Welcome to the International Legal Foundation
Created in 2001, the ILF is an international nongovernmental organization that assists post-conflict and transitional countries in establishing public defender systems that provide effective, quality criminal defense services for the poor. It is guided by two fundamental principles: that laws must be drafted with an appreciation of the cultural realities of the country in which they will function; and that defense lawyers—as guardians of due process—are indispensable to any fair system of justice and must be provided to anyone accused of a crime.
The ILF recently co-hosted the International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems. For information on this high-level conference, please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages, or click on the image below for detailed background information. The outcome document for this conference, known as the Johannesburg Declaration, can be found here.
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ILF’s NYC Office is Hiring a Deputy Program Director
The ILF seeks a lawyer with criminal defense experience (preferably as a public defender) and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the ILF to fill the new position of Deputy Program Director. The deputy program director will assist the program director in developing proactive and effective defense lawyers in the countries in which the ILF works, and building more effective indigent defense systems. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and a team player with strong legal skills, willing and able to travel to and spend several months on assignments in less than comfortable locations, and fluent in French or Arabic.
Fellowship Position Available in Tunisia
The International Legal Foundation (ILF) is currently seeking a qualified lawyer to immediately fill a mentoring position in ILF’s new Tunisia pilot program. The international fellow position will begin in September 2014. Mentors should have a minimum of five years of experience as a public defender and should have experience handling major felony cases. Experience training and supervising lawyers is a plus; French and/or Arabic speakers are preferred.
The ILF is seeking Fall 2014 interns for its NYC office.
The ILF’s NYC headquarters seeks several interns for the fall semester. Law students and exceptional undergraduate students will be considered. Click here to view the general internship announcement, and click here if you are a speaker of French and/or Arabic.
Volunteer Clinical Teaching Opportunity in the West Bank
A volunteer position is open in the West Bank for lawyers experienced in teaching or supervising law students or in running a clinical defense clinic. The remaining dates for this teaching opportunity are September to December 2014. Please see the announcement below for more information.
Applications are now being accepted for International Fellowships in Nepal and the West Bank.
A position is available at ILF-Nepal. The dates for the ILF-Nepal fellowship are June to September 2014. Please see the announcement below for more information.
A position is available at ILF-West Bank. The dates for the ILF-West Bank fellowships are September to December 2014. Please see the announcement below for more information.