International law in the service of common humanity

Who we are

 INTLawyers.org  is an association created in Geneva, Switzerland under Swiss law (Art. 60, et al, of the Swiss Civil Code) as a non-profit, non-governmental organization that has the goal of promoting global justice. We work on concerns, among others, of human rights, development, the rights of peoples, self-determination, peace, climate change, environmental justice, UN reform, Mother Earth rights, and to achieve an equitable international order.

A voice for global justice

 INTLawyers  is premised on the belief that every individual and all peoples deserve respect for their fundamental rights under international law. This is true no matter where one lives or who one is.
We work to realize this belief by making representations in political forums, providing trainings and presentations, producing publications, bringing cases on behalf of individuals and peoples, advising governments, and by participating in global forums as a voice for global justice. Our work is guided by the principles of international law.
What is INTLawyers?Who are INTLawyers?What can I do?
 INTLawyers  is a non-governmental organization (NGO). This means we are independent from the control of any State, although we respect all States and operate within the laws of the country of Switzerland. We receive funding from any source — government or private — under the condition that no State or person may influence our activities in a manner inconsistent with our Statutes. Read more
We are made up of young people, and a few not so young people, who are committed to helping improve our world by working for a more equally developed world where we all can live in peace with each other and with Mother Earth as well as in a world where basic human rights are respected. Read more
 INTLawyers  always welcomes volunteers and project ideas. If you are interested in volunteering or have a good idea that you want to share with others internationally, contact us through our Contact page. You can also join  INTLawyers , but the General Assembly of the organization has to agree on your membership. Read more

Areas of activity

EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT A conditio sine qua non for a world where people are treated with due respect and humanity starts with equitable development. This means that everyone, everywhere has a chance to live a life of human dignity without some few people disproportionately exploiting their environment and other people. Read more
HUMAN RIGHTS INTLawyers strives to contribute to promoting, developing and ensuring human rights. It does so by participating in global human rights processes and voicing opinions that reflect fair-mindedness, equal treatment, and respect for all peoples. Read more
CLIMATE CHANGE Climate change is one of the most important man-made occurrences confronting everyone in the world, especially people of the global South. Expert legal advice to governments, peoples, and non-governmental actors is crucial to being able to deal with this global problem. Read more
PRISONERS Prisoners are among the most vulnerable people in society as they are under the almost complete control of the State authorities. We will take action on cases of arbitrary detention, unfair trial, inhumane or degrading treatment, torture, inadequate medical care, inadequate living conditions, or other types of abuses against prisoners. Read more
REFUGEES We consider the situation of refugees and cooperate with other lawyers and refugee associations on the protection of refugees around the world. Refugees seekers are among the most vulnerable people in the world because they have fled their country because of a well-founded fear of persecution or other serious reasons. Read more
VICTIMS OF WAR We have frequently intervened on behalf of victims of war in Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Panama, Afghanistan, Somalia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Libya, and elsewhere. We remain willing and ready to assist all victims of war. Read more
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Indigenous Peoples are those who come from a particular country or region. Often they are in a minority or in vulnerable positions because of lack of opportunities equal to those of other groups in the population. They are sometimes oppressed by governments that refuse to recognize their cultural, social, economic, political, or civil rights. Read more
THE RIGHT TO HEALTH INTLawyers has been working with partners that include Nord-Sud XXI, the Peoples' Health Movement and the NGO Forum for Health to encourage the World Health Organization's main plenary body, the World Health Assembly, to adopt a resolution on the right to health for the first time in its 65 year history. Read more
We also welcome your suggestions and you can provide us information about situations - individual cases or groups - that involve human rights and/or development issues that you think we should be concerned with us via our Contact page.

Recent news

  • Ramsey Clark:

    Ramsey Clark is one of the most respected and acclaimed lawyers in the United States in past fifty years. He served as the 66th United States Attorney-General from 1967 to 1969 (Minister of Justice) and in 2008 he was awarded the prestigious United Nations Human Rights Prize for his lifelong commitment to the struggle to ensure […]

  • Gaza tests our humanity:

    The Palestinian people in Gaza live under some of the most inhumane conditions of any people on earth. On a daily basis Palestinians in Gaza—women, children, students, fishermen, policemen who are trying to protect civilians—are subjected to assaults on their dignity and their lives. These assaults are not new or unusual, but have been part […]


    International-Lawyers.org welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the handing of toxic wastes and its particular harmful effect on children. Indeed children are the most effected by the uncontrolled disposal of toxic wastes, often in developing countries. There is an urgent need to end the dumping of toxic wastes in developing countries, particularly in […]

  • Intlawyers at 71st UNGA calling for protection of climate change refugees.:

    International-Lawyers.Org is attending the UN Summit on Refugees & Migrants with a call for the protection of climate change refugees or persons in need of international protection due to the adverse effects of climate change. Lobbying senior State delegates to ensure the protection of climate change refugees, INTLawyers met with senior political leaders and provided […]

  • Intlawyers joins special rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures in calling for icj advisory opinion.:

    International-Lawyers.Org (INTLAWYERS) joined the Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the  unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Mr. Idriss Jazairy, in calling for the General Assembly to request an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the legality of unilateral coercive measures. INTLAWYERS also expressed its […]

  • Intlawyers welcomes the report of the special rapporteur on water and calls on working group on arbitrary detention to take more effective action.:

    International-Lawyers.Org (INTLAWYERS) welcomed the report of the Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr. Léo Heller. INTLAWYERS particularly expressed its appreciation for the Special Rapporteur’s report that highlighted the special vulnerability of women. INTLAWYERS also requested the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention consider extending its […]

  • 23 July 2015:

    Grant of UN consultative status to international-lawyers.org by ECOSOC Decision 1

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  • 13 July 2015:

    INTLawyers statement at the closing of the United Nations’ Third International Financing for Development Conference Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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  • 8 July 2015:

    Letter from Civil Society Regarding Future Agenda of the WTO Negotiations

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  • 5 July 2015:

    Joint written statement submitted by the Franciscans International, Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches, et al: “Human Rights and Climate Change”

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  • 11 June 2015:

    Letter to Zaid Aziz from Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann

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  • 3 March 2015:

    “Where Does a Road to Nowhere Begin: the Climate Talks at ADP2.8 Geneva”

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  • 5 February 2015:

    Statement by International-Lawyers.Org to the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right of Peasants and Rural Workers Comments on articles 24 to 30

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  • 5 February 2015:

    Statement by International-Lawyers.Org to the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right of Peasants and Rural Workers Comments on articles 19 to 23 (6th meeting 2nd Session)

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  • 4 February 2015:

    Statement by International-Lawyers.Org to the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right of Peasants and Rural Workers Comments on articles 15 to 18

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  • 3 February 2015:

    Statement by International-Lawyers.Org to the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right of Peasants and Rural Workers

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  • 3 February 2015:

    Statement by International-Lawyers.Org to the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right of Peasants and Rural Workers

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Calling for Responsible Action on Climate Change
  • Selected Writings on Climate Justice - 2013 Read more
  • Dr Curtis F J Doebbler, "International Law Matters to Climate Change" Read more
  • Climate Change and Human Rights - November 2013 Read more
  • REDD is not a Solution for Climate Change - November 2013 Read more
  • Loss and Damage: Ensuring its Integrity - November 2013 Read more
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