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World Bank Development Solutions Contest for Law Students 2019

World Bank Development Solutions Contest for Law Students 2019, USA

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Country: USA
City: New York
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World Bank invites proposal for the Development Solutions Contest from Law Students.

As the World Bank endeavors to become a global knowledge bank, there is a constant need to innovate and generate fresh ideas and solutions around development topics.  Following last year’s successes, the Law, Justice, and Development (LJD) Week Law Student Contest for Development Solutions shall continue to foster innovation, produce legal solutions to development challenges, and provide a venue for young law school students to contribute to meaningful discussions around legal and development topics.

The prevailing theme of the LJD Week 2019 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions is in line with that of the LJD Week, namely, Rights, Technology and Development.  We seek creative, innovative, scalable, and timely ideas from currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate-level law school students (pursuing L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M., and other similar academic programs) under the age of 28 from any member state of the World Bank.


What technological initiatives or measures should World Bank member states support or put in place to enhance the rule of law and provide improved access to justice for individuals and groups in your country with the intention of reducing poverty and boosting prosperity?

World Bank Development Solutions Contest Prize

The top two winners of the Development Solutions Contest will receive a fully financed trip to the World Bank Group Headquarters in Washington D.C. Moreover, the winners will present their proposals at the LJD Week 2019.

Further, the top seven submitters will be able to publish their ideas on a World Bank Group Blog platform. Moreover, the Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel will endorse their ideas.  Also, these ideas will be circulated among all LJD Week 2019 participants and promoted through social media channels.

Who is eligible for the World Bank Development Solutions Contest?

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate level law school students (pursuing L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M. as well as other similar academic programs);
  • Further, must hold citizenship from any World Bank member state; and
  • Also, meet the age criteria  (Age between 18 and 28.)

For the LJD Week 2019 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions, we accept submissions written in English, French, or Spanish.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee consisting of World Bank Legal Vice Presidency staff members will evaluate and score all submitted student proposals.  As part of the selection process, 10 applicants with top scores will present their proposals virtually. The Selection Committee will then make the final decision.

Moreover, the selection committee will select the winning submissions on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevance and timeliness to LJD Week 2019 theme;
  • The potential impact of the proposal;
  • Clarity of content presentation;
  • Originality and creativity;
  • Innovation;
  • Practicality;
  • As well as Potential for scale-up.

How to apply for the Development Solutions Contest at World Bank?

Candidates can submit their proposal for the World Bank Development Solutions via the online application process. Candidates must, however, note that only the submission made via the online link is valid. Submissions via email or post-mail are not valid.


The World Bank will accept the proposal for the Development Solutions Contest until Sunday, August 11, 2019, 11:59 PM EST. Proposals are not eligible for consideration after the deadline.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline11 August,2019
CityNew York
Open toAll World Bank Nationalities
OrganizerWorld Bank
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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