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Justice Sector Reform 101 Course

Location:   MC10-100
Begins:   Nov 11, 2010 08:45
Ends:   Nov 12, 2010 18:00


Training Objective

Justice Sector Reform 101 has been developed as a training program specifically for the benefit of World Bank Group staff.  The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to justice sector development work at the Bank.  While this specific training event will be conducted in a condensed form as part of the Law, Justice and Development Week, the event is open to all Bank staff interested in learning about the core elements of justice sector work at the Bank. 

Course Description

Over this two-day course, leading justice sector experts and practitioners from inside the Bank will guide trainees through a program of interactive and practical assignments focusing on the core elements justice reform projects.  The program includes a practical assignment for trainees to be covered within two day program.

Course Program

Justice sector experts with World Bank experience will  present to trainees the main issues involved in assessing, designing and evaluating key components of justice reform projects; namely, conducting a diagnostic, addressing infrastructure shortcomings, reducing court delay, improving access to justice, enhancing human resource capacities , engaging with the non-formal justice sector, and monitoring and evaluating justice sector reform programs.  General background information and other resource materials will be provided to each participant.


Thursday, November 11, 2010
8:45am – 9:15 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:15am – 9:30am

Welcome and Overview of the Program
Christina Biebesheimer and Heike Gramckow (LEGJR)

This session will provide a short summary of the Bank’s track record in justice reform, what is easy and what is problematic in justice sector reform projects.  This will be followed by an overview of the program.

09:30am – 11:00am 

Ground Work: Identifying the Challenges through Justice Sector Diagnostics 
Linn Hammergren (consultant)

Learn about and discuss the different tools available for diagnosing the justice sector, including: choosing assessment methodologies, comprehensive justice sector assessments vs. partial assessments; desk reviews; descriptive data versus problem focus; data collection methodologies; how to generate and utilize empirical data; process; identifying and engaging with stakeholders; incorporating these tools into existing World Bank AAA products such as CGACs and Country Economic Memorandum.

11:15am – 12:30pm

Typical Challenge 1: Delay in Service Delivery by Justice Sector Institutions
Barry Walsh (LEGJR)

Delay is one of the most common symptoms of a dysfunctional justice system. The causes, however, can be manifold and the strategy to address delay will need to be based on empirical evidence and address the specific causes identified.

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch break
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Typical Challenge 2: Lack of Access to Justice
Waleed Malik (PSM) and Vivek Maru (LEGJR)

Access to justice is more than just a label for bottom-up activities. Different segments of the population may find access difficult for a variety of reasons ranging from lack of empowerment, lack of information, cost, distance, bias and culture. It is important to be clear about what may be the access challenges in order to address them successfully.

3:45pm – 5:15pm

Typical Challenge 3: Insufficient Human Resource Capacity
Luba Beardsley (LEGJR)

Human resources in justice systems of many developing countries lack the capacity to perform in their jobs. This is true for judges, prosecutors, and court staff alike, but also for other legal professionals. Training programs and the establishment of judicial training academies are therefore a common element of donor responses. This session will look at typical issues around training and training institutions.

5:15pm – 5:30pm

Wrapping up the day and discussing assignments
Heike Gramckow (LEGJR)

Friday, November 12, 2010

9:15am – 10:45am

Typical Challenge 4: Inappropriate and Decrepit Judicial Infrastructure

Klaus Decker (PSM) and Gerry Thacker (consultant)
The justice systems in many developing countries suffer from an infrastructure that has insufficient coverage, is not designed for judicial institutions, and is in such bad shape that service delivery to those seeking justice is seriously affected. This session will shed light on how justice reform programs can address this challenge.

10:45am – 11:00am

Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:30pm

Typical Challenge 5: Legal pluralism and Justice in Development
Nick Menzies and Rea Abada Chiongson (LEGJR)

Legal pluralism can be defined as the presence of more than one legal order in a given context. Most, if not all, countries in all regions of the world can be characterized as being legally plural. Yet in certain contexts, particularly where state law is weak, legal pluralism presents particular challenges for development. Designers of successful Bank projects in legally plural contexts need, not only to explore and consider the multiple strands that make up the law, but to also consider the ways development projects across the spectrum of the Bank's work can affect the plural regulatory environment. This session will explore the growing part of the Bank's justice portfolio that is undertaken with this outlook.

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Working Lunch – Developing the exercise assignment

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Monitoring and Evaluation of Justice Reform Activities
Heike Gramckow (LEGJR)

Developing a solid monitoring and evaluation framework for justice reform activities, defining realistic targets, choosing smart outcome and output indicators and using a sound data mix can be a challenging undertaking, even for experienced task team leaders. This session will provide participants with useful insights and guidance.

3:30pm – 3:45pm

Coffee Break

3:45pm – 5:15pmPractical Assignment Presentation - The course participants will present their practical case assignment in teams.
Discussants: Rick Messick, Christina Biebesheimer, Heike Gramckow, Barry Walsh
5:15pm – 5:30pmWrapping up the course
Christina Biebesheimer (LEGJR)

Last updated: 2010-11-19

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