June 12, 2017   Loreen Nyambo

Four students from the Faculty of Law Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programme have topped the 2016 Lex: Lead Essay Competition – an international essay competition for law students studying in least developed countries that focuses on law and development.

The four students are Collins Banda in First Year, Henry Chizimba in Second Year, Eliya Zawanda in Third Year, and Mateo Fatsani Chitha in Fourth Year. The four are among ten joint-winners of the competition. The other six winners are university students from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zambia and Ghana. Each of the ten winners has been awarded $500 USD for tuition fees and a certificate.

The competition is hosted annually by Lex: Lead, an international organisation of lawyers who support economic development of the world’s least developed countries. The question for the 2016 competition was “How does refugee and migration law affect poverty and economic development? How can it be implemented to reduce poverty and improve economic development?”  The competition had over 200 entries.  

Since the competition’s establishment in 2010, this is the first time that Malawian students have won. When asked about his triumph, Mr. Collins Banda states, “it has been an honour for me to carry the banner of Chancellor College Law School onto the world stage… The knowledge I have obtained from participating in the competition has inspired me to dream of using the law as a tool for development when I complete my studies.”


For information concerning the 2017 Lex: Lead Essay Competition visit http://www.lex-lead.org/Scholarships.php

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