Lex:lead International Essay Competition for University Students 2016

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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.

Up to 10 US$500 awards to be made in February 2017 to the top Lex:lead essays answering this year’s essay question: “How does refugee and migration law affect poverty and economic development? How can it be implemented to reduce poverty and to improve economic development?”

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 2017).

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: Usually Law

Application Timeline: Register by 31st October 2016; essays due by 31st December 2016.

Number of Awardees: 10

Value of Contest: US$500


Lawyers for Economic Advancement and Development(Lex:lead)

Please note it may take the organisation a few days to send your registration.
awards are generally made payable to the winner’s educational institution and not to the student directly.

Awards may also be less any necessary bank conversion fees and/or taxes.

Lex:lead will never charge a fee to participate.

Registered students who submit essays on time receive a Certificate of Participation.


 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.
You can visit the contest webpage here 

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