INTERNATIONAL SENIOR LAWYERS PROJECT

Innovative approaches to complex development related challenges.

aka ISLP   |   New York, NY   |  https://islp.org

Mission

ISLP provides pro bono legal assistance to governments and civil society organizations in developing countries, leveraging global legal resources in alignment with client needs to support just, accountable, and inclusive development.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Sara Lulo

Main address

207 West 25th , 6th Floor

New York, NY 10001 USA

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Formerly known as

International Senior Lawyers Corporation

EIN

52-2241212

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advancement of Just, Accountable and Inclusive Development

ISLP works to advance just, accountable and inclusive development around the world through the strategic mobilization of high-level legal expertise. Operating on an attorney-client basis, ISLP empowers low-income country governments and civil society organizations with regard to regulatory, contractual, investment, tax, and other structures typically required within the context of large-scale development, bringing decades of experience and expertise to help find solutions to complex issues.

ISLP seeks to level the playing field between low-income country governments, CSOs, and marginalized communities on the one hand, and multinational corporations and international investors on the other hand, through the mobilization of its network of senior corporate lawyers who are helping to build transparent and accountable legal and regulatory frameworks around the world.

ISLP finds positive, proactive solutions to development challenges. From its growing program of work focused on social impact and the structuring of investment vehicles to bolster the work of social enterprises, to advising governments with regard to tax competition, base erosion and profit sharing, ISLP aligns with client needs to deliver results that are just, accountable and inclusive.

ISLP’s six Focus Areas support program work in Natural Resource Management, Community-Inclusive Development, Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Investment, Trade & Tax, Economic & Social Development, and Civil Society Space, offering holistically integrated solutions to the most pressing development challenges.

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Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Advancement of Just, Accountable and Inclusive Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric is the total number of matters ISLP engaged in for the year. In 2020, ISLP engaged in fewer projects but provided a greater number of pro bono hours, representing deeper engagements.

Hours of legal assistance offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Advancement of Just, Accountable and Inclusive Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric captures volume of pro bono hours provided by ISLP's lawyers

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ISLP seeks to make development more just, accountable, and inclusive around the world.

ISLP identifies appropriate client organizations – primarily low-income country governments or civil society organizations – whose work and goals align with ISLP's mission and who would benefit from the support experienced and specialized international lawyers. It then mobilizes carefully recruited volunteer lawyers to advise these clients on the relevant contractual, regulatory, financial, tax, or other matters so that the clients can better understand their options. The clients bring the local expertise and retain ownership of their work and decision-making.

ISLP has access to lawyers who are experts in their field and who provide their services on a pro bono basis. We also have a professional staff who have the skills and understanding to effectively identify projects, clients, and pro bono lawyers, as well as to guide projects from start to finish.

Importantly, ISLP's staff analyze lessons learned and help develop and test strategies that can be used in other contexts.

ISLP has helped several countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia better manage their natural resources through the renegotiation of resource contracts and the strengthening of legal and regulatory regimes. We have also built the skills of local lawyers, government officials, and civil society representatives to handle key corruption, development, or commercial matters within their countries.

In the future, ISLP hopes to develop and share new strategies for ensuring that multi-national corporations operate in a rights-respective and community-inclusive manner in low-income countries.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INTERNATIONAL SENIOR LAWYERS PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 06/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Bruce Gilchrist

Hogan Lovells

Term: 2021 - 2024

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2022

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Leadership

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/08/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.