2019 World Bank Group LJD Week 2019 Law Student Contest for Development Solutions

Deadline: August 11, 2019.

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.



Participants must be:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate level law school students (pursuing L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M. and other similar academic programs);
  • Must hold citizenship from any World Bank member state; and
  • Be aged between 18 and 28.

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



1. Top two winners will be invited on a fully financed trip to the World Bank Group Headquarters in Washington D.C. to present their proposals at the Law, Justice and Development Week 2019, to be held on November 4-7, 2019.

2. Top seven submitters will be able to publish their ideas on a World Bank Group Blog platform endorsed by the Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel.

3. These ideas will be circulated among all LJD Week 2019 participants and promoted through social media channels.



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 shall be asked to present their proposals virtually (via Skype) in front of the Selection Committee before the final determination is made.

Winning submissions will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

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




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