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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 and human rights advocates 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.

Register Now: Seminar A, The Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment

Register Now for Seminar A of the People’s Academy of International Law: The Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment on Thursday, March 7.

Faculty for Seminar A:

  • Richard Harvey, legal counsel for campaigns at Greenpeace International
  • Mametlwe Sebei, lecturer in Department of Jurisprudence at University of South Africa
  • Martha Schmidt, co-chair of Human Rights Framework Project of the National Lawyers Guild

Videos now online: Course 2B

The videos for Course 2B , UN Organs, Their Respective Roles and Competencies & Supporting People’s Struggles, conducted on February 22, are now online, featuring faculty:

  • Kojo Koram, lecturer at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.
  • Nadia B. Ahmad, associate professor at Barry University School of Law.
  • Dr. Dinorah La Luz, member of Advisory Council and Executive Committee of the American Association of Jurists.
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Launch Video | People's Academy of International Law

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.