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LJD Week 2019 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions

July 10-August 18, 2019

World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

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Photo: Winners of LJD Week 2018 Student Contest, Colman Ntungwerisho, L.L.B. Student, Makerere University, and Mawunya Etsa Amanda Kudu, B.L. Student, Ghana School of Law, with Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel Sandie Okoro. Watch the replay. 

 

    • 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.  Following last year’s successes, the Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week Law Student Contest for Development Solutions shall continue to foster innovation, produce legal solutions to development challenges, and provide a venue for young law school students to contribute to meaningful discussions around legal and development topics.

      Prevailing theme of the LJD Week 2019 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions is in line with that of the LJD Week, namely, Rights, Technology 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 any member state of the World Bank.

      LJD Week 2019 student contestants are requested to answer the following question in no more than 3500 characters:  What technological initiatives or measures should World Bank member states support or put in place to enhance the rule of law and provide improved access to justice for 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 a World Bank Group Blog platform, along with the endorsement of the Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel.  In addition to the top two winners, five further submitters will also be able to publish their ideas in a pertinent blog platform.

    • 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 World Bank member state; and
      • Be aged between 18 and 28.

      For the LJD Week 2019 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions, we accept submissions written in English, French, or Spanish.

      Please submit your entry by Sunday, August 18, 2019 11:59 PM EST through the following link.

      Submissions through email or mail shall not be considered.

      Last Updated: Jul 08, 2019

    • The Selection Committee consisting of World Bank 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 2019 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 2019, to be held on November 4-7, 2019.

      Top seven submitters will be able to publish their ideas on a World Bank Group Blog platform endorsed by the Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel.  These ideas will be circulated among all LJD Week 2019 participants and promoted through social media channels.

    • Submissions must be original and well-written.

      The deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 11, 2019 11:59 PM 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 reserves the right to research and verify the eligibility of any entrants, and the decision of the World Bank shall be final.

      By entering the contest, participants agree to release the World Bank from any claims based on the contest and grant the World Bank 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, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this competition.

    Details

    • Call for Proposals: Open from July 10 to August 18, 2019
    • ELIGIBILITY: 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 World Bank member state; and be aged between 18 and 28.
    • TOPIC: What technological initiatives or measures should World Bank member states support or put in place to enhance the rule of law and provide improved access to justice for 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 2019 at ljd@worldbank.org. Please use the subject line: LJD Week 2019 Student Contest.
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