About Us

International Lawyers Project

We have staff based in the UK, Russia and Kenya, with more than 2,000 volunteers all over the world. To date ILP has supported people, communities and governments in over 80 countries, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

We seek to achieve change by:

  1. Using legal mechanisms: helping civil society organisations and governments to access, understand and deploy useful legal tools such as sanctions, civil remedies, negotiations, international standards and other legal avenues in their work. 

  2. Providing expert analysis: of who has benefited from corrupt activities, illicit financial flows and tax evasion, how undermining legal structures allow these economic injustices to take place and what can be done about it; including analysing legislation, contracts and treaties in the context of local and international standards.

  3. Accountability: combining legal knowledge, networks of lawyers, and a core staff team with a deep understanding of economic justice issues, to enable our client partners to hold economic actors to account for their actions, including setting novel judicial precedents against corrupt financial institutions and multinational companies.

  4. Education: connecting ILP volunteer lawyers with law societies, civil society and government departments, to share knowledge and skills through capacity-building and project collaboration, enabling those closest to the issues to face the legal and economic challenges they encounter. This balances the scales of power and ensures that stakeholders are equipped to sustain their knowledge and further build their skills.