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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.

Videos now online for Course 4B: The Criminalization of Rights and Human Rights Defenders as a Means of Repression (Part 2)

The videos for Course 4B of the People’s Academy of International Law: The Criminalization of Rights and Human Rights Defenders as a Means of Repression on Thursday, June 6, are now online. Watch them on the course page!

Faculty for Course 4B:

  • Galo Chiriboga Zambrano, Attorney General of Ecuador during the Correa administration (2007-2017)

  • Natali Segovia, Quechua, Executive Director and Senior Attorney, Water Protector Legal Collective and international human rights lawyer 

  • Kyung-uk Jang, South Korean human rights lawyer who has defended numerous cases alleging violation of the National Security Act

  • Jeffrey Frank, Co-chair, International Committee of National Lawyers Guild; national coordinator of the Friends of the MST (Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement)

The program was moderated by Marjorie Cohn, Dean of the People’s Academy of International Law.

Videos now online: Course 4A - The Criminalization of Rights and Human Rights Defenders as a Means of Repression (Part 1)

The videos for Course 4A of the People’s Academy of International Law: The Criminalization of Rights and Human Rights Defenders as a Means of Repression on Thursday, May 23, are now online. Watch them on the course page! 

Faculty for Course 4A:

  • Edre U. Olalia, chairperson, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, Philippines; Transitional President, International Association of Democratic Lawyers

  • Ş. Ceren Uysal, executive board member, Progressive Lawyers Association of Turkey; co-secretary general, European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights

  • Maria LaHood, Deputy Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York; founding board member, Palestine Legal

  • Steven Donziger, lawyer and climate activist; helped Amazon communities in Ecuador win $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron (largest environmental judgment in history)

The program was moderated by Marjorie Cohn, Dean of the People’s Academy of International Law.

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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.