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Ellen Gracie Northfleet to speak at the 2011 World Justice Forum III

Justice Ellen Gracie Northfleet, Former Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil; Member of the WJP Board of Directors, will speak at the World Justice Forum III to be held from June 20-23, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Minister Northfleet will speak on a panel entitled “Women and The Rule Of Law”.

Over 450 leaders from more than one hundred countries representing over 20 work disciplines will convene at World Justice Forum III to incubate projects that will advance the rule of law in communities around the world. Invited by the hosting organization of the World Justice Project (WJP), participants include heads of state and Supreme Court justices, public health workers, military and public safety officials, religious leaders, school teachers, business people, journalists, engineers, environmentalists and artists.

The rule of law is essential to the work of all parts of society. It is the key to the promotion of political stability, economic opportunity, social progress and fundamental fairness and equity. Without the rule of law, women and children suffer atrocities, corrupt governments divert public resources needed for public works and economic growth is stifled.

The World Justice Forum is the world’s largest global multidisciplinary gathering of policymakers, advocates and representatives to advance the rule of law, and is the only such platform in the world. The objective of the Forum is to design multidisciplinary projects by Forum participants which may be locally implemented to strengthen the rule of law.

Minister Northfleet will be joined by Joyce Aluoch, Judge, International Criminal Court, Kenya; Laurel Bellows, President-Elect Designate, American Bar Association, USA; Nadereh Chamlou, Senior Advisor, World Bank, USA and Cindy Dyer, Vice President, Vital Voices Global Partnership to discuss important issues facing the most effective means of preserving the rule of law in certain communities with formal justice systems, and their human rights implications. The Forum will feature inspiring panel discussions on pressing rule of law issues relating to public health, the environment, underground economies, human trafficking, fair elections, freedom of the press, as well as economic development. Keynote speakers include: Cherie Booth QC, Co-Founder of Africa Justice Foundation and Founder of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; David B. Wilkins, Vice Dean of Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession and Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School; Amr Musa, Secretary-General of the Arab League; Beverley McLaughlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; and Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. WJP Honorary Co-chairs William H. Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, will also speak at the event.

The Forum participants will also be provided with new data from the WJP Rule of Law Index™, the WJP’s quantitative assessment tool measuring countries’ adherence to the rule of law. Launched in October 2010, the Rule of Law Index will be expanding to include data from 65 countries—including Brazil, China and Russia. The new data will be released on June 13, 2011, in time to aid dialogue and project planning at the Forum.

About the World Justice Project

The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, non-profit organization working to advance the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity worldwide. Its work is carried out through three complementary and mutually reinforcing programs: Mainstreaming the rule of law including the convening of the World Justice Forum; the Rule of Law Index; and Scholarship. The WJP’s multinational, multidisciplinary efforts are dedicated to stimulating government reforms that enhance the rule of law, developing practical programs in support of the rule of law at the community level, and increasing public awareness about the concept and practice of the rule of law. For more information, please visit

About the World Justice Forum

The World Justice Forum is the World Justice Project’s largest international event, where representatives from a variety of disciplines develop projects that strengthen the rule of law. The World Justice Forum is the world’s largest global multidisciplinary gathering of policymakers, advocates and representatives to advance the rule of law, and is the only such platform in the world. The first two World Justice Forums were held in Vienna, Austria, in July 2008 and November 2009, respectively. World Justice Forum III will take place on June 20-23, 2011, in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit


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