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Introduction to World Bank Law and Justice Reform Projects


Reform of law and justice institutions is not centralized in one department of the World Bank. Indeed, the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM), the World Bank Institute (WBI), Private Sector Development (PSD), Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) and the Legal Vice-Presidency (LEG) work jointly to improve the functioning of law and justice institutions in developing and transition countries. The materials attached below provide an overview of World Bank projects and activities in this area. 

Initiatives in Legal and Judicial Reform

This booklet provides an overview of the World Bank’s law and justice reform portfolio. It includes project description.


Law Reform as a Component of World Bank Projects

Many World Bank projects include a legal reform or law reform component. The reform of the power sector or telecommunications system might, for example, require the creation of a new legal and regulatory framework or significant amendments to existing law. To provide a sense of the scope of the Bank's work in legal reform, below is an overview of legal reform work undertaken by the Bank.

Legal and Judicial Reform Learning Program (World Bank Institute)

The objective of the World Bank Institute’s Legal and Judicial Reform learning program is to examine, through case studies, reform experiences regarding the relationship between legal and judicial reforms and strategies for controlling corruption, as well as to bring support to the countries facing these processes.


Additional Bank Resources

World Bank Group

International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)


International Finance Corporation (IFC)

linkForeign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)



GenderStats is an electronic database of gender statistics and indicators developed jointly by the Development Data Group and the Gender and Development Group of the World Bank. It offers statistical data and other data on several subjects, ranging from health and education to political poverty. The Gender and Development Group has also developed a series of gender and development briefing notes that examine the legal aspects of gender equality.

linkGender and Development Briefing Notes

Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Public Sector Governance


Private Sector Development (PSD)

link PSD

World Bank Institute: Governance & Anticorruption


Updated as of: November 6, 2009

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