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The Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2018 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions

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    LJD Week 2018 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions

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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.

       

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    • Deadline Extended: September 9, 2018 11:59 p.m. EST
    • 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.

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