International Association of Democratic Lawyers

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International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) is an international organization of left-wing and progressive jurists' associations with sections and members in 50 countries and territories.[1] Along with facilitating contact and exchange of views between and among lawyers and lawyers' associations of all countries, the IADL works to conduct research on legal issues affecting human, political and economic rights, organizes international commissions of enquiry and conferences on legal and judicial concerns, and takes part in international legal observer missions.[2][3] Through its activities the Association works as a recognized consultative organization with the United Nations through ECOSOC, UNESCO and UNICEF.[2]


The Association was founded in Paris in 1946. From 1967 the IADL was one of the original NGOs accredited with Consultative II Status with ECOSOC and is represented at UNESCO and UNICEF.[4] The Association is also a member of the Conference of NGOs (CONGO) of the United Nations.[4]

It was accused of being a Communist front organization by the United States government during the Cold War period. In 1990 for example, the Soviet Union funded the organization with 100,000 US dollars.[5]


International Headquarters – Rue Brialmont 21, B-1210, Brussels, Belgium [2]

International Secretariat – Ito Bldg 2nd Floor, Yotsuya 1–2, Shinjuku-ku, 160-0004, Tokyo, Japan [2]


The IADL is organized on the basis of institutional member organizations, regional and affiliated sections, groups and individual membership, representing about 200,000 members in all.[2]

Institutional Members:

Regional and Affiliated Members:

  • 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:[10]
    • 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.[15][16][17][18] The application was accepted in 1967.[19][20]

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.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IADL
  2. ^ a b c d e UNESCO
  3. ^ IADL Our Aims
  4. ^ a b IADL
  5. ^ Richard Felix Staar (1991). Foreign policies of the Soviet Union. Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University. p. 80. ISBN 9780817991029
  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. ^ European Democratic Lawyers website – about
  11. ^ "Report on U.S. Crimes in Korea" (PDF). International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "International Association of Democratic Lawyers Calls on UN to Respect Haiti’s Sovereignty". Political Affairs. April 19, 2006. 
  14. ^ Marjorie Cohn (March 24, 2012). "Marjorie Cohn: International Association of Democratic Lawyers Opposes Military Force Against Syria and Iran". 
  15. ^ "1954 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. p. 303.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  16. ^ "1955 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. p. 238.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  17. ^ "1957 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. p. 279.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  18. ^ "1959 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. p. 280.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  19. ^ a b "1967 Yearbook of the United Nations" (pdf). United Nations. pp. 562–564.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  20. ^ "List of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council as of 1 September 2010" (PDF). United Nations. 1 September 2010. p. 38. 

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