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.


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Beginning on Tuesday, November 15, the ILF will co-host an international conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina to address global challenges in ensuring access to quality legal aid services for the poor and vulnerable, particularly in criminal justice systems. The conference is also hosted by the Government of Argentina and the Ministerio Público de la Defensa de Argentina (Office of the Federal Public Defender of Argentina), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

This three-day event will be the second international conference of its kind, following the inaugural conference held in South Africa, in June 2014. The conference will carry forward the themes of the South Africa conference by continuing to promote full implementation of the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems, and providing a forum in which high-level delegates from State governments, State and non-State legal aid providers, the judiciary, and criminal justice experts can share information about common challenges, provide solutions and good practices, and discuss global development that can help advance access to legal aid at the national level.

For more on this groundbreaking conference, visit balegalaid.com or follow the hashtag #balegalaid on Twitter. You can also follow the ILF’s conference activities on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

We’ll see you in Buenos Aires!

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