Saturday, March 24th, 2012
8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall
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Cambridge, MA 01238
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Role of Law in Economic

Role of Law in Economic Development

In developed countries, the law plays a significant role in shaping and directing various sectors of the economy. Can we say the same thing about African countries? How is the law and the legal profession evolving to meet the changing economic development needs of African countries? How can legal tools be used to chart the path for economic development?


1.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.

Kalidou Gadio – General Counsel, Africa Development Bank

A Mauritanian national, is the General Counsel of the African Development Bank. Prior to this position, Kalidou Gadio served within the Bank as a Division Manager of the Operations Affairs Division in the Legal Department and as Country Director for North Africa Region I. Prior to joining the Bank, Kalidou Gadio worked with Coudert Brothers in New York as an Associate Attorney and with Jeantet et Association, an international law firm in Paris. He holds an LL.M from Harvard Law School (class of 1987), an Advanced Degree in international law from University of Paris II and a License en Droite from the University of Mohamed V in Morocco. Mr. Kalidou Gadio is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars and a former member of the Paris Bar.

Prof. David B. Wilkins (Harvard Law School)

Professor Wilkins is the Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, and the Faculty Director of the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Faculty Associate of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. Professor Wilkins has written extensively on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author (along with his Harvard Law School colleague Andrew Kaufman) of one of the leading casebooks in the field. His current scholarly projects on the profession include After the JD, a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers' careers, the Harvard Law School Career Study, a quantitative and qualitative examination of how corporations purchase legal services, an empirical project on the development of "ethical infrastructure" in large law firms based on a series of focus groups with leading practitioners and regulators, an examination of the practice of “offshoringâ€ù legal work to India, and over 200 in-depth interviews in connection with a forthcoming Oxford University Press book on the development of the black corporate bar. Professor Wilkins is a frequent speaker at academic institutions and conferences, bar organizations, and law firms and other professional service organizations in the United States and around the world. He has received numerous honors and awards, including being selected as the 2009 Commencement Speaker at the University of Iowa College of Law and the 2008 Distinguished Scholar by the Order of the Coif.

Aminu Gamawa – HLS SJD Student

Aminu Gamawa is an attorney, mediator and human rights activist from Nigeria. He provides legal and policy advice to many international and Nigerian domestic organizations, including UNICEF, GTZ, FIDA, USAID and the Civil Liberties Organization. He taught law at Ebonyi State University. Mr. Gamawa’s major areas of interest are law and development, legal profession, human rights, international law, dispute resolution, terrorism and national security, legal and social theory, access to justice, maternal and reproductive health, gender and law reform. He is a regular commentator on VOA (Hausa) and BBC (Hausa) on legal and International Affairs. Mr. Gamawa is the recipient of many fellowships and awards in recognition of his contributions to development and access to justice, including the David and Lucile Packard Leadership Development Mechanism Fellowship, African Leadership Forum Fellowship, MacArthur-Pathfinder Emerging Leaders Fellowship, U.S state department exchange fellow on inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts, and the SIT Peace Building Fellow, among others. Mr.Gamawa holds an LLM from Harvard University, and an LLB from University of Maiduguri, BL from Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He is currently a Doctoral candidate, Weinstein International Fellow on Dispute Resolution and Coordinator Harvard Law School Graduate Forum.

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