments or the application of legal remedies) to changing circumstances during implementation of operations. This work constitutes the predominant share of the Legal Vice Presidency’s overall work program, spanning all Bank operations in all regions and country situations.

  • Africa and Middle East and North Africa
  • East Asia and Pacific and South Asia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia

Corporate and Institutional Services, including advice and representa­tion in connection with a wide variety of legal matters and settings.

  • Concessional Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Institutional Administration
  • Inter-Institutional Business Conflicts of Interest

Policy and Advisory Services, including a wide range of public and private legal development challenges faced in the Bank’s client countries.

  • Environmental and International Law
  • Justice Reform
  • Operations Policy and Information Policy
  • Private Sector Development, Finance and Infrastructure
  • Resources and Administration
  • Special Operations


Last updated: 2013-06-20

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