Professors Macarena Saez and Fernanda Nicola
Professors Macarena Saez and Fernanda Nicola

AUWCL Faculty Take Part in World Bank Group’s “Law, Justice, and Development Week 2017”

Tuesday Evening Program on Gender, Development, and Public Service to Take Place at the Law School, 6:50 p.m., Grossman Hall

Nov. 6, 2017

American University Washington College of Law Professors Fernanda Nicola and Macarena Saez are participating in panel discussions Monday and Tuesday as part of the World Bank Group’s “Law, Justice, and Development Week 2017,” a high-level conference with an expected attendance of more than 1,300 people for the week. In addition, AUWCL is hosting “A Conversation on Gender, Development, and Public Service,” at the law school Tuesday evening.  This will be the first time part of the World Bank Group’s Law and Development Week conference will be held at AUWCL.

The event is presented by the Washington College of Law Program on International Organizations, the Center on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, the International Legal Studies Program, and the Women and the Law Program. "We’re proud of the roles that AUWCL faculty and alumni play in the integration of gender into the work of international organizations, such as the World Bank," said Daniela Kraiem, associate director of the Women and the Law Program. "Our community members bring their skills and perspectives to shape legal reforms—in areas such as prevention of violence, family law, and business regulation--that will create sustainable change in the lives of women around the world."

Sessions to Watch:

Monday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. – Professor Macarena Saez participates in Panel on: “Violence Against Women Around the World – How Much Do You Actually Know?”

Watch this panel live here:

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. – Professor Fernanda Nicola, director of the AUWCL Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy, participates in the panel “Inform to Reform: Using Comparative Law to Make Change.” Says Professor Nicola, “My approach stresses that the kind of social and legal change needed should be contextually tailored and depart from neoliberal reforms to preserve family values rather than enhancing family welfare.”

Watch this panel live on Tuesday here:

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6:50 - 8:00 p.m. – AUWCL hosts “A Conversation on Gender, Development, and Public Service.” The conversation will highlight the role of law and justice as an enabler for the full and equal participation of women and men in development objectives. Distinguished panelists will add a public service perspective, explaining how, in their own careers, gender has played an important role in re-imagining how national or international laws and institutions could be transformed to enhance equality and women’s opportunities. The conversation will be followed by a reception.

  • Introduction: Lia Epperson, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, AUWCL
  • Sarah Bloom Raskin, Rubenstein Fellow, Duke University and Former Deputy Secretary, Department of Treasury
  • Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice-President and World Bank Group General Counsel
  • Soraya Post, Member of the European Parliament
  • Moderator: Federiga Bindi, SAIS Senior Fellow