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International Legal Foundation

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Last modified: October 25, 2012, 7:49 PM


The International Legal Foundation (the ILF), is a not-for-profit public defender organization, created to assist in the establishment of fair criminal justice systems in post-conflict countries. It is guided by two fundamental principles: (i) laws must be drafted with an appreciation of the cultural realities of the country in which they will function, and (ii) 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. To realize these principles, the ILF sets up public defender offices in post-conflict countries or partners with an existing NGO using a pioneering model of mentoring and on-the-job training for local lawyers. The organization is currently implementing one project, ILF-Afghanistan (formerly known as Legal Aid Afghanistan) and beginning work in Nepal, working with a local NGO, Advocacy Forum (ILF-in-Nepal). The ILF grew out of two privately funded justice-related projects: Legal Aid Rwanda and the International Law Project, the precursor of ILF-Afghanistan, at the Afghan University, in Peshawar, Pakistan.

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  • International Fellow - West Bank - Volunteer Opportunity

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    December 17, 2014
    Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
    THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER Ramallah, West Bank Practice Areas: Civil Rights & Liberties/Racial Justice Issues, Crim...
  • Volunteer Clinical Teaching - Volunteer Opportunity

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    December 17, 2014
    Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
    2 positions available: Jan 2015 - March 2015 March 2015 - May 2015 May 2015 - July 2015 The International Legal Foundation (ILF) seeks lawyers experienced in ...
  • Volunteer Lawyer Opportunity – Nepal - Volunteer Opportunity

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    December 17, 2014
    New York, NY, US
    The International Legal Foundation (ILF) seeks experienced lawyers to help build a proactive approach to criminal defense representation in Nepal by training an...

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