Lex:lead
Lawyers for Economic Advancement and Development

Internships

World Bank and Other Internships


In 2015 Lex:lead
was able to put into motion a long-held goal, of also facilitating valuable work experience internships for its students.

• 2015: First Internship - World Bank, Washington DCIn January 2015, our first scholarship winner Ms Lemlem Fiseha Minale (Ethiopia), was accepted into a one-semester externship with the World Bank in Washington DC laying the foundation for other placements with the group.


New York Dinner April 2015 (L-R): Lex:lead judge Fasil Amdetsion, Director Lakwame Anyane-Yeboa, President Anne Bodley, Director Feyi Obafemi, Scholarship winner and World Bank Intern Ms Lemlem Fiseha Minale (Ethiopia)
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• 2015: 
Internship in Kampala, Uganda. In May 2015 the group was able to arrange a research internship for 2013 scholarship winner Ms Galindo Ruhiyyah Aliyo (Uganda) working with World Bank partners in Kampala, Uganda, on healthcare law. Galindo's US$500 stipend was funded by Cozen O'Connor.


Galindo Aliyo (far right) with consortium partners including UNICRI, the O'Neill Institute, and the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), Kampala, Uganda.



• 2016: 
New Placement in Washington DC. Following our 2015 placement in Uganda, in January 2016 the World Bank assisted in placing Ms Sousena Kebede Tefera (Ethiopia) with the same consortium to further work on healthcare law from Washington DC. Sousena's US$500 stipend was gratefully funded by DLA Piper.


Ms Sousena Kebede Tefera at the World Bank in Washington DC.







2016: Two New Internships - Kigali, RwandaIn July 2016, Washington DC-based Forzley & Associates selected two Lex:leaders for internships working out of Kigali, Rwanda. Ms Mary Musoni's US$500 stipend was funded by London lawyer Mr Oliver Yaros; Mr Jean Claude Mahoro's US$500 stipend by Linklaters.


Rwandan Lex:leaders Mr Jean Claude Mahoro and Ms Mary Musoni looking up from their work with Forzley & Associates in Kigali, Rwanda.





 2016: Bonus Internship, IBA Human Rights InstituteIn August 2016, Lex:lead was able to arrange a month-long internship for 2012 Winner Ms Hilina Berhanu Degefa (Ethiopia) with the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute. The placement was in London UK where Hilina was studying at the University of London (SOAS).


Lex:lead London with Hilina Berhanu Degefa (Ethiopia): (L-R) Hilina; former Deputy Group Secretary Syeda Zinnat Akhter (Bangladesh); President Anne Bodley (Australia); Advisory Board Member Tola Ariyo (Nigeria).


• 2017: New Placement, Washington DC -accepted into American University's summer school, Lex:lead arranged a one-month placement for Mr Masalu Luhula (Tanzania) with the Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC) in June 2017. Masalu's internship was funded by Travers Smith.



Masalu Luhula at American University, Washington DC, June 2017



• 2017: World Bank Ghana, Accra Ghana - in September Lex:lead arranged an internship for Ms Mawunya Etsa Kudu (Ghana) with the World Bank Ghana researching water law for the Ghanaian Ministry of Sanitation. Mawunya's stipend was gratefully funded by Linklaters.



Mawunya Kudu at the World Bank Ghana September 2017






• 2017: Law and healthcare internship Malawi - In November we made our third placement this year with a funded six-month part-time legal internship for Mr M Collins Banda (Malawi) chosen by US-based Medical Tourism Training (MTT). Collins' internship was funded by DLA Piper.


Collins Banda (Malawi) internship





2018: GIZ Zambia - In 2018 we placed Ms Nkandu Chota (Zambia) in a six-month part-time funded internship with the German development aid agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Zambia. She also received a stipend funded by Allen & Overy.



Nkandu Chota at GIZ Zambia with internship coordinator Advisory Board member Sabine Midderhoff.

Meet the judges

We thought you'd like to meet the Lex:lead judges so we're putting together a series of interviews; starting with our very first and most long-standing judge - a great friend of Lex:lead - Mr Justice Iain Morley QC (UK).

