Advocates for International Development, facilitates free legal assistance to civil society, developing country governments, social enterprise and bar associations to help achieve the UN MDGs

Advocates for International Development

Connecting lawyers to provide access to justice for the developing world


Please note: A comprehensive Pack for organisations and developing country governments that are or are considering becoming Development Partners can be downloaded below.


  • Overview
  • Our standards
  • How we can help
  • Example areas of expertise
  • Type of support available
  • Becoming a Development Partner
  • How it works in practice




A4ID has access to over 18,000 lawyers from leading international law firms across the world. We facilitate the provision of high-quality pro bono legal advice and assistance to NGOs, IGOs, not-for-profits,
developing country governments, bar associations and Law Societies,
social enterprises and social entrepreneurs working to further the
United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.


Our standards


We engage with lawyers who have a wide range of different skills and expertise. All the work we resource meets the highest quality standards and is done on a pro bono basis. 
All work carried out through A4ID is treated with the same priority as
paid work: it is properly resourced and supervised, with the right mix
of skills and seniority to manage and complete the work to deadline and
to our Development Partners' satisfaction.


How we can help


To fall within our remit, all advice and assistance must further the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Examples of areas of our work can be found below.
Where requests fall outside of these criteria, we will do our best to
source advice with other pro bono organisations such as the Attorney
General's ProBono Committee. Where a request relates to issues of UK
focus, organisations such as LawWorks (
and the Bar Pro Bono Unit ( are best placed to


Example Areas of Expertise

A4ID is not limited to particular areas of law, but some of the areas in which lawyers have assisted include:

  • Access to Water
  • Child Rights
  • Competition Regulation
  • Contractual Arrangements
  • Corporate Governancs
  • Economic Partnership Agreements
  • Education Rights
  • Fair Trade
  • Girls' Rights
  • Governance of International Institutions
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Investment
  • Labour Conditions
  • Land Rights
  • Legal Training
  • Microfinance
  • Rule of Law
  • Sovereign Debt
  • Tax Relief on Remittances
  • Women's Rights

Type of support available


Support can be given in innumerable ways. These include:

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements to ensure equality of arms and protection of rights
  • Providing legal research and analysis into a variety of issues such as international standards, comparative legal systems and institutions and particular points of law
  • Review, commentary and drafting of proposed legislation
  • Preparing legal opinions to inform policy work and reporting
  • Supporting dispute resolution
  • Advice and assistance in relation to a wide range of areas of law - from labour, women and childs' rights to trade, finance, real estate and commercial legal issues

In addition to facilitating the provision of legal expertise, A4ID is always keen to support the planning of policies and research projects.
Should you require input from lawyers as you formulate your policy
programmes or from legal academics into your research initiatives,
please let us know.


A4ID can also provide in-country legal training of lawyers and community groups where there is need for external support. For further details, please contact


If you are not sure how lawyers could assist your organisation, you may wish to read the part of the Development Partners Pack (see below) entitled
'What are my organisation's legal needs?'.


Becoming a Development Partner


If you would like to become a Development Partner, please contact Elisabeth Baraka at  


As part of our due diligence process you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Aims & Objectives of your organisation/group/department
  • Details of how your work contributes to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals
  • Details of your governance structure
  • A copy of your latest Annual Report and last audited accounts if applicable
  • A copy of your strategic plan
  • Details of how you are funded
  • Details of your Trustees/Board members if applicable

How it works in practice


Where Development Partners require assistance, we ask them to complete a standard 'Project' form (a copy of which can be downloaded below) which gives a summary of the
assistance required.


Summaries of requests for assistance are circulated to our network of lawyers every Monday. Before lawyers are able to confirm whether or not they can assist, they must
carry out conflict checks to ensure that any support provided is
completely independent. This can take up to a week. More details about
the process and timing of circulating and allocating projects, and the
issues you need to consider, can be found in the Development Partners
Pack (see below).


Key points to be included in each summary form are as follows:



  • A short description of your organisation/department.
  • The background to the request in question - why is the legal advice/assistance required and how will this further the UN Millennium
    Development Goals?

Description of Work

  • What type of assistance do you require? e.g. legal opinion, legal research, drafting, negotiation etc.

Use of Material/Advice

  • How will you use the support provided? e.g. to support internal know-how, to help your negotiations with partner organisations etc.


  • The names of all parties involved including companies, governments and civil society organisations.
  • It is very important that all parties are detailed to allow lawyers to run conflict checks.


  • Please be realistic with your deadline and give as much notice as possible. The more time allowed, the greater the chance of A4ID being able to find a
    lawyer for you.
  • Where possible, A4ID recommends 3-4 weeks notice before work is due to commence.

Legal Team

  • What type of lawyer do you require? e.g. commercial practitioner, litigator etc.
  • A4ID can help to complete this section

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