Mission Statement

The ILF’s mission is to assist post-conflict and transitional countries to establish public defender systems that provide quality and effective criminal defense services to the poor.

In carrying out its mission, the ILF:

  • Is driven by the belief that defense lawyers – as guardians of due process – are indispensible to any fair system of justice, and every person accused of a crime should have access to one;
  • Works solely in countries emerging from conflict where governments have recognized the right to counsel and are committed to building a strong and fair system of justice;
  • Aims to ensure that laws that guarantee the right to counsel are meaningfully implemented in ways that respect the historical, practical and cultural context of each country.

For more information, please see the ILF History page.

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