As one of the only organizations working to advance indigent defense systems and train and mentor skilled criminal defense lawyers in post-conflict and transitional countries, the ILF plays a pivotal role in post-conflict reconstruction. Although development efforts in post-conflict countries have increasingly focused on the rule of law, the role of defense has attracted relatively little attention, and access to counsel for the poor remains an enduring and serious problem.
More and more, news outlets are recognizing the importance of a fair trial and, thus, a proper defense for all those accused of a crime. Click on each of the following links to read more about the ILF’s work in this area of development.
“Court against juvenile detention”, The Himalayan Times, June 23, 2010 (PDF File)
“Dispatch from Nepal”, The Huffington Post, December 19, 2009 (PDF File)
“Lawyer training programme in Nepal”, The Bar Review (Ireland), December 2009 (PDF File)
“Lawyers fighting for Afghan justice”, The Edmunton Sun, November 3, 2009 (PDF File)
“Bagram’s Black Hole: Guantanamo Bay was bad enough. Bagram is worse”, The American Lawyer, November 13, 2008 (PDF File)
“Roxane Vachon: an advocate for criminal justice in Afghanistan”, Benchers’ Bulletin, The Law Society of British Colombia, No. 5 of 2006 (December 2006) (link)
“Summerside Lawyer Heads to Kabul”, CBC/Radio Canada News, November 1, 2006 (PDF File)
“The Case for the Defence”, The Guardian, March 22, 2005 (PDF File)
“Teaching Defense: U.S. Lawyers Teach Afghan Attorneys the Art of Defense”, the National Law Journal, January 10, 2005 (PDF File)
“Local Lawyer to Share his Expertise in Kabul”, The Concord Monitor (New Hampshire), June 24, 2004 (PDF File)
“Have Degree, Will Travel”, Newsday (New York), December 18, 2003 (PDF File)
“Afghanistan Gets Public Defense, American Style”, New York Law Journal, August 29, 2003 (PDF File)