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is a group of international lawyers and friends who support economic development focusing on the world's least developed countries.

We offer an annual essay competition on topics of law and development to the world's least developed countries for one-time US$500 awards.
 In 2015 we also started placing our students in internships
 with the World Bank and partners. Launched with funding from the International Bar Association Foundation, Lex:lead is a partner to the World Bank-supported Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. Register over page!

More updates here:    ...or contact us here.
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Feb 2019: 11 New Winners! The highlight of our year--first award this year to Gambia plus others; see Scholarships page.

Sep 2018: Lex:lead 2018 is open for registration! Eligible candidates apply over pageScholarships.

July 2018: 2016/2017 winning essays published! The International Bar Association publishes recent winners, Scholarships.

June 2018: Lex:lead placement with GIZ Zambia. Funded internship for 2017 winner Nkandu Chota (Zambia); Internships.

Lex:lead President/Founder Anne Bodley with scholarship winners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 2014 (L-R Hilina Berhanu Degefa, Rediet Zegeye Yigezu, Anne, Lemlem Fiseha Minale, Redeat Kassahun Seifu).

Lex:lead in Zambia: Co-founder Rudy Ezeani with Advisory Board Member Sabine Midderhoff and winners in Lusaka Zambia September 2018 (BacL-R: Milan Dipakkumar Desai; Paul Moono; Lumela Lumela; Front L-R: Muchinda Muma; Nsofwa Puta; Chileke Sakala; Nkandu Kunda Chota; Chitalu Yalobi).

Lex:lead in Brief...

1. 68 awards made (nearly US$40,000) across eligible countries iAfrica, Asia and Americas. Aiming at 100 awards by Year 10.

2. Launched
 2010 with funding from the International Bar Association Foundationsecond and third grants 2012 and 2016Sponsorships: Allen & Overy, Linklaters, the Claude Moore Charitable FoundationDLA Piper, Law Council of Australia, others.

Internships funded with the World BankGiZ, Center for Water Security and CooperationAdvocates for Community Alternatives, others.

4. Mentoring program launched 2018 to further support our students and countries of operation.

5. Intellectual partner
 to the World Bank-supported Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development
 (since July 2012).


Lex:lead countries

We are open to the world's 
least developed countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas as reassessed regularly by the United Nations. Eligible students must show both citizenship and enrollment in one of the countries below.



Myanmar (Burma)
 Papua New Guinea+
Solomon Islands



 Burkina Faso
 Central African Rep.
 DR Congo

 Guinea Bissau
 São Tomé and Príncipe
 Sierra Leone
 South Sudan
 Sudan (Rep.)

 Award winners. +Eligible but not a least developed country. This list is subject to change. Source: www.un.org/ohrlls

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