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Loyola Co-Founds Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development

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Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Co-Founds Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development
International Web-Based Platform Supports Rule of Law in Developing Countries

CHICAGO, February 8, 2012—Loyola University Chicago School of Law has become a founding intellectual partner of the new World Bank Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD). The forum, which features a number of partners, serves as an innovative and dynamic international web-based platform for financial and academic institutions and international organizations to exchange information, examine current trends in legal and justice reform, and support developing countries in their efforts to build the rule of law.

The forum uses a multi-disciplinary approach to support these developing countries.
It will serve as an effective tool to discuss policy responses and exchange first-hand experiences any time of day, anywhere in the world, and more importantly, free of charge.

“While our law school, through its LLM Program on Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW®) will take the lead in the forum, legal reform processes involve inter-disciplinary approaches that can be informed and supported by a number of Loyola University Chicago faculties,” says David Yellen, dean of Loyola’s School of Law. “We look forward to lending the substantial expertise of our University to this important initiative.”

The forum will help identify, examine, and produce innovative and customized legal solutions to global, regional, or national development challenges. It seeks to: (1) promote a better understanding of the role of law and justice in the development process, through structured dialogues of relevant stakeholders, and a research agenda that will support knowledge co‐generation including academia and think‐tanks; and (2) strengthen and better integrate legal and judicial institutions in the development process through selected capacity building initiatives and an open repository of knowledge.

“Loyola has a particular interest in promoting ways to support developing countries’ ability to generate and implement their own legal reforms without the need to rely on foreign advisors to do so,” says William T. Loris, professor and program director of the LLM Program on Rule of Law for Development at Loyola. “As this fits well with the forum’s philosophy, we will look for opportunities to pursue this idea with all of our forum partners.”

Other organizations involved with the forum include: the World Bank, the European Bank for Economic Development, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the African Development Bank, the International Development Law Organization, and a number of universities, including Syracuse University, who is playing a key role in hosting the forum’s IT platform. For a full list of partners, please visit http://bbi.syr.edu/gfljd/partners.htm.

For more information on the forum, please visit its website at http://bbi.syr.edu/gfljd/.

About the PROLAW Program
PROLAW is a one-year LLM degree program in Rule of Law for Development that was launched in September 2011 at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy. From their first day on the job, graduates will be qualified to act as advisors in technical assistance projects, and in national initiatives undertaken by legal and judicial authorities in developing countries. For more information, visit LUC.edu/prolaw

About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, business law, child and family law, health law, rule of law for development, and tax law. In addition, the school offers the Master of Jurisprudence for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, and health law, as well as two doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw).

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university byU.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.

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