Law student Waleed Mahmoud is the winner of the Societal Impact Award 2019 for his project The Legalist, in which he develops educational content for law students and young lawyers in countries in the Middle East. Robert Helder, a teacher of notary law, is the winner in the staff category for his volunteer work for the police as a citizen detective, fighting money laundering and other financial crimes.
The faculty of Law, Economics and Governance handed out it's annual Societal Impact Award on the facultys new years reception on January 7 in the Geertekerk in Utrecht. A jury assessed projects of students and staff that demonstrably contributed to the tackling societal issues, linked to the faculty’s teaching or research activities.
Student award: Waleed Mahmoud
The jury decided that one of the more internationally oriented projects is the winner of this year’s Societal Impact Award for Students. Waleed Mahmoud is a Legal Research Master's student, orginially from Egypt. His project The Legalist consists of a YouTube channel, with weekly videos on law, legal career building and legal skills, a Facebook page, and a website, with blog and journals. This is all for free, as it is established as an alternative means for gaining knowledge, instead of expensive (and often ineffective) private courses which are widespread in the Middle-east.