Symposium Recap: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Rebuilding from Emergency to Development

Posted on November 22nd, by hlids in Events, LIDS LIVE. No Comments

On Friday, October 31, 2014, experts, scholars, and practitioners in the field of post-conflict reconstruction convened at Harvard Law School for our annual symposium. This year, the Symposium’s theme was Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Rebuilding from Emergency to Development, and focused on strategies to best promote growth, stability, and long-term development in countries arising from violent conflict.  Speakers and panelists discussed issues facing countries that having arisen from conflict such as Rwanda, to countries that are very much still in the process of transition, like Syria.

The event started with an illuminating talk by Keynote Speaker Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in Rwanda. Dr. Kaberuka spoke in depth about strategies to promote growth and development in fragile and post-conflict states.  To begin with an example, he spoke about how a brutal civil war destroyed much of infrastructure, including health systems, education systems and infrastructure, in Guinea, leading to the country’s inability to effectively control the Ebola epidemic today (coupled with a poor international response).  Dr. Kaberuka further went on to emphasize how conflict can happen anywhere, and is not limited to Africa — despite certain stereotypes. Dr. Kaberuka spoke about the Bank’s work in this … Read More »


Corporate Lawyer on the Loose: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

Posted on November 17th, by Natthapat Thawiwannabun in Uncategorized. No Comments

Figuring out life after graduation, whether we are LLMs or JDs, can be a bit daunting for most of us. Law school has the potential to make us more risk-averse, so we want to have a plan, and a back-up plan, and a back-up plan for the back-up plan.

LIDS and SELA helped students see a different perspective on November 13th, 2014 by presenting Benjamin Stone, Co-founder & Vice Chairman of Indego Africa, Director of Strategy & General Counsel of MCE Social Capital, and co-founder of Dollar a Day.Mr. Stone graduated from New York University School of Law in 2004, and completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship in 2010.

In 2006 he was a practicing attorney working at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, when he decided to leave his job and start Indego Africa, a non-profit social enterprise which helps women in Rwanda earn a living by facilitating market access and providing business education. Despite a few hick-ups, since it’s launch Indego has helped female artisans sell their product online at various stores including Anthropologie, DANNIJO, J.Crew, Madewell, and Nicole Miller.

Mr. Stone admited that if he could do it all over again, he would do things … Read More »

‘Humanitarian and NBA Superstar Dikembe Mutombo talks about his development work around the globe’

Posted on November 7th, by Aizada Marat kyzy, LLM Candidate 2015, Kyrgyz Republic in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

Everyday Harvard Law School students have many options to attend talks organized by different organizations. On Oct. 23, LIDS, International Legal Studies and the Harvard African Law Association brought in former basketball star Dikembe Mutombo. As expected, the room was packed. Of course, his basketball career is fascinating, from a person without any previous experience in basketball he became one of the top stars of the NBA, but what I am most impressed with is his work of the court.

In 1997 he opened a foundation to address the issues of health care and education, and in 2006 his foundation was able to open a modern hospital in Kinshasa. During his talk he highlighted some of the most urgent issues on the African continent: Ebola, health care and education issues. Having played basketball for 18 years, becoming a star and having constant attention of media, he used his powerful voice to call for changes. He raises funds continuously, and absolutely refuses to give up when it comes to helping the people of his home country, or any of the other countries where he serves as an NBA ambassador. I believe his strength comes from the moral reward he receives from people in many … Read More »


This week: LIDS Fall Symposium, 10/31

Posted on October 27th, by hlids in Events, LIDS LIVE. 1 Comment

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This week, LIDS is excited to present our annual Fall Symposium, focused on Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Rebuilding from Emergency to Development!

Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
Evening Reception at 4:30 pm at the Hark South Dining Room

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On Friday, October 31st, experts, practitioners, and academics working on issues of development and reconstruction in post-conflict countries will convene at Harvard Law School to discuss strategies to best promote growth, stability, and long-term development in countries arising from violent conflict. In light of recent conflicts in countries such as Syria and Iraq, and keeping in mind the long – and in many cases, still ongoing – efforts to rebuild and develop in countries such as Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Cambodia, it is a particularly critical inquiry. Countries arising from conflict have often had basic infrastructure and institutions destroyed, poor prospects for economic growth, and face lack of security and rule of law.  The Symposium’s speakers will highlight barriers that countries from Rwanda to Afghanistan have faced in the process of transition, as well as the best practices employed in moving forward — including in promoting economic growth and development, institutionalizing the rule of law, and implementing justice and security … Read More »


Welcome New Students!

Posted on September 16th, by Sarah Weiner & Beth Nehrling in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

First of all, congratulations and welcome! We are the Harvard Law and International Development Society—a diverse mix of students from Harvard Law School, the Kennedy School of Government, the Tufts Fletcher School, and other graduate schools in Boston who share a passion for the challenges and opportunities that lie at the intersection of law, policy and international development. We are firmly committed to two goals: making a difference in international development and providing our members with opportunities to get involved in hands-on, exciting and high-impact work in a field of their choice. Whether you have experience in international development or are interested in learning more about it, we would like to invite you to learn more about the work we do and meet some of our members. We look forward to getting to know you all this fall!

There are three main ways to get involved with LIDS as a new student at one of our member schools:

1)     Work on a LIDS-Orrick project. Join a group of 5-10 graduate students and work directly with a senior client at one of our partners—generally, a development-focused NGO, IGO, or an entrepreneur serving the bottom of the pyramid. LIDS projects are excellent opportunities to … Read More »