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 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 Lex:lead named in honour of former A&O partner Stephen Denyer. In October 2018 Lex:lead provided a discretionary grant of US$300 to Nkandu in support of her studies.

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

• 2018: Advocates for Community Alternatives Ghana - In August we were able to place 2017 Scholarship Winner FredericAbu-Bonsrah (Ghana) in a four-month internship with Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA) in Ghana inter alia bringing cases to the ECOWAS Court. His stipend was funded by the Friends of Lex:lead.

L-R ACA Executive Director Jonathan Kaufman, Frederick Abu-Bonsrah, ACA Legal Director Lalla Toure, Volunteer Evelyn Zheng and ACA Financial Manager Eric.

• 2019: GIZ ZambiaIn February Ms Chileke Sakala (Zambia) started a six-month full-time funded internship with the German development aid agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Zambia. While Lex:lead is not funding this one we had a role in the opportunity and are proud of Chileke's accomplishment.

Chileke Sakala (Zambia) at GIZ Zambia

• 2019: Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA) - The ACA (Ghana) was so pleased with its first Lex:lead intern that they were eager for a second and in June we were delighted to place Ms Nana Adwoa Baiden (Ghana) ia three-month internship with them. Nana's stipend was also funded by the Friends of Lex:lead.

Nana Adwoa Baiden at the ACA (AccraGhana) with colleagues.

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? Iain retraces his time at the UN
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and other influencing factors.

Interview with Lex:lead Judge Simone Scott-Sawyer: "How does one make a difference without getting overwhelmed by the sheer scale of need that exists?" Judge Simone Scott-Sawyer is doing her bit.

Interview with Lex:lead Judge Dianna Kempe JP QC: "I hope those who have experienced the worof Lex:lead [...] will be inspired to pass on the benefits of their knowledge to young lawyers and to their countries."

Interview with Lex:lead Judge Professor Francis Ssekandi: "I... find the wor[of Lex:lead] admirable...: the empowerment of new generations to thinand woroutside the [economic development] box."

2018 Lex:lead Judges

 Professor Uma Balakrishnan (India), Professor of International Law, St John's University
• Judge Sir David Baragwanath KNZM QC (New Zealand), Special Tribunal for Lebanon
• Ms Paige Berges (USA), CDC Group, A4ID
• Carolin Crabbe (USA)formerly USAIDIADB
• Judge Oagile Dingake (Botswana), Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea
• Dr Elimma Ezeani (Nigeria) International law specialist at the Robert Gordon University
• Mr Gunter Fischer (Germany), formerly UN Conference on Trade and Development
• Mr Ganiyou Gassikia (Benin)Benin American Association
• Dr Abdallah Gonzi (Tanzania), University of Dar es Salaam and Law School of Tanzania
• Ms Imrana Jalal (Fiji)World Bank
• Ms Nankunda Katangaza (Canada), Co-founder and Director, Hook Tangaza

• Ms Dianna Kempe (Bermuda), ApplebySpurling and Kempe; formerly International Bar Association
• Ambassador Peter Maddens (Belgium) Government of Belgium, formerly Ambassador to East Africa
• Dr Dina Mansour-Ille (Egypt), Overseas Development Institute 
• Mr Justice Iain Morley QC (UK), Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
• Professor John Mukum Mbaku (Cameroon) Weber State Univ. USA
• Judge Aminatta LR N'Gum (Gambia)UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
• Dr Violet Odala (Malawi), Africa Child Policy Forum
• Ms Sun-Hee Park (Korea), Senior CounselEuropean Bank
for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)London
 Dr Marta Pertegas (Spain), Universities of Antwerp and Maastricht
• Ms Simone Scott-Sawyer (UK/Sierra Leone), formerly Commonwealth Secretariat legal function
 Dr Phillip Tahmindjis AM (Australia), Director of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute
 Justice Francis Ssekandi (Uganda), Professor at Columbia University, Judge of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal
 Ms Maria (Mayee) Warren (Philippines), formerly chef de cabinet of the International Criminal Court, UNICTRSCSL

*New judges in red.


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.

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 Londoget-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).

November 2018: At the World Bank, Washington DCfor LawJustice and Development Week 2018--with LJD Week Student Competition WinnerLex:leader Mawunya Kudu.

(L-R): 1 Lex:lead President/Founder Anne Bodley; 2 Scholarship Winner Mawunya Kudu (Ghana); Lex:lead Director Lakwame Anyane-Yeboa.
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