About our work

IRLI provides programmes and projects in developing countries which are designed to enhance the provision and protection of human rights, democracy and good governance and the promotion of the rule of law. Our programmes are responsive to local needs. IRLI works with local partners and through alliances to achieve its objectives. IRLI’s partners include government agencies, members of the legal profession, members of the judiciary, bar associations, legal academics and civil society groups in the countries in which we operate.


Access to Justice projects

IRLI develops and implements collaborative, needs-driven, access-to-justice projects which prioritise:


    • Human rights

    • Legal education

    • Professional training

    • Judicial training

    • Legislative reforms



Our Mission


  • Capacity building

Build capacity among members of the legal profession on the island of Ireland to ensure that they are best placed to assist in the provision of pro bono legal advice and assistance to support IRLI’s projects.


  • Opportunities

Facilitate opportunities for Irish lawyers to use their skills overseas through voluntary placements or participating in training workshops.


  • International Development

Draw together a network of engaged lawyers who have contributed or wish to contribute to the use of the law as a tool for international development.


  • Awareness & Learning

Promote awareness and learning on how the law and lawyers can support progress in developing countries through meetings, events and publications.