Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

World Justice Challenge Webinar: Access to Justice for All

World Justice Challenge Webinar Event  | 16 December 2020 |  16:00 – 17:00 CET​

Access to Justice for All and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Action


The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare significant deficits and inequities in fulfilling the promise of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 to “provide access to justice for all”. By all accounts, the pandemic is taking its greatest toll on those who traditionally have been excluded from justice systems and plunging more people into this plight. While the pandemic has created new challenges for reaching “justice for all” by 2030, it also has highlighted the importance and new opportunities for doing so.

Co-sponsored by World Justice Challenge thematic partners the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, this discussion will focus on problems in achieving access to justice for all that have been raised and exacerbated by the pandemic. Panelists will also discuss recommendations for action needed to address underlying challenges, support an effective recovery process, and build back toward more just, rule-of-law-based societies.

The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis is a global competition to identify, recognize, and promote good accountable governance practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law in this time of unprecedented crisis.

Panelists and moderator:

  • David Satola, Lead Counsel, Technology and Innovation, The World Bank
  • Zainab Malik, Program Development Specialist, IDLO
  • Maaike de Langen, Program Lead, Justice for All, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
  • Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, World Justice Project (Moderator)


Wednesday, 16 December 2020   |  16:00 – 17:00 CET


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Apply to the 2021 World Justice Challenge

Applications for the World Justice Challenge 2021 close December 11! The competition is open to a variety of organization types, including: civil society, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, national and multilateral government agencies, local government bodies, businesses/private sector enterprises, and law firms from any country in the world.

  • Cash awards ($20,000 USD) will go to six projects that show demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress, replication, and scaling.
  • Five winners will be chosen by a committee of experienced judges and one winner will be selected by popular vote by WJP's network for its inspiration and impact.


IDLO is pleased to partner with the World Justice Project as one of the Challenge sponsors and partners.