IDLO was established as an inter- governmental organization in 1998 through an international treaty – the Agreement for the Establishment of the International Development Law Organization – of which the Government of Italy, our host, is the Depository.

 IDLO is governed by the Assembly of Parties, which determines the organization’s policies and oversees actions taken by the Director-General. The governance structure comprises a Standing Committee, an Audit and Finance Committee and an expert Board of Advisers, whose members are elected by the Assembly.

The Assembly of Parties convenes annually in Rome. Member Parties elect a President and a Vice-President for a three-year term. As host country of the organization’s headquarters in Rome, Italy is Vice-President ex-of cio.

At the 2015 Assembly of Parties, Kuwait was elected as President and the United States as Vice-President. New members Honduras, Mongolia and Pakistan were welcomed into the organization, bringing the total number of IDLO’s member parties to 30.

H.E. Nadeem Riyaz, Pakistan Ambassador, and Ms. Irene Khan. Pakistan became an IDLO Member State in 2015. © IDLO

H.E. Nadeem Riyaz, Pakistan Ambassador, and Ms. Irene Khan. Pakistan became an IDLO Member State in 2015. © IDLO

“Pakistan deeply appreciates the great work done by IDLO. As a member, Pakistan will actively and positively contribute to its activities.”
— H.E. Nadeem Riyaz, Ambassador of Pakistan to Italy


Board of Advisers

H.E. Ertugrul Apakan 
Ambassador, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Former Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations

Prof. Cristiana Carletti
Associate Professor of Public International Law, University Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

Prof. Stefan Hammer
Professor of Public Law and Legal Philosophy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Prof. Patricia G. Kameri-Mbote 
Professor of Law, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya

Ms. Hongxia Liu 
Chief Operating Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor,New York University, Shanghai, China

Prof. Makau W. Mutua
Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor, Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA

Prof. Jan Michiel Otto* 
Director, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Mr. Pascal Roux* 
Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams, Paris, France

Mr. Daniel Rowland
Law and Development Advisor, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Dr. Hanno Scheuch
Senior Counsel, OPEC Fund for International Development, Vienna, Austria

*At the 2015 Assembly of Parties Prof. Jan Michiel Otto and Mr. Pascal Roux were replaced by Dr. Soukeina Bouraoui, Executive Director of the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, Tunis, Tunisia, and Mr. Hassane Cisse, Director, Governance and Inclusive Institutions, Governance Global Practice, World Bank, Washington DC, USA.