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.
Every month, we receive pleas for assistance from countries around the world that desperately need assistance in establishing effective criminal legal aid systems. In 2015, we hope to open new offices in at least two countries in Africa and Asia.
This is where you, the friends and supporters of the ILF, can help us most.
The ILF has entered the Global Giving Open Challenge, which challenges nonprofits to raise at least $5,000 in the month of December. If our goal is reached, we will earn a permanent spot on this worldwide fundraising platform.
No donation is too small. Even $5 or $10 can make a difference, as through this campaign we hope to pool the strength of our many supporters to help us expand our programming worldwide.
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Summer Internship Opportunities in the ILF’s NYC Office
The ILF is seeking several exceptional law and undergraduate students for summer internships in our Manhattan headquarters. For more information about the internships offered, see below.
International Fellowships in Nepal, Tunisia, and the West Bank
The International Legal Foundation (ILF) seeks experienced lawyers to help build a proactive approach to criminal defense in Nepal, Tunisia, and the West Bank by training and mentoring local public defenders. Lawyers will volunteer in the ILF’s public defender offices for three to four months and are paid a stipend to cover their living expenses.
Multiple dates are available for each fellowship, and start and end dates are flexible. For more information, including how to apply for the fellowships, please visit the links below.