International Development Law Organization

Our History

2014
IDLO opens Branch Office in The Hague.
Afghanistan joins IDLO as Member Party.

2013
AFGHANISTAN: IDLO launches Justice Training Transition Program (JTTP) in partnership with the Afghan government.
TUNISIA: IDLO begins building the capacity of Tunisian magistrates and prosecutors to combat financial and economic crimes
BRAZIL: A Casa de Direitos (House of Rights) opens in Rio de Janeiro with IDLO support, providing legal services for disenfranchised communities
IDLO publishes "Women's Access to Justice" report, drawing experience from eight nations

2012
SOUTH SUDAN: Process of drafting a permanent constitution starts, with IDLO support.
SOMALIA: Provisional Constitution adopted with an IDLO-supported ban on Female Genital Mutilation. IDLO and MoJ hold public consultations on the constitution with political parties and refugee community.
KENYA: Parliament passes several IDLO-reviewed bills. Organization supports High Court of Kenya in hearing more than 100 cases involving electoral boundaries.
MONGOLIA: Office opens in Ulaanbaatar

2011
Irene Khan, former head of Amnesty International, elected Director-General of IDLO.
Regional offices open in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Nairobi, Kenya.
AFGHANISTAN: EVAW units begin rapid expansion.

2010
AFGHANISTAN: First "Elimination of Violence Against Women" (EVAW) Unit opens in Kabul. EVAW prosecutors handle nearly 300 cases.
SOUTH SUDAN: IDLO begins to train judges in common law principles and English language.

2009
AFGHANISTAN: IDLO publishes Dari language Human Rights Glossary and criminal law Benchbook.
KENYA: Invited to support Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review. SOUTH SUDAN: Program office opens in Juba.

2007
Permanent Representation Office opens in NYC

2006
KYRGYZSTAN: IDLO Office opens in Bishkek.
AFGHANISTAN: IDLO Begins partnership with Afghan Ministry of Justice. Assists in founding Legal Aid Organization of Afghanistan (LAOA)

2002
Name changes from IDLI to IDLO. IDLO begins co-operating with Afghan government in justice and legal reform. Organization searches for and retrieves 2,400 ‘lost’ Afghan laws.

2001
IDLO granted 'Permanent Observer Status' by the United Nations General Assembly

2000
Project office established in East Timor

1997
Regional training office opens in Manila

1996

First project office established in Warsaw

1991
Legal status changed from NGO to IGO

1990
First Assembly of Member States

1986
First training workshop held abroad, in Beijing

1984
First ‘Development Lawyers Course’ held. IDLI leaders meet Italian President Sandro Pertini at Quirinale

1983
International Development Law Institute (IDLI) founded in Rome