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LJD Week 2018 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions

August 1-31, 2018

Washington DC


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  • 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 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Submissions must be original and well-written.

    The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 9, 2018 11:59 p.m. EST.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

    The proposal length should be no more than 3500 characters.  Longer entries will automatically be disqualified.

    Only one submission per entrant is allowed.

    The World Bank Group reserves the right to research and verify the eligibility of any entrants, and the decision of the World Bank Group shall be final.

    By entering the contest, participants agree to release the World Bank Group from any claims based on the contest and grant the World Bank Group all rights to their entry, including consent to publish their entered blog post on its website and social media channels.

    Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the competition.  Participants agree to comply with and be bound by the decisions of the World Bank Group, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this competition.

     

  • Concours de Solutions de Développement Ouvert aux Étudiants des Facultés de Droit

     

    Organisation

    La Vice-Présidence Juridique de la Banque Mondiale sous la direction de Madame Sandie Okoro, Première vice-presidente et directrice juridique du Groupe de la Banque mondiale, et dans le cadre de la semaine du Droit, de la Justice et du Développement (LJDWeek2018).

    Objet

    Les participants sont invités à répondre à la question suivante en 3500 caractères maximum:

    Quelles initiatives ou mesures juridiques la Banque mondiale devrait-elle appuyer ou mettre en place pour assurer l’autonomisation économique des personnes et des groupes défavorisés et vulnérables dans votre pays afin de réduire la pauvreté et favoriser la prospérité?

    Conditions de Participation

    Les participants doivent être:

    • Inscrits en premier cycle ou de deuxième cycle de droit (poursuivant les programmes L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M., Licence, Master 1 et Master 2 et autres programmes universitaires similaires).
    • Citoyens d’un pays d’Afrique.
    • Âgés entre 18 et 28 ans.

    Modalités et délais de candidature

    • Les propositions doivent être originales et bien écrites.
    • La date limite de soumission a été reportée au 9 septembre 2018 à 23h59. Heure normale de l’Est.
    • La longueur de la proposition ne doit pas dépasser 3500 caractères. Les propositions plus longues seront automatiquement disqualifiées.
    • Une seule soumission par participant est autorisée.
    • Les propositions doivent être individuelles et non pas collectives.
    • La Banque mondiale se réserve le droit de rechercher et de vérifier l'éligibilité des candidats, et la décision de la Banque mondiale sera définitive.
    • En participant au concours, les participants acceptent de libérer la Banque mondiale de toutes réclamations relatives au concours et accordent à la Banque mondiale tous les droits sur leur propositions, y compris la permission de les publier sur le site et réseaux sociaux de la Banque Mondiale.
    • Le non-respect de ces règles peut entraîner la disqualification du concours. Les participants acceptent de se conformer aux décisions de la Banque.

    Méthode de Sélection

    Le comité de sélection composé des membres du personnel de la vice-présidence juridique de la Banque mondiale évaluera et notera les propositions. Les dix participants retenus seront invités à présenter leurs propositions virtuellement (via Skype) devant le comité de sélection avant la décision finale.

    Critères de Sélection

    La sélection des propositions sera effectuée selon les critères suivants:

    • Pertinence et opportunité du thème de LJDWeek2018.
    • Impact potentiel de la proposition.
    • Clarté de la présentation du contenu.
    • Originalité et créativité.
    • Innovation, praticabilité.
    • Potentiel de mise à l'échelle.

    Prix

    • Les deux finalistes seront invités au siège de la Banque mondiale à Washington pour présenter leurs propositions à la Semaine du droit, de la justice et du développement (LJDWeek2018), du 5 au 9 novembre 2018. Leur voyage sera entièrement financé.
    • Les sept meilleurs participants pourront publier leurs propositions sur le blogue du LJDWeek2018. Ces propositions seront diffusées auprès des participants du LJDWeek2018 et promues sur les réseaux sociaux.

    Pour plus de détails, veuillez lire les informations en anglais.

    Cliquez ici pour soumettre votre proposition. La date limite de soumission est le 9 septembre 2018 à 23h59. Heure normale de l’Est.

     

Details

  • Submissmion Process: Closed
  • ELIGIBILITY: Currently enrolled undergraduate and 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.
  • TOPIC: 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?
  • CONTACT: In case of any questions, please contact the Organizing Committee of the Law, Justice and Development Week 2018 at ljdweek@worldbank.org. Please use the subject line: LJD Week 2018 Student Contest.