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.

Johannesburg Conference

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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