For Immediate Release                                                                     

special announcement



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It is with great pleasure that Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman of the International Law Institute [] and Dr. James G. Apple, Chairman of the International Judicial Academy [], announce the approval of a merger between the two organizations, effective October 1, 2016 with regulatory issues requiring several weeks to complete.

On behalf of their organizations, both Professor Wallace and Dr. Apple look forward to collaborating on advances in judicial and court training; supporting judicial reform initiatives globally; and expanding joint program offerings. Areas of specific focus will be court innovations and efficiencies; prosecutorial and defense attorney training; court technology; rights of the accused and human rights; influences of media on the courts and the judicial process; and specialized prosecutions, among other important topics.

Professor Wallace notes that the inclusion of IJA as ILI’s newest Center of Expertise will greatly enhance our program offerings as a full service institution assisting in strengthening judicial systems globally. Additionally, the ILI will be better positioned to support country-specific judicial and legal reforms with our clients around the world.

Dr. Apple affirms this notion, adding that the merger also allows IJA to expand its program options; its areas of outreach, including working with ILI’s global affiliates; as well as leveraging ILI’s vast access to international technical legal experts.

Under the merger, IJA will become a Center of Expertise within the International Law Institute.  Current Centers of Expertise include Alternative Dispute Resolution; Comparative Legislative Management; International Investment Law Center; International Trade Law; Private Investment in Infrastructure; and Procurement Law and Policy.

Dr. Apple will serve as the Center’s Director, and will continue to lead the mission and opportunities of the IJA.

The 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 educational institute serving a global constituency.  More than 30,000 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. 

The ILI has drafted over 40 laws (subsequently enacted) for developing countries; designed and implemented country systems (Arbitration / Mediation, Public Procurement; Banking System; Anti-Corruption protocols) among other notable achievements.  Moreover, the ILI works closely with many governments across the globe including that of the United States where we work with the US Department of State teaching at the Foreign Service Institute as well as publishing various legal and scholarly texts.

The International Judicial Academy was founded in 1999 with the mission of “promoting the rule of law around the world through quality education, training and research” for judges, court officers, ministry of justice officials and other rule of law officers.  To accomplish this, the IJA has emphasized in its programs strengthening the judiciaries of client countries by promoting judicial independence and internationally recognized good practices. Its educational programs have promoted the effective roles of judges and court personnel in modern, fair, efficient, accessible, and transparent legal systems.

To date, the IJA has planned and conducted 160 seminars, conferences, and other educational programs for over 5,000 judges, court officers, and rule of law officials from nations in the Middle East, Far East, Africa, and South America.

IJA brings its scholarly publications including “International Judicial Monitor,” a globally recognized and awarded on-line publication which is created and operated in partnership with the American Society of International Law.  This publication is used to promote and exchange technical dialogue throughout the judicial community.

Published four times per year, the International Judicial Monitor features topics including: Justice in Profile; International Tribunal Spotlight; Global Judicial Dialogue; General Principles of International Law; Leading Figures in International Law; Justice Sector Assessment; In Review - New Publications on International and Comparative Law; Historic Moments in International Law; Private International Law Discourse; Judicial Reform Report which focuses on specific areas of judicial reform; editorial commentary; and 100 Ways International Law Shapes Our Lives.

The combined organization remains a non-profit, non-political, educational, and technical assistance organization, headquartered at the International Law Institute, 1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, M-100, Washington, DC  20007, +