International Development Law Organization IDLO

Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

  • THE ASSEMBLY OF PARTIES is composed of all representatives of IDLO’s member states, which are signatories to the Establishment Agreement of IDLO. The Assembly is IDLO’s highest decision-making body and it convenes in Rome at least once a year. The role of the Assembly is to determine the Organization’s policies and oversee the work of the Director-General. Its duties include the adoption of the budget, the action plan and the by-laws for the governance of the Organization and the appointment of the Director-General and members of the Board of Advisers.
  • The Kingdom of The Netherlands is currently the President of the Assembly of Parties and Burkina Faso was elected as one of two Vice-Presidents. The other Vice-Presidency is held by Italy as the host country of the IDLO Headquarters.
  • The Parties to IDLO’s Establishment Agreement are currently: … (full text Governance).

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Who we are: IDLO is an international intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting the rule of law and good governance in developing countries, countries in economic transition and in those emerging from armed conflict.  

We pursue our mandate on the belief that the establishment of the rule of law is an essential pre-condition for economic and social development. The rule of law provides the framework for achieving human security. It defines the role of the state and the relationship between the state and its citizens. It provides the rules for economic activity and the framework for guaranteeing of human rights. Without the rule of law, the universal potential for self-improvement and development cannot be realized. Without the rule of law violent conflict can become the norm.

IDLO provides training opportunities for legal professionals in developing countries, and technical assistance in support of legal and judicial reform. IDLO seeks to establish sustainable impact in all of its work. It provides resources, tools and skills; not solutions. Improved laws and regulations and their more systematic application, improved legal skills and strengthened institutions of justice are the legacy of our work.

Since its establishment, IDLO has worked with over 20,000 legal professionals in 175 countries and supports 44 legally established IDLO Alumni Associations around the world, which contribute to the overall impact and long-term sustainability of the Organization’s work.

Our Headquarters are based in Rome, Italy and we have two Regional Offices: in Cairo, Egypt, covering Arabic-speaking countries and in Sydney, Australia, covering the Asia Pacific region.  IDLO currently operates Project Offices in Afghanistan, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan.

In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly granted IDLO Permanent Observer Status which has permitted IDLO to establish a permanent liaison office at UN Headquarters in New York.

IDLO is funded by volontary contributions from its 20 Member States and from governments, multilateral organizations, private foundations, international businesses and individuals.

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