The ANU Law School in conjunction with the World Bank Group's Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), has developed a scholarship program to support a current student of the ANU Law School's Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Juris Doctor (JD) programs, to spend six months undertaking an internship with the INT's Special Litigation Unit. The scholarship will go towards covering expenses while the student works as a Fellow with the Special Litigation Unit at the World Bank's headquarters in Washington DC.
Field of study
To be eligible a student needs to be enrolled full-time in a program of study leading to the award of either the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or the Juris Doctor degree and will have completed at least 90 units of LAWS coded courses at the time of taking up the scholarship. Students must be a national of one of the World Bank Group member countries. Applicants should also have a strong academic record and demonstrated capacity to successfully undertake an internship with an international organisation.
The successful applicant will need to defer their ANU studies for a semester in order to undertake the internship.
Selection is made on the basis of academic merit especially in law subjects, and the suitability of the candidate for the role based on the information provided in their application. The INT is interested in candidates with strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills and who have a proven ability and interest in working in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Fluency in a foreign language, demonstrated interest or experience in international law and development, and past experience working in a multicultural environment would be highly regarded but not essential. The recipient is also expected to be an excellent ambassador for the University and ANU Law.
An opportunity to work under the guidance and supervision of the Head of the Special Litigation Unit at the World Bank's headquarters in Washington DC. Gain experience in drafting Statements of Accusations & Evidence, reviewing investigative reports for evidentiary support and adherence to the World Bank's legal framework, assisting the Special Litigation Unit lawyers in addressing specific legal issues and partnering with investigative teams on specific cases.
The Scholarship is for six months and the successful applicant is required to defer their ANU studies for a semester in order to undertake the internship.
The application date is final and no applications will be considered after the closing date in any circumstances.
Applicants will be selected, against the criteria in the Conditions of Award for this Scholarship, by a special sub-committee of the ANU College of Law Scholarships Committee. However, the INT may in its discretion request the sub-committee shortlist up to 3 candidates and that the INT interview shortlisted candidates and/or review their applications, and decide the final successful candidate.
The World Bank is an international organisation with 187 member countries, 10,000 employees, and 100 offices around the world. The World Bank's mission is to fight poverty by promoting inclusive and sustainable global economic development. The World Bank finances projects on a wide range of issues, such as building roads in Afghanistan; treating malaria in India, preserving rainforests in Brazil, enhancing agriculture in Ethiopia, supporting education in Indonesia, and assisting in the reform of the Ukrainian banking system.
The INT shares in the World Bank's mission of poverty reduction by detecting, investigating, sanctioning, and preventing fraud and corruption in the use of the bank's financial resources. INT's staff members are drawn from over two dozen countries, with backgrounds in law enforcement, intelligence, accounting, legal, IT, and other fields INT's Special Litigation Unit follows an innovative approach that transforms Common and Civil Law prosecutorial functions into an administrative and public international law setting. Special Litigation Unit lawyers represent the bank in sanctions proceedings through written submissions and Sanctions Board hearings; review INT reports for evidentiary sufficiency and legal compliance; serve as INT's primary point of dialogue with the World Bank's Legal Department; and advise INT investigators on their work. INT is a diverse environment. Staff members represent the major legal systems of the world. The successful applicant is expected to participate in open debates between the representatives of different legal systems and contribute to solutions that take the World Bank's international legal framework into account.