Policy Workshop Teams
These peer-to-peer sessions form the core of the Workshop experience: an opportunity to brainstorm together in new ways about pressing policy challenges. Each participant will bring a recent policy experience to the group for discussion. Participants will be mentored by renowned faculty members selected by the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School who will facilitate thematic discussions and encourage interactive learning drawing from experiences of the participants. This small-group format allows participants to engage on a one-on-one basis with their peers and specialist faculty members, as well as to share ideas and receive feedback on their work. Participants will be assigned to a group and paired with a partner.
Presenting a policy initiative is a crucial professional skill, whether one is addressing a senior colleague, a minister, a group of stakeholders or a public setting. Each participant will have the opportunity to strengthen this important skill by developing a short presentation of a policy issue with which they are familiar in their Workshop Team.
The plenary sessions of the Workshop will feature presentations, lectures and panel discussions by accomplished experts from various fields who will provide participants with insight into the policy spheres at various levels and the underlying concepts of the rule of law. They will also serve as an overview of the most effective thinking about the rule of law as a foundation for making informed political choices and building sustainable policy. The following Rule of Law lectures have been confirmed:
- “Asking Better Policy Questions” – Osama Siddique (Pakistan) Law and Policy Research Network
- “Analyzing Distributional Impact” – Kerry Rittich (Canada) University of Toronto
- “Ways of Knowing” – Sheila Jasanoff (United States) Harvard Kennedy School of Government
- “The Role of Law in Policy” – David Kennedy (United States) Harvard Law School
- Keynote Address – Surakiart Sathirathai (Thailand) Former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
Interactive mini-courses are offered by the IGLP faculty to review current scholarly developments and engage in case-based learning while engaging with global IGLP Workshop participants. Participants will choose three streams based on their interest and preference.
- Corporations in Global Society
- Criminal Justice
- Development Financing: One Silk Road Initiative
- Good Governance: Public and Constitutional Law
- Global Regulation, Finance and Tax policy
- Human Rights and Social Justice
- International Law
- Law and Development
- Law and Inequality: Labor, Migration & Debt
- Law, Religion, Gender and the State in Southeast Asia
- Poverty and Social Inclusion
- Private Law and Global Political Economy
- Science, Technology and Expertise in Policy
- Trade Policy: Contemporary Issues
Following all the aforementioned sessions, participants will receive the opportunity during a preparatory breakout session to derive and synthesize their discussions and findings to identify key themes with regards to the possible approaches in mainstreaming the rule of law into practical policy initiatives. Selected participants from each of the Policy Team workshop sessions will be invited to present the key findings at the Public Forum to be organized in conjunction with the Workshop, which will take place on the last day of the Workshop on Friday, January 12.
- Key topics that will be covered in these presentations include the importance of the rule of law in enhancing the operational environmental across all sectors and how it can be incorporated to guide business transactions and decision-making at all levels. The presentations will also feature policy recommendations covering innovative solutions for the practical application of the rule of law. Representatives will be encouraged to select a mode of presentation they think is most suitable for the content they wish to present.