Meet the first Oxford Law and Policy Fellows!
The first cohort of four Oxford Law and Policy Fellows has been appointed. Now, the Fellows are packing their bags and leaving to take up their new positions in governments across East Africa.
The Oxford Law and Policy Fellowship is an innovative initiative that gives early career legal professionals the opportunity to work as civil servants in government ministries in developing countries for two years.
The placements fill specific capacity gaps that host governments have identified. This means that Fellows can be placed in any type of government department—from Agriculture or Justice to Finance—wherever it’s felt their support will have the greatest impact.
Earlier this year, Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening addressed the Global Law Summit, where she highlighted the importance of legal support to achieving improved development outcomes. Our Law and Policy Fellowship was created to help meet the need for legal expertise in policymaking processes.
Oxford Law and Policy Fellowship Director, Kari Lipschutz, said:
‘We’re really excited to see the first Fellows start to take up their placements. The governments taking part in the pilot phase of the programme have all shown a real enthusiasm for being involved and can clearly see the potential policy impact of the initiative. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for junior legal professionals looking to apply their knowledge and expertise in an international development context and we can’t wait to see how this shapes their careers moving forward.’
OPM is leading on the initiative, which is run in conjunction with the Law and Development Partnership. The programme aims to improve policy outcomes for developing countries by providing governments with an embedded, long-term source of specialist legal support.
In the video below, this year’s Fellows introduce themselves and the departments they’re going to be working in across the governments of Rwanda, Djibouti and Tanzania.
Next year’s recruitment process will open in early 2016. With strong demand from host countries this year, the number of positions in the programme is expected to expand.
Find out more about the Oxford Law and Policy Fellowship here.