For more than a decade, ISLP has delivered pro bono legal services of the highest caliber to grassroots NGOs and select governments of least-developed countries throughout the world in support of projects that advance human rights, equitable economic development and the rule of law. Because ISLP projects are client-driven, they are imbued with a sensitivity to local needs, resources and priorities that help shape each program for maximum impact.
Experienced lawyers in both active practice and retirement bring decades of relevant experience to ISLP's activities, which include technical assistance, capacity building, training and mentoring, legal research and analysis, and direct legal counsel in significant transactional matters. With on-the-ground experience in 50 countries, ISLP has a unique ability to respond rapidly and effectively to global requests for assistance.
Other hallmarks of ISLP's approach include focusing on local needs and the local context; staying with a project as long as needed; and providing on-site assistance over substantial periods of time or for repeated assignments to achieve more lasting and significant results. ISLP's pro bono model allows it to effectively manage its resources so that every $1 spent on programs leads to the delivery of more than $12 of legal services.
ISLP, a 501(c)(3) organization, was incorporated in March 2000 and began active programming in Fall 2001. Together with its affiliate offices ISLP-Europe, based in Paris, and ISLP-UK in London, ISLP works annually with more than 40 law firms and hundreds of individual volunteers around the world.