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About the People's Academy

The People’s Academy of International Law, which is sponsored by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, seeks to help anti-imperialist lawyers globally to marshal the tools of international law to support people’s struggles.

It will feature a free, online continuing legal education curriculum that provides intensive learning about different facets of international law as it relates to human rights, including both civil and political rights, and economic, social and cultural rights. Our first courses will be offered in November 2023.

Course #1 begins 3 November 2023

Join our first course, scheduled to begin on 3 November 2023: The Charter of the United Nations: Its genesis, essential principles and relevance today.

Register to be taught by recognized experts in international law, from UN Special Rapporteurs to legal academics to people’s lawyers with decades of experience using international law and legal mechanisms to protect human rights. This course has an anti-imperialist, people and earth-centered view of international law, designed to support practitioners and movements. Course materials and education will be in English, French, Spanish and potentially other languages.

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The International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Since its founding in 1946 in Paris, International Association of Democratic Lawyers members have participated in the struggles that have made the violation of human rights of groups and individuals and threats to international peace and security, legal issues under international law. From its inception, IADL members throughout the globe have protested racism, colonialism, and economic and political injustice wherever they interfere with legal and human rights, often at the cost of these jurists personal safety and economic well being.

IADL is the organizer of the People’s Academy of International Law, and is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with consultative status to ECOSOC and UNESCO.

Our Founding Dean and Scientific Committee

The People’s Academy of International Law is led by our Founding Dean, Marjorie Cohn, along with our Academy Task Force and the Scientific Committee of the People’s Academy of International Law. 

This global group of scholars, lawyers and human rights defenders is committed to producing academically excellent, anti-imperialist, meaningful legal education for use by lawyers, legal workers, law students and people’s movements.