What is the International Legal Network?

Law as the driving force for sustainable changes in favour of the most vulnerable.

The International Legal Network (ILN) of Avocats Sans Frontières is for all those who wish to get practically involved in the ASF dynamic of solidarity and development, in accordance with its general mandate. Launched in January 2010, the ILN today brings together hundreds of legal professionalsfrom all over the world who are committed to making the law the driving force of sustainable change on behalf of the most vulnerable by supporting ASF’s international programmes and its missions in the field. The ILN offers all of its active members:

  • a structured framework (ASF missions and programmes) for interventions with long-lasting effects for maximum impact
  • a wide range of service requests for all competencies and availability (consultations, legal assistance, analysis, training, etc.)
  • a demand for top quality service for the most vulnerable and for the human rights cause

For young trainee lawyers, the ILN suggests first getting involved in an action on behalf of persecuted colleagues, through the project “Article16, Lawyers in danger”. For all law firms, the ILN offers an effective and long-lasting partnership for the development of their pro bono activities.

With the ILN you can operate side by side with the permanent ASF teams and national partner lawyer teams, on a voluntary or pro bono basis, most often in defence teams, and be asked to:

  • provide a legal response in the form of a consultation to a specific situation
  • intervene judicially for a vulnerable person or a cause
  • reinforce the capacities of colleagues who are not as well-equipped
  • support the analysis and advocacy of ASF and its missions
  • defend lawyers engaged in human rights, who are in danger for reasons connected to the exercise of their activities

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