THE ASSEMBLY OF PARTIES
is composed of all Representatives of IDLO’s Parties, which are signatories to the Establishment Agreement of IDLO. The Assembly is IDLO’s highest decision-making body and it convenes in Rome at least once a year. The role of the Assembly is to determine the Organization's policies and oversee the work of the Director-General. Its duties include the adoption of the budget, the action plan and the by-laws for the governance of the Organization and the appointment of the Director-General and members of the Board of Advisers.
The parties to IDLO’s Establishment Agreement are currently:
- Burkina Faso
- El Salvador
- OPEC Fund for International Development
- People's Republic of China
- The Netherlands
- United States
THE STANDING COMMITTEE provides the link between the Assembly, the Board of Advisers and the Director-General. It includes the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board, and on a rotational basis, a Representative of a Party (ad hoc member), for a one year term. Its main functions are to monitor the proper implementation of the budget, oversee management and report on these items to the Assembly. The Standing Committee meets at least every two months and prepares the meetings of the Assembly.
THE BOARD OF ADVISERS includes members elected by the Assembly for a four-year term. Half the members are renewed every two years. All Board Members are selected on the basis of their expertise in the fields of development or law or their experience of the management of international organizations. They serve in their personal capacities and not as representatives of their governments or organizations. Meetings of the Board are convened at least once a year prior to the regular meeting of the Assembly.
The Board contributes to the preparation of the Assembly’s decisions and to their implementation by the Director-General by providing advisory opinions to the Assembly on a number of matters.
The Board of Advisers is currently composed of:
- H.E. Ertuğrul Apakan, Ambassador, Former Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations
- Dr. Cristiana Carletti, Associate Professor of International Law, Faculty of Political Science, Rome, Italy
- Prof. Stefan Hammer, Professor of Public Law and Legal Philosophy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
- Prof. Patricia G. Kameri-Mbote, Professor of Law Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya
- Ms. Hongxia Liu, Partner, Heidrick & Struggles, Beijing, China
- Prof. Makau W. Mutua, Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor, Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA
- Prof. Jan Michiel Otto, Director, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
- Mr. Pascal Roux, Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams, Paris, France
- Mr. Daniel Rowland, Law and Development Advisor, University of Sydney, Australia
- Dr. Hanno Scheuch, Senior Counsel, OPEC Fund for International Development, Vienna, Austria
THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE assists the Assembly of Parties and the Standing Committee in its oversight responsibilities with respect to audit and compliance, financial reporting and maintenance of effective and efficient financial procedures. It includes Representatives of five IDLO Parties that serve the Committee on a rotational basis.
THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL is tasked with the daily administration of the Organization and is responsible to the Assembly for the management of the Organization.
Becoming a Member of IDLO.
IDLO is working to expand its membership base. The advantages of IDLO membership include:
- Opportunity to promote improvements in law and development in pursuit of economic and social development goals
- Access to a multilateral institution capable of contributing to international and national development goals
- Contribute to the development of global public goods, such as knowledge concerning law in the development context.
- For donors, IDLO provides a focused multilateral alternative to bilateral assistance programs
- For developing countries and countries in economic transition, IDLO provides a forum for discussion of national rule of law programs and advocacy for their support
- As an intergovernmental agency, IDLO has access to decision makers in government and can work with a range of partners and intergovernmental agencies to enable change
- IDLO maintains a network of alumni, developed over 25 years of capacity building work, which provides a ready network of partners which the member states can influence
- Member states can influence the course of IDLO’s thought leadership in rule of law matters and thus gain another vehicle for the promotion of the rule of law and best practices