The International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems will hold a special virtual convening on legal aid amidst COVID-19 to continue to achieve progress on equal access to justice for all as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda and to strengthen access to quality legal aid services for the poor and vulnerable.

The Public Defender's Office of the State of Rio de Janeiro will host the virtual conference together with the International Legal Foundation (ILF), the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and in collaboration with the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the National College of General Public Defenders of Brazil (CONDEGE), the Public Defender's Office of the Union, and the National Association of Public Defenders of Brazil (ANADEP).

Voices of SDG16+:

Stories for Global Action


On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, the ILF was featured in a virtual side event during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum to discuss how the organization is advancing SDG16+ in Palestine.

The ILF was one of five organizations selected as finalists in the Voices of SDG16+ video campaign, which asked individuals and organizations around the world to share their “best practices and extraordinary efforts being undertaken towards SDG16+ at the national and local levels, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.”

The event showcased a video illustrating the work of the ILF’s Palestine team followed by a presentation from Ghadanfar Kamanji, the ILF’s Country Director in Palestine

Community Conversation:

Nepal from Case #1 to COVID-19

July 1, 2020 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

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In 2008, the ILF established the first independent public defender office in Nepal. A decade later, the Nepal team is now locally-led as the Public Defender Society of Nepal (PDS-Nepal). PDS-Nepal has grown into a premier legal aid institution. The team has led numerous criminal justice reforms, provided critical advocacy in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake.  


Today, they are fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in Nepal, where police brutality and strict lockdown measures have threatened human rights and due process. 


Join us for a discussion with ILF Country Representative and Director of the Public Defender Society of Nepal Ajay Shankar Jha Rupesh. From the ILF’s early days in Nepal to today’s pandemic, Mr. Shankar Jha Rupesh will reflect on the program’s evolution, biggest challenges, and the strategies that have worked in the fight for justice in Nepal.

The ILF’s Community Conversations aim to provide a space to reimagine, recommit, and reinspire

all of us who care about building a more just world.