Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG)


Methodologies: Technical Assistance (including institutional support),, Advocacy, Policy and Legislation Development, Legal Aid, Capacity Building / Education

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Types: Non-Profit Organisation

Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa

The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states, governments, and civil organizations worldwide.  To facilitate the utilization of its legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.

PILPG specializes in public international law within the following practice areas: Peace Negotiations; Post-Conflict Constitutions; War Crimes Prosecution; and Democracy and Governance.  Through these practice areas, PILPG promotes the use of international law as an alternative to violent conflict and extremism or other destabilizing means for resolving international disputes and promoting democratization.  PILPG provides legal counsel to pro bono clients during peace negotiations, advises on the creation and operation of transitional justice mechanisms, provides expertise during the drafting of constitutions, and advises on ways to strengthen the rule of law and democratic institutions.

Over the past decade, PILPG has provided pro bono assistance to over two dozen clients, including clients in Afghanistan, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burma, Cote d’Ivoire, Dutch Antilles, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Montenegro, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Uganda, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.  PILPG has also provided legal assistance to the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the International Criminal Court, the Iraqi High Tribunal, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.