International Association of Democratic Lawyers

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International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) is an international organization of jurists' associations. It represents itself as a human rights organization concerned with imperialism and colonialism.[1] It was considered a Communist front organization by the United States government and scholars such as Richard Felix Staar and Robert W. Chandler.[2][3][4][5]


It was founded as a KGB front organization in 1946.[2] As of the late 2000s, the organization is still an active tool used by the Russian intelligence agencies.[3]

Subsidiaries and affiliated organizations[edit]



  • Arab Lawyers Union[6]
  • American Association of Jurists[6]
  • Palestinian Centre for Human Rights[6]
  • European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights[6]
  • European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights
  • European Democratic Lawyers. Its member organizations are:[11]
    • Belgium - Le Syndicat des Avocats pour la Démocratie (S.A D.)
    • France - Le Syndicat des Avocats de France (S.A.F.)
    • Germany - Der Republikanische Anwältinnen und Anwälteverein (RAV)
    • Italy - La Confederazione Nazionale Delle Associazioni Sindicali Forensi d 'Italia
    • Italy - L'Iniziativa Democratica Forense (I.D.F.)
    • Italy - Legal Team Italia ( L.T.I.)
    • Netherlands - De Vereniging Sociale Advokatuur Nederland (VSAN)
    • Spain - L 'Associació Catalana per a la Defensa dels Drets Humans (A.C.D.D.H)
    • Spain - La Asociación Libre de Abogados (ALA)
    • Spain - Euskal Herriko Abokatuen Elkartea (ESKUBIDEAK)


ECOSOC Consultative Status[edit]

IADL applied for Category B consultative status with ECOSOC in 1954, 1955, 1957 and 1959, but the application was rejected.[16][17][18][19] The application was accepted in 1967.[20][21]

At the end of 1967, there were 377 non-governmental organizations (NGO's) which the United Nations Economic and Social Council could consult on questions with which they are concerned. These organizations are divided into three groups : those in Category A, which have a basic interest in most of the activities of the Council; those in Category B, which have a special competence but are concerned with only a few of the Council's activities; and those with a significant contribution to make to the Council's work, which are placed on a Register for ad hoc consultations. At the end of 1967, there were 143 NGO's with Category B status.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IADC, Our Aims
  2. ^ a b Richard Felix Staar (1 January 1991). Foreign Policies of the Soviet Union. Hoover Press. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-8179-9103-6. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Robert Chandler (25 August 2008). Shadow World. Regnery Publishing. pp. 304–305. ISBN 978-1-59698-580-3. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Report on the National Lawyers Guild, legal bulwark of the Communist Party". United States Congress House Committee on Un-American Activities. September 17, 1950. The current international Communist front for attorneys is known as the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. This organization is sometimes referred to as the International Association of Democratic Jurists. 
  5. ^ "Central Intelligence Bulletin" (PDF). Central Intelligence Agency. October 4, 1958. p. 5. pro-communist International Association of Democratic Lawyers 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r IADL website - members
  7. ^ Progress Lawyers Network
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ Japanese Lawyers International Solidarity Association
  11. ^ European Democratic Lawyers website - about
  12. ^ "Report on U.S. Crimes in Korea" (PDF). International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "International Association of Democratic Lawyers Calls on UN to Respect Haiti’s Sovereignty". Political Affairs. April 19, 2006. 
  15. ^ Marjorie Cohn (March 24, 2012). "Marjorie Cohn: International Association of Democratic Lawyers Opposes Military Force Against Syria and Iran". 
  16. ^ "1954 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. p. 303.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  17. ^ "1955 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. p. 238.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  18. ^ "1957 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. p. 279.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  19. ^ "1959 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. p. 280.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  20. ^ a b "1967 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. pp. 562–564.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  21. ^ "List of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council as of 1 September 2010". United Nations. 1 September 2010. p. 38. 

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