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Lex:lead International Essay Competition 2019 for Undergraduate Students in Developing Countries

Up to twelve (12) US$500 awards are to be made in February 2019 to the top-ranked essays answering this year’s essay question:

“How can access to justice reduce poverty and support economic development?”

Application Timeline: 31st October 2019

Essays due 31 December 2019 (no extensions).

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan,  Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Yemen, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Rep., Chad, Comoros, DR Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, GuineaBissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger,Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Rep.), Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe 

Eligible Field of Study: Law

About the Award: Lex:lead is a group of international lawyers and friends who support economic development focusing on the world’s least developed countries.

Lex:lead offers an annual essay competition on topics of law and development to the world’s least developed countries. In this way they transfer one-time US$500 awards to students for addressing fundamental questions.  In 2015 we also started placing students in internships through the World Bank and other institutions. Launched with funding from the International Bar Association Foundation, Lex:lead is an intellectual partner to the World Bank-supported Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development.

Type: Contest

Eligibility: 

  • Candidates must be registered to compete: essays from unregistered candidates will not be accepted.
  • Candidates must be a citizen of an eligible country and a student (usually of law) with proof of educational enrollment in an eligible country (in January 2020).

Number of Awardees: 12

Value of Contest: US$500

How to Apply: Answer all questions to register (incomplete or inaccurate registrations cannot be accepted). Do not register if you cannot provide proof of eligible citizenship and eligible enrollment.

Visit Contest Webpage for details

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