The Rule of Law and Development Program (RoLD Program)

signifies collaborative efforts between the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) and the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School in bringing together young scholars and policymakers to learn from likeminded peers about the intricacies of the rule of law in contemporary contextsAs an integral part of the RoLD Program, the RoLD 2020: The Resilient Leader seeks to strengthen human capacities to formulate and develop a true understanding of how the rule of law operates within our multifaceted society

Spotlight Theme: The Rule of Law and Sustainable Development

The rule of law is no longer seen as only a complement to ongoing attempts at building peaceful and inclusive society, but it is the very cornerstone on which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) rests. It is like a thread which weaves together all of the goals within the 2030 Agenda, forming vital conditions that create a conducive environment for the advancement of equitable and sustained economic growth, as well as full realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms. In this respect, the rule of law and development are not only strongly intertwined, but are also mutually reinforcing. For public institutions to become more effective, accountable and inclusive, in accordance with SDGs Goal 16, it is crucial that relevant actors in all sectors come to appreciate the rule of law in all its complexities as the key factor in furthering development efforts at the national and international levels.

The Intensive Policy Skills Workshop Experience

One of the highlights of RoLD 2020 Program is the TIJ-IGLP Workshop for Emerging Leaders on the Rule of Law and Policy which offers a unique opportunity for practitioners from different sectors to engage with their global peers in policy dialogue facilitated by a network of international and interdisciplinary faculty from the TIJ and the Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. This intensive week (organized in June 2021), designed exclusively for young and successful professionals, will unlock the complex and dynamic linkages between the rule of law and policy making processes in the economic, political and social development at local, regional and international levels.

The curriculum has been customized to ensure that participants benefit from peer-to-peer learning in order to strengthen their knowledge and skills for addressing the most pressing policy challenges in today’s global environment. Through peer-to-peer collaboration, intensive mentoring and cross-training, the Workshop aims to strengthen the next generation of policy leaders as they develop innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, social justice and governance.   Participants will benefit from the mentorship of experts, professionals and thinkers by actively participating in thematic discussions and policy case studies covering topics that highlight the fundamental roles of the rule of law in policy development that affects our daily lives.


The RoLD 2020 Program, comprised of the flagship courses on the Rule of Law and Development, aims to bring together resilient leaders from diverse fields to learn about the intricacies of the rule of law and its importance amid the societal upheaval during the pandemic with the hope to create a more peaceful and just society as the foundation for sustainable development.


1. Introductory to SDGs and the Rule of Law

Signifies collaborative efforts in bringing together emerging leaders, scholars and policymakers to learn from like-minded peers about the intricacies of the rule of law in contemporary contexts, which seeks to strengthen human capacities to formulate and develop a true understanding of how the rule of law operates within our multi-faceted society.

2. Special Lecture Series (Conducted in Thai)

On-site lecture series to learn from invited keynote speakers of their first-hand experiences on the cross-cutting global law and policy trends.

3. Global Webinar Series (Conducted in English with simultaneous Thai translation)

Interactive online discussions hosted by the IGLP on the challenges and impacts related to the COVID-19 crisis, including:

1) Comparative regulatory responses
2) Social justice, poverty and inequality
3) Criminal justice reform
4) Development and global production chains
5) Labor, education and the future of work
6) Global governance and multilateralism

4. Problem Labs: Executive Future Thinking for Justice Series (Conducted in English, no translation)

Provides participants with unique hands-on introductory sessions to innovative problem solving through the lens of future thinking. The Problem Labs curriculum features creative forward-looking tools and methods to engineer timely and long-term solutions for justice issues.

5. TIJ-IGLP Workshop for Emerging Leaders on the Rule of Law and Policy (Conducted in English, no Translation)

Opportunities to share practical policy initiatives, discuss about novel approaches to complex socio-economic problems, cultivate skills in offering feedback, present and synthesize on the ground experiences in a policy discourse framework, as well as benefit from peer-to-peer engagement with mentorship from experienced IGLP faculty members.

6. Field Trips

Exclusively organized for emerging leaders to witness policy development at work.

7. TIJ International Forum (Conducted in English with simultaneous Thai translation)

Participants will hear from invited experts on the application of the rule of law and its positive impacts to create meaningful changes around the globe. Selected participants will also present their views and concluding thoughts to over 200 attendants from public and private sectors at the TIJ International Forum on the Rule of Law and Sustainable Development.

8. Valued Network of Leaders & Policy Makers

The objective of the RoLD 2020 Program is to cultivate an appreciation of the importance of the rule of law, particularly its fundamental role in the achievement of sustainable development. It provides a platform that encourages constructive discussion among practitioners across sectors and promotes interactive learning through experience sharing. With a deeper understanding of how and why the rule of law is essential for sustained and inclusive economic growth, human rights protection and sustainable development, participants will become a part of a new network of emerging leaders who will act as agents of change in their respective fields and bridge thinking into practice.


The vision of the TIJ is to be a promoter of change in the enhancement of the justice system and the integration of the rule of law into sustainable development frameworks in Thailand, the ASEAN region, and internationally through research, capacity-building and policy advocacy activities. Building on Thailand’s engagement in the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the UN Crime Congresses, the TIJ serves as a bridge that transfers global norms to local practice focusing on cross-cutting issues including the interconnection between the rule of law and sustainable development, peace and security….

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About The Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School

The Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School is a collaborative faculty effort to nurture innovative approaches to global policy in the face of a legal and institutional architecture manifestly ill-equipped to address our most urgent global challenges. Global poverty, conflict, injustice and inequality are also legal and institutional regimes. The IGLP explores the ways in which they are reproduced and what might be done in response. They aim to provide a platform at Harvard for new thinking about international legal and institutional arrangements, with particular emphasis on ideas and issues of importance to the global South. …

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Should Attend

Young and successful professionals from diverse fields of work including government, social entrepreneurship, businesses, and civil society organizations, among others, who are

  • inspired to learn about the Rule of Law and its connection to their field of work
  • determined to make a change in the policy making process
  • ready to cultivate the network established at the Workshop in support of their roles as agents of change in society