The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency Fellowship
The ANU College of Law, in conjunction with the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), have developed a scholarship program to support a current student of the ANU College of Law Bachelor of Laws (LLB), or Juris Doctor (JD) programs, to spend two months undertaking a Fellowship with 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.
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 successful applicant will work under the guidance and supervision of the Head of the Special Litigation Unit and individual Special Litigation Unit lawyers. The successful applicant will, among other tasks, draft Statements of Accusations and Evidence and other legal documents; review investigative reports for evidentiary support and adherence to the World Bank’s legal framework; assist Special Litigation Unit lawyers in addressing specific legal issues; and partner with investigative teams on specific cases.
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 is based at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. 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.