International Law Institute ILI, Washington

Since its founding as part of Georgetown University in 1955, the ILI has provided training and technical assistance to find practical solutions to the legal, economic and financial problems of developing countries training over 15,000 officials, managers, and practitioners from more than 185 countries since its first seminar in 1971. Since 1983, ILI has been an independent, non-profit educational institution serving an international constituency of government officials, legal and business professionals and scholars from its headquarters in Washington, D.C … (about Mission 1/2).

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Address: INTERNATIONAL LAW INSTITUTE, The Foundry Building, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007, USA;

Our Mission 2/2: … ILI is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has regional centers in Kampala, Uganda, Abuja, Nigeria, Cairo, Egypt, Santiago, Chile and Hong Kong, SAR – its newest center. 

ILI’s training and technical assistance programs are conducted by adjunct faculty and advisors, a body of over 500 professionals of all nationalities from government, academia, multilateral organizations, and the private sector.

ILI’s mission is to raise levels of professional competence and capacity in all nations so that professionals everywhere may achieve practical solutions to common problems in ways that suit their nations’ own needs. In working to fulfill that mission, ILI’s activities have grown from pure research to practical training and education in Washington, its regional campuses, and elsewhere; advising governments and private entities internationally; and publishing.


  • At the heart of the ILI training program are the seminars for participants from the public and private sectors. The Washington-based courses cover a breadth of topics relating to national and international business, investment, and governance. These topics include procurement, privatization, arbitration and mediation, negotiating and implementing trade agreements, WTO: rights and obligations, project management, legislative drafting, judicial administration, corporate governance, bank restructuring, and borrowing & debt management. Of special interest to foreign lawyers, law students preparing for graduate legal study in the U.S, and others whose jobs require an understanding of the U.S. legal system are three courses offered every summer – Introduction to Legal English and Legal Writing, and Orientation to the U.S. Legal System. Additionally, ILI offers tailored courses abroad, in additional to its standard offerings customized for particular national audiences.


  • ILI serves as an advisor to governments and multilateral organizations in many areas, including among others, specific negotiations, problems, and special assignments, such as drafting of agreements, focused studies, revision of regulations, contract standardization, legislative drafting, procurement, and project management. ILI draws on its very large network of alumni, faculty, and advisors to dispatch teams well-suited to the particular challenge at hand, and is pleased to be able to offer tailor-made solutions in response to informal inquiries as well as solicitations of bids for consulting work. Among the literally hundreds of projects on which ILI has worked are Central Banking Reform (China), Judicial Reform (Commonwealth of Independent States), Transportation Infrastructure to Support Trade (Ukraine), Administrative Law Reform (Ukraine), WTO Judicial Training (China), Legal Education (Russia), Procurement Reform (Honduras).

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