TRACE Anti-Corruption and Transparency Scholarship

The Sustainable International Development Law program partners with TRACE International, a leading nonprofit business association focused on anti-bribery compliance, to offer an LLM scholarship aimed at developing exceptional young leaders in the field of anti-corruption who are committed to advancing commercial transparency.

2017–2018 TRACE SCHOLAR

Pagamsuren Lkhagvasuren - Mongolia

Pagamsuren Lkhagvasuren standing outside William H. Gates Hall

Pagamsuren Lkhagvasuren is a Mongolian-born lawyer who holds a master of laws degree from the National University of Mongolia School of Law. Her goal is to bring transparency and justice to Mongolia by combatting commercial bribery and ensuring corporate compliance. She has more than six years’ experience as a compliance manager and lawyer at Mongolia’s largest group company, MCS Group and MCS Coca-Cola. For the last two years she has worked actively on several Transparency International Mongolia projects investigating corruption risks in awarding mining sector licenses at the national level in Mongolia, and researching the financing of political parties. Lkhagvasuren’s work on political party financing involved evaluating the law and its enforcement, and has led to strong public awareness and participation in the draft amendment to the law on financing of political parties introduced by the president of Mongolia.

2016–2017 TRACE SCHOLARS

Sofiia Kovach — Ukraine

Sofiia Kovach standing outside William H. Gates Hall

Sofiia Kovach, born and raised in western Ukraine, holds a master of laws degree from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and has successfully completed a law program in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Vienna. Her main sphere of expertise is anti-corruption practices in the public and business sectors. Prior to beginning the LLM program, she served as a Capacity Building Expert at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine. At UNDP, a major part of her portfolio was providing capacity building and legal expertise to newly created anti-corruption institutions including the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) that is in charge of conflict of interest rules implementation, public officials’ asset declarations verification, political party funding and Ukraine’s overall anti-corruption policy. Prior to joining the United Nations Development Program, Sofiia worked as a litigation attorney for Transparency International Ukraine, which has filed suit against the Ukrainian Government for non-compliance with the new NACP. She has also worked for a private law firm that specializes in commercial law, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and anti-corruption compliance. Sofiia is committed to returning to Ukraine and contributing the knowledge she gains at the University of Washington School of Law to combating and prevention of corruption and thus enhancing integrity and transparency in Ukraine.


Fiona Okot — Uganda

Fiona Okot standing outside William H. Gates Hall

Fiona Okot is a Ugandan-born lawyer, currently working as a Senior Inspectorate Officer in the Inspectorate of Government (IG) in Uganda. She has eight years of experience in ombudsman work, anti-corruption work, project monitoring and inspection of World Bank-funded projects run by the government of Uganda. As Senior Inspectorate Officer, Fiona has been involved in investigating and reporting on complaints addressed to the IG in ombudsman capacity, as well as routine monitoring and inspections of various projects aimed at preventing the abuse or misuse of public funds. Fiona has a postgraduate diploma in public administration and management from Uganda Management Institute, a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda and a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) from Makerere University, Uganda. Fiona has extensive pro bono experience in the area of access to justice for vulnerable persons and communities. She has been involved in paralegal training with the NGO Global Rights: Partners for Justice and worked to empower community trainers in areas of local governance, civic education, land disputes and domestic violence. Access to justice for the vulnerable populations is a personal issue for Fiona because she hails from the northern part of Uganda, which for a significant part of her formative years was affected by war and conflict. The hardships that affected Fiona’s people have to a great extent shaped her passion for good governance.

2015–2016 TRACE SCHOLARS

Orest Stasyuk

Orest Stasyuk is an attorney from Kiev, Ukraine who works as an associate with the criminal law practice of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. His practice focuses on anti-bribery compliance work, implementing compliance programs and conducting anti-corruption audits in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Orest works on corruption cases with international lawyers and professionals from the U.S., European Union, Ukraine and Russia. He is a dedicated member of the movement to promote transparency and the implementation of long-awaited anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine. Orest has a master’s degree in Law, with honors, from T. Shevchencko National University of Kyiv. He is committed to contributing to the knowledge he gains at the University of Washington School of Law to combating corruption and increasing transparency in Ukraine.


Amos Kiprop Mokoross

Amos Kiprop Mokoross (LLM TRACE Scholar 2016) is an advocate of the high court of Kenya, currently serving as a Senior Resident Magistrate in the Republic of Kenya. In his career as a magistrate, he tackled serious challenges such as combatting female genital mutilation, child marriage, defilement and child trafficking within the Maasai and Kipsigis communities. He has also been an active trainer of trainers for the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association in various areas of the law, including refugee law and socio-economic rights. He is currently a trainer of trainers for the Kenya Judiciary Training Institute in the institutionalization of the Judicial Transformation Framework. He is confident that the knowledge he acquires at the University of Washington School of Law will further his goals of combating corruption and inculcating transparency in the Kenyan Judiciary.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.