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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!

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September 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.

February 2018: 12 New Winners! The highlight of our year--awards to ZambiaMalawiTanzaniaGhanaEthiopiaEritrea,
Uganda and Zimbabwe; 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. Now 57 awards made (over US$30,000) to law students from least developed countries. Awards made across Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, GhanaZambia and Zimbabwe) and Asia (Nepal). All eligible countries welcome.

2. Launched
 in 2010 with funding from the International Bar Association Foundationextraordinary second grant awarded in 2012 and third award in 2016 (10 further awards).  Intellectual partner to the World Bank-supported Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (since July 2012).

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


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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.)
 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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