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International Legal Resource Center

From The Chairs

Timothy L. Dickinson, Co-Chair
Michael E. Burke, Co-Chair


Since 1999, the International Legal Resource Center (ILRC), has been providing technical legal assistance to rule of law and democratic governance implementers who work in developing countries by providing legal experts possessing impressive international development track records. Our clients include the UNDP, UN Women, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the World Bank Group.

Experts for long-term and short-term in-country assignments are selected from a database or 2,000 international legal experts 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. Experts interested in becoming part of the ILRC database can register here.

The ILRC also conducts assessments of draft and current legislation. Requests for legal resources, legislative assessments and research have grown to make up more than half of our International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) projects. Over the past two years our projects have focused on data protection laws, cybercrime legislation, climate change and environmental law, legal aid, constitutional reform and other related rule of law issues. In order to achieve long-term and sustainable results, emphasis has been placed on capacity building, implementation and enforcement as well as monitoring and evaluation.

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. 

The ILRC is well-positioned to continue our growth and engage new clients and challenges. 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 Jinny Choi, International Projects Director, at +1-202-662-1675 or [email protected].