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International Fellows Program

Fight for justice around the world. 

The International Fellows program provides experienced criminal justice lawyers and social workers the opportunity to have a direct, positive impact on attorneys abroad, and in the process, contribute to the sustainable development of countries at a pivotal transition point.

The ILF’s International Fellows are legal and social work experts who volunteer abroad for three to five-month professional exchange assignments. International Fellows mentor local lawyers, working through challenges case-by-case to help newer attorneys develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective public defenders.

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Contribute to rule of law and criminal justice reform.

ILF Fellows encourage innovative approaches to implementing local laws while reinforcing international standards and best practices for criminal defense.  Fellows accompany local lawyers as they interview clients, write motions, make court appearances, and conduct investigations. They also help plan and present training modules for members of the local bar and judiciary.


Fellows often participate in meetings with government officials, other NGOs, and donors involved in rule of law projects to offer expertise and help develop new partnerships.

Since 2001, ILF Fellows from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India and beyond have completed over 100 missions. They have:

  • Facilitated the release of clients languishing in detention

  • Curtailed abuses by police and prosecutors

  • Won acquittals for many accused

  • Persuaded judges to update their policies

  • Helped win landmark legal victories

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