WHO WE ARE
IDLO enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity.
Vision: A world where every person lives in dignity and under the rule of law.
Mission: To enable governments and empower people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity.
As the only inter-governmental organization with an exclusive mandate to promote the rule of law, IDLO works to make institutions of law and justice work for people. In that way we contribute to creating stable and inclusive societies where there is opportunity for all and where every person can live free from fear and want.
We provide technical legal assistance and capacity development at the national and local level, often in the poorest and most insecure parts of the world. We work in partnership with local actors and with different legal systems in an enabling and empowering – rather than prescriptive or directive – way.
IDLO has extensive experience in countries emerging from conflict or striving towards democracy. Increasingly it is also working in emerging economies and middle-income countries to strengthen their legal capacity for sustainable development and economic opportunity.
Creating a culture of justice entails responsive legal institutions, empowered citizens, and a legal system that enables fair outcomes. IDLO seeks to promote a culture of justice through:
|Governance and Peacebuilding
- Constitutional reform
- Judicial reform
- Legal training
- Peace-building initiatives
|Access to Justice |
- Gender equality
- Legal services for poor and marginalized communities
- Economic and social rights
- Access to health services
|Legal Innovation to Promote Sustainable Development
- Climate change, green economy and clean technologies
- Natural resource management
- Trade, investment, technology and intellectual property
Since its establishment in 1983, IDLO has worked with over 20,000 legal professionals in 175 countries. Its growing worldwide network – consisting of 47 independent alumni associations and a roster of some 2,500 experts – gives the organization a unique possibility to draw on expertise from around the world.
IDLO was granted Observer Status by the United Nations General Assembly in 2001. It is supported financially by voluntary contributions from governments, multilateral organizations, private foundations and the private sector.
IDLO has its headquarters in Rome, liaison offices for the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and country offices in Afghanistan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, South Sudan, Somalia (based in Nairobi) and Tajikistan.
||International Advisory Council|
Abdel-Latif Al-Hamad: Chairman and CEO, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development
Abdou Diouf: Former President of the Republic of Senegal
William H. Gates Sr.: Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Thomas Pickering: Former United States Ambassador and Under Secretary of State
Mary Robinson: Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Albie Sachs: Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa