What We Do

Strengthening Democracy, Engaging Citizens to Eradicate Poverty & Promote Human Rights

The International Consortium for Law and Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people as they engage in participatory lawmaking.


To do this, ICLAD offers an innovative mix of practical and theoretical tools to equip legislators, ministry officials, civil society participants, university faculty, and development professionals to solve social problems through effective law.


Our distinctive methodology empowers these participants in the lawmaking process to transform their societies, contributing to socio-economic security and democratic governance.


ICLAD's partners and alumni represent more than 50 developed, developing, transitional, and post-conflict societies with a diverse range of legal traditions, including common law, civil law, sharia, and customary law.

Who We Serve

Government Officials & Staff

ICLAD prepares ministries to conduct policy research, identify effective solutions, draft legislation and rules and implement them, and monitor and evaluate outcomes. More


ICLAD's legislative strengthening resources and programs equip legislators to assess and amend bills and to provide effective legislative oversight. More

Civil Society Participants

ICLAD builds civil society capacity to advocate for good governance and to contribute knowledge to lawmaking, monitoring, and evaluation processes. More

University Faculty

ICLAD works with universities to develop courses and create interdisciplinary research centers to promote good governance. More

Development Professionals

ICLAD links local and international development professionals with lawmakers to solve social problems. More


ICLAD Project Launches New e-Learning

ICLAD is now announcing 2014 e-Learning courses.

ICLAD Announces New M&E Protocols

ICLAD's Research and Training division proposes new protocols for monitoring and evaluation of legislative strengthening programs.

Field Notes: Agrarian Reform, Brazil

Researcher Gleisson Araujo reports on using ICLAD's approach to study the effectiveness of agrarian reform programs in Brazil.