International Lawyers Project (ILP), a UK based charity, and the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) a US based
non-profit organisation joined forces in the spring of 2011. The "ISLP Family" now includes ISLP, ISLP-UK and the Paris-based ISLP-Europe. Working closely together, these entities will expand and enhance the capacity of each to fulfil their common mission which is capturing the resources of highly experienced lawyers and distinguished law firms to promote the rule of law, human rights and equitable economic development worldwide. We welcome your participation and support in this enterprise.
ILP was founded in 2004 with the aim of using the legal skills and experience of senior lawyers to help establish the rule of law, advance human rights and promote equitable economic development in developing countries. ILP's most notable projects were in Tanzania. Its Tanzanian work led the new, and only, post-graduate Law School in Tanzania to ask for ILP's support and partnership. ILP helped develop a core part of the School's legal practice course and, over the past two years, has sent over 30 volunteers to deliver legal training to the students and lecturers. This highly successful Law School legal education project is ongoing (see the article below).
ISLP, which was founded in 2000 and began it's active programmes in late 2001, was the original inspiration for the creation of ILP. Over the past decade, ISLP has established a strong reputation for undertaking a wide range of outstanding pro bono projects in or affecting more than 40 countries worldwide. These include, for example, legal aid and criminal law reform in Haiti, reform of mining codes and workshops on best practices in the extractive industries in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and other African countries, juvenile justice in China, and many others. With the establishment of ISLP-Europe, ISLP significantly strengthened its capacity to engage senior lawyers with civil law training and non-English language skills in international pro bono lawyering. ILP's leadership became convinced that becoming part of the wider ISLP family would enable their vision to be more effectively realised in the UK, and that ILP's partners overseas would benefit from the resources and wider skills base that all three ISLP organisations, working together, could draw upon. ILP was delighted to find that ISLP agreed about the benefits of creating an integrated approach to international pro bono lawyering and that the two organisations had much in common.
ISLP-UK was created in the spring of 2011 when a formal agreement was reached bringing the two organisations together. A new Director, Fouzia Javaid, was recruited, and several new Trustees were appointed to the UK Board. We are extremely fortunate to have the support of these highly able individuals and confident that ISLP-UK will grow from strength to strength under their direction and the chairmanship of Michael Smyth CBE.
ISLP, ISLP-UK and ISLP-Europe, and all the staff in London, Paris and New York look forward to working together to capture the tremendous resource represented by experienced lawyers around the world to serve the world community.
For a copy of ISLP's August 2012 Newsletterr click here.
Click here for a copy of our introductory brochure on ISLP-UK.
Click here for ISLP's January 2013 newsletter highlighting recent work and contributions of ISLP's outstanding volunteers.
Click here for ISLP's 2011 Annual Report.
ISLP-UK recently held a volunteer event hosted by Herbert Smith on June 6, 2012. Click here to read more about the event.
Click here for a copy of ISLP-UK's latest Autumn newsletter to find out about our latest activities.
Click here to access ISLP-UK's newsletter archive.
Click here for ISLP's latest newsletter highlighting recent contributions of ISLP's outstanding volunteers.
ISLP celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a
Gala Luncheon on Thursday, December 1, 2011 with honored guests George Soros, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and a special greeting from actor Matt Damon. ISLP thanks all of its 23 law firm sponsors for their support, including its Global Champion supporters Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells.
Click here for a copy of an Introduction to ISLP-UK.