Leveraging International Engagement to Advance Justice at Home

When it comes to justice, there is a lot the United States can learn from around the world, and that international legal aid providers can learn from each other.


This latest policy paper written by ILF Board Member Maha Jweied describes how the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice drove progress globally and locally before it was obliterated by the Trump Administration.


Looking ahead, we support Jweied's recommendation that the Biden-Harris Administration reestablish the office, bridging domestic reform efforts with global initiatives like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are especially keen to see renewed American engagement on SDG16, including support for a more robust International Legal Aid Network (ILAN).


This policy paper was published by the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC). Visit the NYU CIC website to learn more and download the full policy paper.