The World Justice Forum III adopted working methodologies similar to those adopted for the first and second World Justice Forums, as well as the nine regional outreach meetings in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and North America that have been held since 2008.
The Forum III work methodology, as highlighted below, was designed to accomplish several goals: 1) to stimulate and incubate projects which participants will lead themselves for implementation for advancing the rule of law in their respective communities; 2) to build new multidisciplinary partnerships and expand network of leaders; and 3) to exchange and disseminate lessons-learned.
The Forum format included full plenary sessions, topical plenary sessions, together with various project design sessions. The project design sessions were the core, allowing participants to meet and engage in small working sessions by discipline, and by regional and topical issues, to identify the ways in which the absence of the rule of law affects their goals and how they can commit and contribute to strengthening the rule of law by creating and leading concrete projects. These projects are expected to be achievable within 12-18 months.
Forum participants utilized data for 66 countries and jurisdictions from the groundbreaking WJP Rule of Law Index®, as well as lessons learned from the WJP’s past and present projects, including those supported by the Opportunity Fund.