Our Work | The development of legal infrastructure in Africa

In 1997, building on ILI Washington’s 42 years experience, we established the International Law Institute Uganda dedicated to providing affordable and high-level post-professional education to public and private sector officials in Uganda in the areas of law, governance, finance and project management to equip these professionals with practical tools to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and compete effectively with other professionals across the globe. The relevance of this approach was quickly recognised, and over the years, we have drawn public and private sector professionals and institutions from across countries in Africa and the rest of the world as participants, faculty and consultants.

Today, the International Law Institute -African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE) has worked with numerous partners such as Democratic Governance Facility, Danida, the Danida Fellowship Centre, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the World Bank, Case Western Reserve University and the Open Society Initiative for East Africa, in areas including access to justice, judicial restructuring and support, promoting government integrity, international criminal law, conflict transformation, public sector leadership, regional integration, among many others.

We have benefitted from our position in the region where we have drawn lessons and best practices from the numerous initiatives and experiences that have taken place on the African continent the past 20 years and contributed to its notable and exciting growth. Our training programmes and activities have expanded from Uganda to strategic locations across Africa, the Middle East, South-East Asia, the US and many other regions of the world. We apply this regional and international experience to continue to work to develop opportunities for more diverse, practical and sustained initiatives and capacity building efforts for legal practitioners and professionals, as well as other professionals. We strive to remain relevant and ready to meet the region’s evolving needs.

Capacity Statement

In the fast-moving global economy of the 21st century, those nations, companies, and individuals that will succeed must grasp the patterns of world commerce, financial transactions, and communications; and master the skills to thrive within them. Africa must build at home to compete abroad, but change does not just “happen.”

In many African nations, the infrastructure for successful development and participation in the world economy must be created. All too often, developing nations lack the financial institutions, trained professionals, and stable legal systems that enable economic growth and successful international transactions to occur.
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