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Global Judges Forum – Working Group Session LAC 2006

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Buenos Ares, June 14-16, 2006


The World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency organized the 2006 Working Group Session of the Global Judges Forum, in cooperation with the International Association of Judges, the Latin American Federation of the Judiciary, the European Association of Judges, the Argentine Federation of Magistrates, and the Argentine Association of Federal Judges. 

Over fifty participants (List of Participants, pdf - 104kb) from 31 different Latin American, Caribbean, North American and European countries came together in the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange Building (Photo Album, pdf - 706kb) in order to discuss the following topics (Agenda, pdf 220kb):

The first three topics formed a unit as they all dealt explicitly with delegation of judicial work to non-judicial entities. The first topic dealt with possible alternative entities, such as mediators and arbitrators while the following two topics investigate which aspects of court and enforcement procedures respectively could be subjected to such delegation and substitution. The fourth topic, in contrast, touched on a completely different subject, the co-operation between courts, which, as a consequence of globalization, is of growing importance for the judiciary in the context of international insolvency law.

Christina Biebesheimer, Chief Counsel of the World Bank’s Justice Reform Practice Group, delivered the opening remarks.  Elena Highton de Nolasco, Vice President of the Argentine Supreme Court of Justice, Ricardo Luis Lorenzetti, Minister of the same Court, and Adolfo Rouillon, Senior Counsel of the World Bank’s Finance, Private Sector & Infrastructure Group and former President of the Court of Appeals in Rosario, Argentina also addressed welcoming remarks to the participants, who followed very attentively the presentations during the two conference days and entered into lively discussions (Summary Report, pdf - 208kb).

In advance to the sessions, a list of relevant bibliography was provided to the participants. Combining presentations and debates, the forum aimed to provide not only a forum to share experiences but also a platform to contribute to assessing solutions to existing challenges, as well as improving the processes of institutional evaluation and judicial reform (Evaluation Summary, pdf - 116kb).

Updated as of: September 12, 2006 










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