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Board Member of the International Lawyers Project

 

The International Lawyers Project is seeking two new board members, with expertise in environment and sustainable development, and tax and public finance reform.

ILP’s mission is to advance economic justice and the rule of law globally by connecting communities, governments and civil society with pro bono legal expertise.  We focus on combating corruption, reforming tax and public finance systems, protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development, in pursuit of economic justice for the most marginalised. ILP was founded in 2005 by a group of UK lawyers passionate about empowering communities in low-income countries to achieve economic justice through strategic pro bono legal assistance. We have since supported clients in more than 80 countries.

Particular highlights of 2021 include:

  • Advising South African activists on how to repatriate assets stolen from the country 

  • Supporting the UK Trade Ministry and the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition with a review of the UK’s post-Brexit Free Trade Agreements. 

  • Helping a Congolese and Namibian civil society compile formal submissions to the U.S. Department of State and Treasury recommending sanctions against high-ranking officials for grave corruption and human rights abuses.

  • Providing legal strategy advice to Kenya’s “Okoa Uchumi Coalition,” a platform committed to pursuing redress for Kenya's unsustainable debt crisis through advocating for political responsibility and accountability. 

  • Helping Ugandan forestry officials and civil society to seek an emergency injunction from the East Africa Court of Justice to prevent deforestation of the ancient Bugoma Forest, home to thousands of critically endangered species.

  • Supporting a coalition of NGOs and the UK’s Foreign and Cabinet Office officials to successfully enact into UK legislation ‘Magnitsky’ style anti-corruption sanctions laws.

  • Organising workshops for the UK Foreign Office and anti-corruption activists in South and Central America on the UK’s new anti-corruption sanctions regime and compilation of enforcement dossiers. 

  • Providing training to prosecutors in the Northern Nigerian state of Kaduna on corruption and rule of law issues including child rape and kidnappings.

In addition to our case work, in 2020, we delivered 14 training sessions to government officials in low-income countries and in excess of 300 officials in low income countries benefited from ILP capacity training on tax and rule of law. Several thousand citizens in rural and low-income regions internationally, but particularly in sub Saharan Africa (2,500 in Kenya alone), benefited from ILP legal advice and support. 

From 2019-2021 ILP considered nearly 500 pro bono client requests. For every £1 we received in 2021 from our donors, we are able to provide at least £11 worth of pro bono legal assistance. This demonstrates our value and effectiveness in providing emergency, tailored legal support which would otherwise be beyond the financial reach of our clients. 

 

This is an important and interesting period in the development of the charity. ILP is a small but ambitious global non-profit organisation, headquartered in the UK, with an international team of dedicated staff. We are a UK-registered charity in the process of establishing USA charitable status to further grow our operations. Charity trustees share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. This includes setting the strategic direction and overseeing the implementation of strategy; ensuring that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements; managing resources responsibly; and generally maintaining governance of the highest standard, in line with the guidance of the UK Charity Commission.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our board and we would especially welcome applicants from sub saharan Africa, where a majority of our pro bono clients are based. Although, please note that applicants can be based anywhere as long as they have the ability to work remotely.

We are seeking people who are committed to our vision and can help to shape our future direction. You will be joining a board of eight current members. There are four board meetings a year of around two hours each, but all trustees also contribute on different tasks – ad hoc working groups, commenting on documents, suggesting contacts, attending relevant meetings -- between board meetings.

What we are looking for

  • Commitment to the mission of ILP and its pro bono model 

  • Expertise in either tax and fiscal reform, or environment and sustainable development, in an international development context

  • Experience in and a desire to contribute to building our global programmes (including aspects such as partner outreach, thematic strategy & quality control, staff mentoring and recruitment, MEL, communications and  fundraising in relation to work on these programmes)

  • A willingness to contribute fully to board meetings and dedicate the time required 

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties and liabilities of trusteeship

 

How to apply

Please submit a CV and short covering letter.  Please show how your skills and experience match the person specification, why you wish to join the board and any other relevant details in support of your application, such as other pro bono activities. Please email contact@internationallawyersproject.org for any queries. For further details on our activities and achievements please see our website and our annual report