Saturday, March 24th, 2012
8.30 am - 5.00 pm
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Integrating/Mainstreaming Human Rights

Integrating/Mainstreaming Human Rights in The World Bank Development Programs
The World Bank has launched a human rights program with a financial support from Nordic countries (Nordic Trust Fund) in the amount of USD 20 million to develop a more informed view among Bank staff on how human rights relates to its core work and mission of promoting economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing countries. Several such learning projects have been started since the launch of the program and a symposium to exchange and share view and experiences among the World Bank staff and academicians and human rights experts on progress and challenges faced to date is useful to inform the ongoing projects plan for future programs.


Siobhan McInerney-Lankford

Dr. Siobhan McInerney-Lankford is Senior Policy Officer in the World Bank Operations Policy and Country Services Vice-Presidency (OPCS). There she works for the Nordic Trust on human rights (NTF) advising on human rights law and policy in World Bank activities and partnerships. From 2002-2010 she served as Counsel in the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency (LEGVPU) advising primarily on human rights law and safeguard policies. She is the World BankâÄôs representative on the OECD Development Assistance Committee Human Rights Task Team (having chaired the Task Team from 2006-2008), the World Bank representative on the UN High-Level Task Force on the Right to Development and she regularly represents the World Bank at the UN, EU and other international fora. Before joining the World Bank Dr. McInerney-Lankford worked in private practice in Washington D.C., focusing on public interest litigation and administrative law. She has published extensively on human rights law and co-authored The Human Right to Water: Legal and Policy Dimensions (2004), World Bank Studies on Human Rights Indicators in Development (2010) and Human Rights and Climate Change: A Review of the International Legal Dimensions (2011). Her human rights law experience includes work with the U.S. House of Representatives on the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, U.S. Federal District Court, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Free Legal Advice Centers (Dublin). Dr. McInerney-Lankford holds an LL.B. from Trinity College, Dublin (First Class Honors), a B.C.L. and D.Phil. from Oxford University and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of Rhode Island and the American Bar Association, as well as the American Society of International Law. In both 2010 and 2011 she was named among the Irish Legal 100 published by the Irish Voice newspaper.

Waleed Haider Malik

Waleed Haider Malik, a Pakistani national, is Senior Public Sector Management Specialist and Task Team Leader, Public Sector Reform and Governance, for the Africa Region of the World Bank. He has over eighteen years experience in developing countries in the public and private sectors. During the last twelve years he has been dealing with judicial reform and public sector modernization issues in several countries including Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Poland, Egypt, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Panama, Brazil, Spain, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Russia and Honduras.

Mila Cerecina

Mila Cerecina is a Program Fellow at the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). She works on Indicators for Development: Safety and Justice, a project dedicated to supporting state officials in Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea to develop and use their own indicators to spark, reinforce, and communicate progress toward strategic goals in justice and safety. Mila is leading the Programás indicator work with government officials in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. As a Frank Knox Fellow, Mila completed her Master of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, with a focus on Political and Economic Development. During her degree studies at Harvard she collaborated on justice and human rights projects with the Brookings Institution, the World Bank Justice for the Poor Initiative and the Judicial Service Commission of the Maldives. From 2007-2009 Mila was the Research Director to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia. As Executive Councillor of New South Wales Young Lawyers, and Chair of its Human Rights Committee, she led the production of a multilingual handbook providing legal information and directory assistance to new migrants and refugees.


Hassane Cissé, Deputy General Counsel, World Bank

Hassane Cissé, a national of Senegal, joined the World Bank in 1997 after serving for seven years as Counsel at the International Monetary Fund. He has been Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research, of the Bank since 2009. In this capacity, he provides intellectual leadership on strategic legal and policy issues facing the institution and leads the Bank's agenda on law, justice and development. He is the editor-in-chief of the World Bank's Law, Justice and Development Series and has published several papers on various aspects of international economic law. He regularly represents the Bank at international legal conferences and has delivered speeches and lectures on the above-mentioned topics. He co-edited in 2011 (with Professors Daniel Bradlow and Benedict Kingsbury) a book on International Financial Institutions and Global Legal Governance. Prior to his current position, Mr. Cissé served for many years as Chief Counsel for Operations Policy of the World Bank. In this capacity, he contributed to the modernization and simplification of the Bank's legal and policy framework to make it more responsive to the changing needs of its member countries. He also served as legal advisor on governance and anti-corruption and led, in particular the exercise that resulted in the adoption by the Bank in 2006 of an expanded policy framework for sanctions. He was appointed in 2007 to serve as a member of the World Bank's newly established Sanctions Board. Mr. Cissé obtained his LL.B (High Hons.) from Dakar University in Senegal where he graduated at the top of his Class; he also holds a LL.M degree from Harvard Law School as well as graduate law degrees (Hons.) from the universities of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris II Panthéon-Assas and a graduate degree in history from Paris I Panthéon - Sorbonne University (High Hons.). Mr. Cissé is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law.

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