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About ISLP

Since incorporating in 2000, and with support from foundations, law firms, lawyers, and government programs, ISLP has sent hundreds of experienced lawyers to work, pro bono, with clients in more than 50 countries and has delivered more than $110 million worth of pro bono legal assistance through both on-site projects and remote analysis and advice. ISLP is now widely recognized for the high quality law-related assistance and capacity building it offers to select clients – including civil society organizations, least-developed country governments, and other institutions – with scarce resources and little or no access to experienced lawyers to help them meet important rule of law and development needs. 

ISLP focuses its assistance in six key areas:

Natural Resource Management

Community-Inclusive Development

Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption

Civil Society Space

Investment, Trade & Tax

Economic & Social Development


ISLP’s effectiveness derives from its ability to harness the individual and collective strength of:

  • Clients, who bring local knowledge and understanding and a strong commitment to the outcome;
  • Lawyers, who bring decades of experience making law work for their clients;
  • Law firms, who bring their global reputation, multi-jurisdictional perspective, and scalable operational capacity;
  • Partners, who bring specialized knowledge, established networks, and field resources; and
  • Staff, who bring project development and implementation expertise and a professionalism that ensures that clients get the most appropriate and relevant legal assistance available.


ISLP offers its clients: (1) experienced lawyers to work on-site with them to advise on specific issues and help build their staff capacity; (2) expert legal counsel for significant natural resource transactions, legislative reform, public interest litigation, corporate governance, and other matters; (3) training workshops and educational programs for local lawyers, advocates, and governmental officials; and (4) comparative research and analysis on international and foreign laws, best practices, and proven solutions.

ISLP is immensely proud of the people it works with and for: our global clients who are playing a critical role in advancing human rights, economic development, and the rule of law in their societies and the ISLP volunteers, who bring dedication, a broad and informed perspective, and a tremendous caliber of legal skills to bear on these challenges.


2015: ISLP-UK is selected as the Charity Partner of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

2014: ISLP and law firm Hogan Lovells jointly received The American Lawyer Magazine Global Citizenship: Lifetime Achievement Award for exemplary pro bono work together in Liberia since 2007.

2012: ISLP Co-Founder and Co-President Robert Kapp was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The American Lawyer Magazine

2008: The International Law Section of the Washington, DC Bar Association recognized the International Senior Lawyers Project with its Public Service Award honoring public service in international law.

2008: ISLP senior advisors Joseph Bell of Hogan & Hartson LLP and Keith Watson of Wiley Rein LLP were honored with Service awards from VEGA, the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, an organization that supports global economic growth through volunteerism.