International Legal Resource Center

From The Chairs

Timothy L. Dickinson, Co-Chair

Michael E. Burke, Co-Chair


The International Legal Resource Center (ILRC), representing the longstanding partnership between the ABA Section of International Law and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), embodies the global legal community’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and helping those most in need.

Since 1999, the ILRC has been providing technical legal assistance to UNDP in connection with its rule of law and democratic governance work in developing countries. The ILRC also conducts assessments of draft and current legislation. We support UNDP by providing legal experts possessing impressive international development track records with UNDP country offices and regional services centers to both advise and empower UNDP’s local partners.

Experts for long-term and short-term in-country assignments are selected from a database representing jurists from over 100 countries. To date, the ILRC has carried out over 300 projects worldwide, ranging from legal empowerment of the poor, to institution building and access to justice issues to addressing large-scale problems such as systemic corruption. For a complete list of past ILRC projects, please see our latest Annual Report. Our experts also stay current with the latest issues in international development via our ILRC E-bulletin, which offers periodic opportunities for training and the latest publications in this field. Experts interested in becoming part of the ILRC database can register here.

The ILRC is well-positioned to continue our growth and engage new clients and challenges. We have undertaken projects with new institutions and other members of the UN family, including UN Women, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the World Bank Group. The ILRC also provides support to “Open Government Partnership” (OGP) member countries; assisting with implementation of their OGP National Action Plans. Moving forward, the ILRC will play a substantive role in supporting the post-2015 UN development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. 

Please join us as we expand our mission and continue to help bring the rule of law to new parts of the world.

Timothy L. Dickinson

Michael E. Burke

For details on how to partner with the ILRC, please contact Christina Heid, International Projects Director, at +1-202-662-1034 or