Capacity Statement

Rationale of the ILI-ACLE’s Work

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 facilitate economic growth and successful international transactions.

Africa’s most valuable capital lies in its people. The institutions that matter, efficient governments, stable judicial systems, and functioning capital markets ,are ultimately only as effective as the people who create and manage them.

In over five decades of providing professional training and technical assistance services, the International Law Institute (ILI) has helped developing nations by training professionals in both the public and private sectors. The Institute’s mission has remained constant: to provide government officials and private executives with the knowledge to form sound policies. It also provides these professionals with the skills to lead their countries toward economic expansion and effective participation in the global economy.

Since its founding in 1955, ILI has worked to find practical solutions to the legal, economic, and financial problems of the international community. Originally chartered at Georgetown University Law Centre, ILI has been running training programs since 1971. ILI is now a non-profit, self-governing body serving a worldwide constituency of government officials, private business executives, and legal scholars in several ways. Among these include

  • Conducting intensive practical seminars
  • Publishing books and reports dealing with public and private international law as well as foreign legal systems
  • Organising conferences and symposia on the vital legal, economic, and financial issues confronting the international community.


Currently, ILI has four regional offices located in Kampala, Abuja, Cairo, and Santiago. It has devised plans to establish additional offices in the coming years in Jakarta, Dubai,New Delhi, and Beijing. Through its various centres, ILI now has the increased capacity to offer customized professional services in capacity building and technical assistance using a unique blend of both localized and international service providers and expertise to a full range of clients, including domestic, regional and international organizations.

This unique method of providing internationally renowned professional services through regional organs has helped ILI to distinguish itself from its competitors and ensure the future sustainability of the programs in which it is involved.