Lawyers for Economic Advancement and Development


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)

• 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 Rwandan Lex:leaders for research 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 Magic Circle firm 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 Scholarship Winner Ms Hilina Berhanu Degefa (Ethiopia) with the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute. The placement is in London UK where Hilina has been studying at the University of London (SOAS) on scholarship for the past year.

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).

Internships (continued)

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

Masalu Luhula at American University, Washington DC, June 2017

• 2017: World Bank Ghana, Accra Ghana - in September Lex:lead was able to arrange an internship for Ms Mawunya Etsa Kudu (Ghana) with the World Bank Ghana researching aspects of 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 4-6 month part-time legal research internship for Mr M Collins Banda (Malawi) chosen by US-based Medical Tourism Training (MTT).  Collins internship has been funded by DLA Piper.

Collins Banda (Malawi) internship 

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).
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