International Rule of Law Directory Categories

Below is a list of 10 practice areas. Please read through these carefully before registering. Click on a practice area to read the description.

Category 1
Organisations offering assistance in the administration of justice
Category 6
Organisations monitoring, advising and assisting police and prison workers to uphold the rule of law
Category 2
Organisations offering assistance to arbitrators, mediators and conciliators in developing access to justice and alternative dispute resolution
Category 7
Organisations offering assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced people
Category 3
Organisations monitoring, advising and assisting lawyers and human rights defenders
Category 8
Organisations offering financial assistance to uphold the rule of law
Category 4
Organisations offering assistance to law schools and universities
Category 9
Organisations making recommendations and promoting law reform that guarantees fundamental human rights and civil liberties
Category 5
Organisations promoting the legal protection of human rights
Category 10
Organisations offering publication of research findings, public lectures, regular conferences and seminars in rule of law field issues

















Organisations monitoring, advising and assisting lawyers and human rights defenders

  • By developing training programmes and advocacy projects for lawyers in cooperation with bar associations and law societies
  • By carrying on a continuing programme of legal research in technical fields of substantive law, practice and procedure
  • By offering continuing legal education programmes
  • By offering practical support to lawyers and human rights defenders subjected to threats by state or non-state actors
  • By monitoring the bribery, corruption and manipulation of lawyers and human rights defenders
  • By strengthening and enforcing ethical and professional standards among legal practitioners and human rights defenders
  • By promoting the separation of powers, particularly the independence of the judiciary and the legislature form the executive, and support for institutional reforms
  • By promoting good governance, particularly by supporting administrative accountability and the prevention and combating of corruption
  • By supporting electoral processes, in particular by supporting independent electoral commissions, granting material, technical and legal assistance in preparing for elections, including electoral censuses, taking measures to promote the participation of specific groups, particularly women, in the elctoral process, and by training observers


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Organisations offering assistance in the administration of justice

  • By monitoring the neutrality, stability and continuity of the judiciary
  • By promoting the independence of the judiciary
  • By highlighting any form of improper pressure on judges, the Supreme Court, provincial High Courts and the lower courts
  • By advising on the appointment and selection of judges, tenure and discipline
  • By developing training programmes with overseas judiciaries including judicial training and exchange information on judicial systems and the development of law
  • By developing training programmes and support for court administrators
  • By sending trial observers
  • By organising judicial exchanges
  • By strengthening court administration and case management
  • By supporting procedural fairness, including notice of rules and efficient administration
  • By collecting, analysing and disseminating criminal justice data
  • By providing information about former abuses and reform in the criminal justice system
  • By evaluating and sharing information on criminal justice issues with a focus on research approaches
  • By organising programmes devoted to improving the practice of restorative justice
  • By improving the quality of justice through reform of criminal law, policy and practice
  • By campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty and/or prevention of summary executions
  • By campaigning to ensure governments bring the perpetrators of crimes to justice, either through law reform or effective implementation of existing laws


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Organisations making recommendations and promoting law reform that guarantees fundamental human rights and civil liberties

  • By promoting the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs
  • By helping in constitution drafting
  • By considering and/or campaigning on matters of law reform
  • By drafting legal documents in language that is both certain in meaning and easily understandable


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Organisations monitoring, advising and assisting police and prison workers to uphold the rule of law

  • By developing police training programmes relating to upholding the rule of law
  • By developing prison workers' training programmes relating to upholding the rule of law
  • By monitoring the bribery, corruption, manipulation and abuse of power by police and prison workers
  • By encouraging the abolition of torture and other ill-treatment of prisoners
  • By advocating effective and enforceable civil remedies and criminal prosecution for torture and other ill-treatment
  • By supporting national and international action for the prevention of torture and for reparation for torture survivors
  • By working for the amnesty of persons sentenced for political reasons
  • By supporting national efforts to separate civilian and military functions, training civilian and military personnel and raising their awareness of human rights


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Organisations offering assistance to arbitrators, mediators and conciliators in developing access to justice and alternative dispute resolution

  • By providing mediation, facilitation and arbitration services in support of the rule of law
  • By offering dispute resolution and mediator training related to the protection of human rights and the rule of law
  • By exploring options for the prevention of violence and the resolution of international and internal conflict through education, research, and public advocacy by reference to international law
  • By providing information on all methods of mediation and arbitration in support of the rule of law, including articles, research data, conferences, classes, and forms
  • By developing access to justice by providing free representation and legal aid to low-income and disadvantaged people
  • By promoting the need for legal aid and/or providing infra-structural support to legal aid systems


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Organisations offering assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced people

  • By asserting the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced people and publicising the violation of these rights
  • By monitoring and promoting the legal status of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced people
  • By organisations (not individuals) providing legal advice and representation to refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced people
  • By promoting and protecting the human rights of those discriminated against, of suffering from poverty or disadvantage, which will contribute to reduction of poverty and social exclusion
  • By supporting for minorities, ethnic groups and indigenous peoples
  • By promoting equality of opportunity and non-discriminatory practices, including measures to combat racism and xenophobia


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Organisations promoting the legal protection of human rights

  • By sending human rights monitors
  • By contributing to the development of international and national human rights law and the rule of law
  • By campaigning for respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens
  • By expanding and strengthening the role of the civil society in promoting the rule of law
  • By seeking to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promoting anti-discrimination legislation
  • By educating the public about human rights, human rights violations and legal protection mechanisms
  • By observing the monitoring mechanisms of international treaties
  • By promoting the ratification of human rights instruments internationally, regionally and nationally
  • By promoting consistency between national law and international human rights obligations
  • By promoting and protecting civil and political rights
  • By promoting and protecting economic, social and cultural rights
  • By supporting local, national, regional or international institutions, including NGOs, involved in the protection, promotion or defence of human rights
  • By promoting independent and responsible media and supporting a free press and respect for the rights of freedom of association and assembly
  • By promoting the participation of the people in the decision-making process at national, regional and local level, in particular by promoting the equal participation of men and women in civil society, in economic life and in politics
  • By supporting measures to promote respect for human rights and democratisation by preventing conflict and dealing with its consequences, in close collaboration with the relevant competent bodies
  • By promoting international humanitarian law and its observance by all parties to a conflict


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Organisations offering assistance to law schools and universities

  • By supporting efforts aimed at introducing, strengthening and developing rule of law concepts and values into educational curricula and teaching practices around the world
  • By supporting practice-based education programmes with local universities in order to train law students in the practice of the rule of law
  • By providing expertise in the fields of teacher training, programme design, and evaluation of law instruction in human rights in schools and community settings
  • By conducting and directing research into the rule of law


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Organisations offering publication of research findings, public lectures, regular conferences and seminars in rule of law field issues

  • By organising conferences, seminars and workshops focusing on human rights and the rule of law
  • By publishing books, reports, guidelines and other materials about human rights and the rule of law
  • By providing education forums for discussion on human rights issues and the rule of law
  • By donating human rights legal texts


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Organisations offering financial assistance to uphold the rule of law

  • By providing sponsorship to those implementing rule of law programmes
  • By providing overseas graduate and post-graduate educational scholarships
  • By operating paid and unpaid internship and fellowship programmes
  • By providing living allowances or benefit in kind for individuals interested in working in the area of rule of law and human rights
  • By providing full or partial tuition for individuals interested in rule of law issues relating to international institutions that promote human rights and the rule of law

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