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.
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.