Deadline: 31 August 2018

Overview

As the World Bank endeavors to become a global knowledge bank, there is a constant need to innovate and generate fresh ideas and solutions around development topics.  The Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2018 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions is a brand new initiative launched by Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel Sandie Okoro on June 18, 2018 during the Gender and The Judiciary Conference in Arusha, Tanzania.  The competition aims to foster innovation, produce legal solutions to development challenges, and most importantly, provide a venue for young African law school students to contribute to meaningful discussions around legal and development topics.

Prevailing theme of the LJD Week 2018 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions is in line with that of the LJD Week, namely, Rights, Protection and Development.  We seek creative, innovative, scalable, and timely ideas from currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate level law school students (pursuing L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M. and other similar academic programs) under the age of 28 from Sub-Saharan African and North African member states of the World Bank Group.

LJD Week 2018 student contestants are requested to answer the following question in no more than 3500 characters:  What legal initiatives or measures should the World Bank support or put in place to economically empower disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and groups in your country with the intention of reducing poverty and boosting prosperity?

Submitters of the top two proposals will be funded by the Legal Vice Presidency to travel to Bank Group Headquarters during the LJD Week and present their ideas in a TED-Style Talk format in front of LJD Week participants, including VIPs like ministers of justice, attorney generals, chief justices of supreme and constitutional courts.  Additionally, they will have the chance to publish their pieces in the LJD Week 2018 Blog along with the endorsement of the Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel.  In addition to the top two winners, five additional submitters will also be able to publish their ideas in the LJD Week 2018 Blog.

Eligibility

Participants must be

  • currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate level law school students (pursuing L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M. and other similar academic programs),
  • must hold citizenship from any African country, and
  • be aged between 18 and 28.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Please submit your entry by August 31, 2018 11:59 PM EST through the following link.

Submissions through email or mail shall not be considered.

Selection

Selection Committee consisting of World Bank Group Legal Vice Presidency staff members will evaluate and score all submitted student proposals.  As part of the selection process, 10 applicants with top scores shall be asked to present their proposals virtually (via Skype) in front of the Selection Committee before the final determination is made.

Winning submissions will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevance and timeliness to LJD Week 2018 theme;
  • Potential impact of the proposal;
  • Clarity of content presentation;
  • Originality and creativity;
  • Innovation;
  • Practicality; and
  • Potential for scale-up.

Prizes

Top two winners will be invited on a fully financed trip to the World Bank Group Headquarters in Washington D.C. to present their proposals at the Law, Justice and Development Week 2018, to be held on November 5-9, 2018.

Top seven submitters will be able to publish their ideas on the LJD Week 2018 Blog endorsed by the Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel.  These ideas will be circulated among all LJD Week 2018 participants and promoted through social media channels.

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