History and Highlights of the ILEX Program

By Edison Dick

The American Bar Association’s International Legal Exchange (ILEX) Program has been making a difference by educating practitioners, building partnerships, and advancing rule of law since its formation nearly half a century ago in 1968. The program began with a desire on the part of the ABA to provide on-the-job training for foreign legal trainees and, conversely, to provide similar training for U.S. lawyers in foreign countries. In that same year, the U.S. Department of State designated ILEX as a sponsoring organization under the U.S. Mutual Education and Cultural Act.

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