Interview with Mr Justice Iain Morley QCWhat in your life has shaped your interest in law and development?

Interview by Lex:lead Judge Ms Simone Scott-Sawyer



2017 Lex:lead Judges

• Judge Sir David Baragwanath KNZM QC (New Zealand), Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague, Netherlands
• Rt Hon Sir Charles (Dennis) ByroPC (St Kitts and Nevis), President, Caribbean Court of Justice, Port of Spain, Trinidad
• Judge Joaquine De Mello (Tanzania), High Court of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mr Justice Iain Morley QC (UK), High Court, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Antigua
• Justice Francis Ssekandi (Uganda), Law Professor at Columbia University, Judge of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, USA
• Dr Phillip Tahmindjis AM (Australia), Director of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, London UK.
• Professor Uma Balakrishnan Tripathi (India), Professor of International Law, St John's University, Rome, Italy.
• Professor John Mukum Mbaku (USA/Cameroon), Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor, Weber State University, USA.
• Ms Samatha Jallah (Liberia), Office of the General Counsel, Liberian Awards, Inc., Pennsylvania USA.
• Ms Paige Berges (USA), legal volunteer with A4ID and Lawyers Without Borders, currently with Barclays, London UK.
• 
Dr Marta Pertegas (Spain), First Secretary at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, The Hague, Netherlands.
• 
Ms Simone Scott-Sawyer (UK/Sierra Leone), formerly Commonwealth Secretariat legal function, London UK.
• 
Ms Adejoké Babington-Ashaye (Nigeria) Senior Legal Counsel, World Bank, Washington DC.
• 
Ambassador Peter Maddens (Belgium) Government of Belgium,

formerly Ambassador to East Africa.
• 
Mr Ganiyou Gassikia (Benin/USA) International trade law specialist and President of the Beninese-American Association.
• 
Dr Elimma Ezeani (Nigeria) International law specialist at the Robert Gordon University, Faculty of Law, Aberdeen, Scotland
• Ambassador Patricia Moller (USA), formerly US Ambassador to Guinea and Burundi.
• Judge Silva Arbia (Italy), formerly Registrar to the International Criminal Court and Prosecutor at the UNICTR.
• Mr Gunter Fischer (Germany), formerly UN Conference on Trade and Development Geneva Switzerland.


Mentoring

In 2018 Lex:lead also launched a pilot mentoring program matching its officers directors advisory board members - and its judges - to Lex:lead winners to assist them 1-to-1 with guidance in
their careers and education. Seven Lex:leaders volunteered:

Simone Scott-Sawyer (Judge) anIvan Allan Ojakol (Uganda)
Lakwame Anyane-Yeboa (Director) anMary Musoni (Rwanda)
Daniella Isaacson (Treasurer) and Nagasa Tujuba Erba (Ethiopia)
• Zara Watkins with Galindo Ruhiyyah Aliyo (Uganda)
• Yvette Dzakpasu (Advisory Board) anLumela Lumela (Zambia)
• Haja Brimah (Advisory Board) anJohn Chaula (Malawi)
Nankunda Katangaza (Judge) anFrederick Abu-Bonsrah (Ghana)


Other Lex:lead News and Events

January 2016: To thank our judges (some of whom have supported us since our inception) and to meet new ones, Lex:lead held a small Judges' Reception in London this year. Special thanks to Iain Morley QC (UK) and Chief Charles Taku (Cameroon) (not pictured) who have supported Lex:lead since 2010.

(L-R): 1 Lex:lead judge Dr Mark McQuinn (UK), 2 Scholarship Winner Ms Hilina Berhanu Degefa (Ethiopia), 3 Former Deputy Group Secretary Syeda Zinnat Akhter (Bangladesh/Italy), 4 President Anne Bodley (Australia), 5 Lex:lead judge Iain Morley QC (UK), 6 Lex:lead judge Ms Simone Scott-Sawyer (UK/Sierra Leone).



June 2018: A little get-together with prospective members:

(L-R): 1 Lex:lead judge Paige Berges (USA); 2 Advisory Board Member Yvette Dzakpasu (Ghana/UK); 3 President/Founder
Anne Bodley; 4 Prospective Member Shirin Lim (Singapore).

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