The Global Forum consists of two mutually-complementary pillars:
- A permanent forum of intellectual partners, clustered by topics ; and
- An ICT web-based platform, C4D.
It builds on existing informal networks and partnerships in specific thematic areas, strengthened and formalized through partners' commitment to the Global Forum Charter.
The Global Forum is an open platform. Members belong to two broad participant groups involved in the legal dimension of international development:
- International and regional organizations such as IFIs and stakeholders;
- National stakeholders, government and judicial authorities, academia, think tanks, civil society organizations and private sector.