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The International Law Institute is excited to have entered into an Inter-Institutional Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Lawyers Association [ILA].  [http://indialawyers.org/]

The goals of this MOU is to expand academic and technical programs and exchanges between our institutions and the members and participants of each.

The basis of both institutions is to foster the rule of law and to do so through advancing of the level of professional capacity so that professionals may achieve practical solutions to present and future problems in ways that suit their nations’ own needs.

ILI believes that economic growth 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 governance, stable legal and judicial systems, transparent procurement policies, and functioning capital markets – are fundamental. These are, however, only as effective as the people who create and manage them.

The International Law Institute and the Indian Lawyers Association recognize the value and wealth of the international resources we each can bring to accomplish and sustain our mutual capacity building goals.

The agreement and relationship was formulated between Manuj Bhardwaj, Secretary General of the Indian Lawyers Association and Robert Sargin, Deputy Director of the International Law Institute.

We each look forward to a long and productive relationship.


The Indian Lawyers Association (“ILA”) was founded in 2018 and is a voluntary professional organization for the legal professionals of India. Membership is open to lawyers, judges, professors, law students, and others interested in the law and the legal profession. The ILA has been formed to shape the future of the legal profession throughout India.

ILA aims to support the legal profession by offering access to practical resources for legal professionals to help improve the administration of justice, establish ethical codes, and develop a professional network. ILA promotes an exchange of information between the 400+ ILA Chapters nationwide.

Aims and Objectives

  • Serve Our Members
  1. Provide benefits, programs and services which promote members’ professional growth and quality of life.
  2. To provide mentorship and support for our regional chapters, and its members.
  3. To provide a platform for networking and professional development opportunities for individual law students and lawyers

  • Improve Our Profession
  1. Promote the highest quality legal education.
  2. Promote competence, ethical conduct and professionalism.
  3. Promote pro bono and public service by the legal profession.

  • Eliminate Bias and Enhance Diversity
  1. Promote full and equal participation in the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons.
  2. Eliminate bias in the legal profession and the justice system.

  • Advance the Rule of Law
  1. Increase public understanding of, and respect for, the rule of law, the legal process, and the role of the legal profession at home and throughout the world.
  2. Hold governments accountable under law.
  3. Work for just laws, including human rights, and a fair legal process.
  4. Assure meaningful access to justice for all persons.
  5. Preserve the independence of the legal profession and the judiciary.
  6. Provide access to a network of pro bono services.



The International Law Institute "ILI" is a leading provider of training and technical assistance in international law, international economics, and other aspects of international relations.  Established in 1955 and formerly part of  Georgetown University, ILI is now an independent, non-political, non-profit 501 c 3 educational institute serving a global constituency.  More than 38,000 participants, from over 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates. ILI also provides technical expertise to developing nations in the drafting of laws and the designing of their economic and government policies, in efforts to further support and promote good and efficient governance through the rule of law.  www.ili.org

ILI presents approximately 40 - 50 core-training programs each year in our facility in Washington, DC. http://www.ili.org/training.html

ILI conducts another 15-20 specialized programs are conducted annually in the U.S. and abroad, at the request of foreign governments, the World Bank, or other multilateral sponsoring agencies.

ILI has drafted over 40 laws (ratified) for developing countries; designed and implemented country systems (Arbitration / Mediation, Public Procurement; Banking System; Anti-Corruption protocols) among other notable achievements. 

ILI works closely with many governments across the globe including the US where we work with the US Foreign Service Institute on International Trade and Investments.

The ILl is an official training partner of the IFC [International Finance Corporation — World Bank] on private sector investments in large public works.

ILI is also certified by China’s State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs [SAFEA] and ranks as a leading provider of technical training on law and governance to China for Chinese government officials, SOEs, legal practitioners, and private sector officers.  ILI is also a founding member of the Belts and Road International Lawyer Association of China.

The ILI holds observer status at UNCITRAL - the United National United Nations Commission on International Trade Law; UNIDROIT - the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law; and the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

ILI is headquartered in Washington, DC, with independent regional centers in Kampala, Uganda; Abuja, Nigeria; Cairo, Egypt; Santiago, Chile; Istanbul, Turkey; a representatives office in Beijing, China.

ILI is also partnered with government entities, institutions, and universities in India, Austria, Germany, Serbia, Mexico, Italy, and Singapore to also train international officials.