ILI was founded as part of Georgetown University in 1955 to assist in the building of governmental and economic institutions and infrastructures in post-war Europe. Since that time, ILI has provided training and technical assistance to find practical solutions to the legal, economic and financial problems of developing countries and emerging economies. Since 1983, ILI has become an independent organization and a leading authority and global provider of training and technical assistance relating to international legal, economic and financial issues.

ILI is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has regional centers in Kampala, Uganda; Abuja, Nigeria; Cairo, Egypt; Santiago, Chile; and Istanbul, Turkey.

During our fifty-five year history, ILI has provided legal training to over 29,000 government officials, legal and business professionals and scholars from 185 countries. ILI also provides technical expertise to developing nations in the design of their own laws and economic infrastructure in efforts to further promote good and efficient governance through the rule of law. ILI has trained exceptional individuals from both the public and private sectors of developing countries and we are proud that a number of ILI's participants have moved on to become prime ministers, supreme court judges, law makers, and heads of various ministries.

ILI presents a core-training program each year in our facility in Washington, DC, consisting of approximately twenty-four technical courses. Another 15-20 programs are conducted annually in the U.S. and abroad at the request of foreign governments, the World Bank, or other sponsoring agencies. In recent years, ILI has presented programs in a wide variety of international settings including: China, Mexico, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Peru, Mauritius, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Uganda, Ukraine, Russia, Turkmenistan, Philippines and various locations throughout Europe.

 

OUR MISSION: "Fostering Prosperity through the Rule of Law"

ILI believes that economic growth and effective governance is achieved through a sound legal infrastructure. ILI's mission is to raise the levels of professional competence and capacity in all nations so that professionals may achieve practical solutions to common problems in ways that suit their nations' own needs.

Economic growth and social stability is achieved through the right combination of enlightened policies, capable administration, and an active private sector. The process includes developing a transparent, efficient, and stable legal system; sound financial institutions; and a core of trained, able individuals in various professions. The institutions that matter – good government, stable legal and judicial systems, transparent procurement policies and functioning capital markets – are fundamental, but ultimately they are only as effective as the people who create and manage them.

Through its commitment to fostering prosperity around the globe, ILI has been providing professional training and technical assistance to the individuals and institutions who manage these institutional systems.

 

SUPPORTING LOCAL AND REGIONAL INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Since its inception, ILI has been deeply involved in supporting the development of legal institutions around the world. Hundreds of law professors from several dozen countries have been hosted at ILI. In several cases, resident scholars at ILI returned home to significantly improve their home institutions or even develop new institutions. In one case, three Chinese legal scholars went on to contribute to the Law School at the Chinese University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing after spending a semester studying ILI methodology and the curriculum of Georgetown University. Institutions as diverse as Transparency International (Berlin), the International Development Law Organization (Rome), the Center for Energy Petroleum and Minerals Law (Dundee) and several American institutions can all trace their roots back to ILI.

ILI has been requested to develop training institutes in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

 

EDUCATION

At the heart of the ILI training program are the seminars for participants from both 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 and law students preparing for graduate legal study in the U.S, and others whose jobs require an understanding of the U.S. legal system, there are two courses offered every summer - Introduction to Legal English and Legal Writing, and Orientation to the U.S. Legal System. ILI offers tailored courses abroad, in addition to its standard offerings customized for particular national audiences.  

 

TRAINING RESOURCES

ILI maintains a consortium of approximately 500 adjunct faculty from leading organizations from around the world. Faculty are derived from leading professors and academics from prestigious universities, partners from top global law firms, government sector specialists, senior executives from private sector international organizations and technical experts and consultants from donor organizations. The selection of ILI faculty resources are based on balancing scholarly training and global best practices with practical application and strategies derived from the foremost practitioners of those issues.

In addition to individuals experts as resources, ILI maintains strong relations with domestic and international organizations such as the American Bar Association, the International Judicial Academy, World Trade Organization, APEC, leading international law firms, the World Bank, etc.

ILI maintains a highly flexible and adaptive resource base to quickly commit to and expertly administer the needs of its clientele. ILI has a unique ability to structure teams to support training and projects from 1 day to 4 years, while maintaining continuity of deliverables. ILI believes that long term reliable partnerships are crucial to the sustainability, development and implementation of technical capacity training programs.

We believe our unique ability to introduce participants to important governmental, regulatory and multi-national organizations; to visit these sites and meet with their personnel will expose each participant a greater level of expertise and practical understanding of systems and management requirements as well as enhance the total experience of the training itself.

 

ADVISORS & TECHINCAL ASSISTANCE

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 tailored 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).

 

ILI CENTERS OF EXPERTISE

1. The Center for Public Procurement Law and Policy
2. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
3. International Investment Law Center
4. The International Trade law Center
5. The Private Investment in Infrastructure Center
6. The Center for Comparative Legislative Management

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLISHERS

 ILI publishes approximately 24 international legal and financial publications and scholarly reports.

 

The International Law Institute is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) research and educational institution