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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. In this way we transfer one-time US$500 awards to students addressing our fundamental question:
what can law do to reduce poverty and foster economic growth?  In 2015 we also started placing students in internships
 with the World Bank and partners. 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. Apply over page!

News & Updates

September 2017: Competition open for registration! Apply over page see Scholarships

May 2017: 2014/2015 winning essays published! American Bar Association Africa Committee, see links at Scholarships.

May 2017: Internship for Masalu Luhula (Tanzania), Center for Water Security and Cooperation, Washington DC, see Internships.

February 2017: Meet our latest winners! Awards to Malawi, Ghana, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Zambia. See Scholarships.

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 Brief...

1. Growing each year, 45 awards made (over US$20,000) since 2010 to law students from the world's least developed countries.

2. Awards made across Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana and Zambia) and Asia (Nepal). Growing reach -- all eligible countries welcome.

3. Launched
 in 2010 with funding from the International Bar Association Foundationextraordinary second grant awarded in 2012 and third award in 2016 (10 further awards).

4. World Bank internship placement in Washington DC (2015); others in Uganda (2015), Rwanda (2016), and London UK (2016).

5. Most winning essays published (International Bar Association African Regional Forum, American Bar Assoc. Africa Committee).

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

7. Sponsorships: Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Addleshaws, Claude Moore Charitable FoundationCliffe Dekker HofmeyrDLA PiperCozen O'Connor, Law Council of Australia, and others.


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Email: contact@lex-lead.org
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Lex:lead Eligible Countries

We work with the world's 
least developed countries, across Africa, Asia and the Americas. This status is reassessed regularly by the United Nations.



Myanmar (Burma)
 Papua New Guinea+
Solomon Islands



 Burkina Faso
 Central African Rep.
 DR Congo
 Equatorial Guinea

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

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

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