International Development Law Organization

About IDLO

IDLO is the only global intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law and sustainable development. We have experience working in more than 90 countries around the world with various legal systems. Our network includes thousands of trusted experts, alumni and partners. Established as an intergovernmental organization in 1988, IDLO has had United Nations Observer Status since 2001.

Our Vision

A world in which every person lives with dignity and under the rule of law​

Our Mission

To enable governments, empower people and strengthen institutions to realize justice, peace and sustainable development

Our Values
  • People focused. We strive to empower people to claim their rights and build their trust in the rule of law.
  • Gender sensitive. We ensure that all our programs are gender-informed.
  • Context specific. We take into account political dynamics and needs of justice seekers.
  • Local ownership. We align our assistance with local priorities, seek local ownership and work closely with local partners.
  • Legal pluralism. We engage with formal legal systems as well as informal justice.
  • Transparency and accountability. We work to enhance transparency and accountability to our partners, beneficiaries and governing bodies.
  • Human rights. We are committed to achieve our goals through a human rights-based approach.
How IDLO was born

IDLO was preceded by the International Development Law Institute (IDLI) which was established in 1983 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) to provide training and technical assistance to lawyers and other legal professionals from developing countries. 

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