Rules and Conditions

Official Rules and Conditions for the
Grassroots Justice Prize competition

How to enter

Participants may enter the Grassroots Justice Prize by completing the application made available by Namati. Participants may submit an application by uploading required text document and photographs via email by following the instructions at Namati may at its sole discretion extend the deadline(s) to receive nominations for the Grassroots Justice Prize by providing notice through its website or such other means as Namati may select.

Participation in the Grassroots Justice Prize is voluntary. No illegible, incomplete, forged or altered entries will be accepted. All entries become the property of Namati and will not be returned. All entries are subject to Namati’s terms of use.



Prizes are awarded to organizations whose work has been judged by a jury of legal empowerment experts to demonstrate innovation, impact, sustainability in the provision of grassroots justice programs. A prize of at least US$10,000 will be awarded to each of the three winning organization.

All taxes on awards and expenses related to the acceptance of the awards are the sole responsibilities of the winners.

Namati reserves the right to add additional prizes and/or increase the prize amounts without notification.



The Grassroots Justice Prize is open to any public or private organization (e.g. not-for-profit organizations, and non-governmental organizations, private businesses or academic institutions, other like entities properly registered under the laws of their respective countries). Organizations working directly with Namati are not eligible. 

By participating in the Grassroots Justice Prize, each organization unconditionally accepts the conditions stated in these Official Rules, agrees to be bound by the decisions of the judges and warrants that it is eligible to participate in the Grassroots Justice Prize. Employees, independent contractors, officers and directors of Namati and the panel of judges of the Grassroots Justice Prize, and their immediate family members and persons living in the same household, are not eligible to apply for the Grassroots Justice Prize. THE GRASSROOTS JUSTICE PRIZE IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW and is subject to applicable national, state and local laws and regulations. Eligibility is also limited to participants considered to be in good standing according to anti-terrorist laws of their respective countries and the United States.

Submission Eligibility. Any application, including any content therein, submitted in connection with the Grassroots Justice Prize (“Application”) will only be eligible if such Application (a) showcases grassroots justice or legal empowerment programs (b) is submitted during the Grassroots Justice Prize Period, (c) meets the application requirements, (d) contains only the original content of the applying organization, and (e) does not contain content that is unlawful, hateful or obscene. Namati reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify Applications which Namati determines at any time in its sole judgment to fail to meet any of these criteria.


Story and photo release

By submitting an Application or otherwise transmitting stories, comments, pieces, ideas or other information in any form including, but not limited to, text or images as “Submissions”) to Namati, the participant hereby grants to Namati a worldwide, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, assignable, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works based on, perform and/or display such Submissions (in whole or in part) in any media, for any purpose related to promoting and otherwise advancing the Grassroots Justice Prize, and/or Namati’s mission of strengthening the international movement of legal empowerment practitioners. Applicant organizations hereby acknowledge that to the extent that they include individually identifiable information in their Submissions, Namati may republish such information. Applicants agree to Namati’s use of an organization’s name, logo, stories and/or prize information for promotional purposes to the extent permitted by law.

The winners will be notified by either e-mail, telephone or regular mail, using the information provided when the organization entered the Grassroots Justice Prize, within three months of the Grassroots Justice Prize End Date. Such notification will include instructions for proper acceptance of the prizes. In the event a winning organization does not accept a prize, is ineligible or the prize or prize notification is not deliverable, an alternate winner may be selected. Namati is not responsible for and will not be liable for late, lost, misdirected or unsuccessful efforts to notify winning organizations.



By participating in the contest, Organizations agree that Namati, and the competition jury, and its agents, directors, officers, employees, insurers, affiliates, predecessors, successors, representatives and legal advisors (the “Released Entities”), are not responsible for, will not be liable for, and hereby disclaim all liability arising from or relating to: (i) late, lost, incomplete or unintelligible entries; (ii) electronic Internet, computer or other malfunctions or difficulties of any kind; (iii) failed, incomplete or delayed electronic transmissions; (iv) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Namati; (v) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded; or (vi) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Grassroots Justice Prize.

By participating in the Grassroots Justice Prize, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Released Entities, and all others associated with the development and execution of the Grassroots Justice Prize, from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising out of or relating to the Grassroots Justice Prize, participation in the Grassroots Justice Prize, any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded, and/or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded, including but not limited to statutory and common law claims for misappropriation or the organization’s right of publicity.

By participating in the Grassroots Justice Prize, participants give Namati, the Global Legal Empowerment Network, and partners permission to use all photos, images, quotes, information, and content included in the application submission on their websites and social media channels, in brochures and graphics, and in any other print or digital format. This includes permission to edit and alter videos and photos, and shorten quotes or other written content. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate permission to use photos, videos, quotes, names, and information of all individuals represented in their application content, and the appropriate license from photographers to use, share, and alter any photos or videos.

Namati reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or cancel the Grassroots Justice Prize should any causes beyond Namati’s control affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Grassroots Justice Prize. In the event that proper administration of the Grassroots Justice Prize is prevented by such causes as contemplated above, Namati reserves the right to pick the winning organizations from all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to such action.

The Grassroots Justice Prize will be governed by applicable law Issues concerning the construction, validity, and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the law of the District of Columbia. By participating in the Grassroots Justice Prize, participants agree that Washington D.C. courts will have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to the Grassroots Justice Prize and that venue will be only in Washington D.C.

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