Investing in Justice for All to Prevent Violence and Conflict

Webcast World Bank Fragility Forum | 30 June, 2020 | 9.00 – 10.00 AM EST

The experience of the g7+ countries shows that justice is indispensable for conflict prevention sustaining peace in addition to being the most basic service.  People and businesses need a system to resolve their justice problems and enforce their rights in a way that is accessible, efficient, and fair. State’s ability to provide accessible justice determine factors needed for stability.  If people and businesses lack such mechanisms, a range of negative consequences emerge. Justice delayed or denied contributes to unrest and fragility. Hence framing goals on Justice together with peace and effective institutions was not a coincidence, but the nexus the conflict affected countries such as those in the g7+ have lived for decades. Providing timely and fair justice has a positive multiplier effect for sustainable development. The g7+ members in The Joint Action Plan for Access to Justice for All in Conflict-Affected Countries calls upon all actors to integrate justice considerations into their peace, security and development strategies and recommends concrete steps to make people-centered justice a reality. The Justice for All report outlines the critical role that people-centered justice can play in protecting societies from insecurity and conflict. The need for people-centered justice has never been greater due to the urgent challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses. The pandemic has not only exposed and intensified existing injustices and deepened inequality, but it has also increased the risk of violence and conflict in every region.  This is a reminder of the institutional fragility that reinforces itself and therefore validates, the g7+ call for support in building the institutions to become resilient. Justice sector is among those institutions that need equal attention.  People-centered approaches can help societies manage the institutional, social and economic fallout from the pandemic and can help build more just and peaceful societies for the future. The Pathways for Peace report, warns that, “A breakdown of justice systems and the rule of law generally can inflame the grievances that may be mobilized for conflict and create incentives for violent behavior.”

Webcast Panel

We are beginning to better understand the impact of investing in institutions to enable  people-centered access to justice services on the prevention of violence and conflict. The World Bank FCV Strategy highlights justice and the rule of law as one of the six areas of special emphasis, recognizing that the World Bank should increase its investment and programming on this topic. But how? This panel will provide insights and guidance for how to do justice to justice in contexts affected by conflict and violence. The 60-minute webcast will start with a high-level panel consisting of a Ministers of Justice of a g7+ group and representatives of the World Bank and donor community will discuss the findings and their impact on the World Bank’s investments in fragile settings and countries affected by conflict and violence. The following outcomes are anticipated:
  • Better understanding of the impact of investing in building institutions to enable access to people-centered justice services on the prevention of violence and conflict.
  • Integration of investments in strengthening access to people centered justice as part of strategies for the prevention of violence and conflict.
  • Better understanding the importance of the resilience of justice system in national COVID-19 responses and strategies.
  • Enhance fragile to fragile cooperation and peer learning.


  • E. Musa F. Dean, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Liberia
  • E. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
  • Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank
  • Ferid Belhaj, Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group
Moderator: Sarah Cliffe, Director, NYU Center on International Cooperation Link to the webcast and maybe a short description and guide


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