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.
A world in which every person lives with dignity and under the rule of law
We champion people-centered justice and promote the rule of law to advance sustainable development and help build more peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies.
- Gender Equality
- Local Ownership
- Human Rights
- Legal Pluralism
- Transparency and Accountability
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.