Law, Justice and Development Week 2015
ARDD – Legal Aid’s Director Samar Muhareb participated in the World Bank Group’s annual Law, Justice and Development Week, which was held through November 16-20th, 2015 at the WB Headquarters in Washington DC. The conference brought together World Bank staff, government officials, lawyers, international development practitioners amongst other notable members of society.
This year’s LJD week examined how Governance and Law affected the progress and development of nations and focused on how governing principles result in sustainable development outcomes.
During the LJD Week, Wednesday, November 18th was designated as MENA Day, which took an in-depth look at legal and economic social developments in the Middle East and North Africa. Ms. Muhareb was a speaker on The Legal Profession in the Middle East panel, alongside Milena Sanchez de Boado, Senior Adviser at the American Bar Association, Roger El Khoury, Executive Director of the Arab Center for the Development of the Rule of law and Integrity based in Lebanon, and Kilian Bälz, Partner, Amereller Legal Consultants based in Egypt. The panel closely examined the role of lawyers in socioeconomic development of the Middle East and North Africa and discussed the challenges facing legal professionals in the region.
In addition, Ms. Muhareb was a panelist on The Middle East Refugee Crisis: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of Development Partners, which convened Francois Reybet-Degat, Deputy-Director at the Regional Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Kate Phillips-Barrasso, Director of Policy and Advocacy at International Rescue Committee, Ferid Belhaj, Attorney, Country Director, MENA, World Bank. The panel sought to examine the impacts of the crisis, the cooperation between humanitarian and development agencies, legal challenges related to refugees and the role of development institutions in providing support to the region.