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Mission Statement

TII aims to provide students with a chance to work on projects and policy initiatives that link opportunities for grassroots-level entrepreneurship with the legal and regulatory frameworks that impact enterprise growth and broader economic development and trade. Through the initiative, students will participate in projects and produce papers that focus on unlocking equitable growth across sectors and spread the benefits of legal and regulatory reform to as many as possible. TII will allow students to develop a better understanding of both economic opportunities and needs at the grassroots level and how legal and regulatory systems can better respond to them, enabling students to look at trade and development through a dynamic, sustainable and multidisciplinary lens.

The objectives include:

  1. Work with partners to understand and address legal and regulatory barriers to trade and investment that hamper growth;
  2. Contribute to a comprehensive body of knowledge through TII’s projects and policy papers that share learning from specific cases;
  3. Help create an ecosystem of legal entrepreneurship, at the law school level, within developing countries and between developed and developing countries. TII will identify key actors in the field, including university faculty, business mentors, investors, development agencies and legal experts;
  4. Encourage mentorship opportunities at every stage of the Opportunity Paradigm, thereby enabling experimental and cross-disciplinary learning.
  5. Leverage the broader Harvard community and other academic partners to develop and share solutions across disciplines;
    Help effect constructive, inclusive change and meaningful legal reform that reach all economic participants in developing countries.