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Global Forum 2011

Stockholm, Sweden | August 21-23, 2011

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About the Forum

The Global Forum on Civil Society Law is the only global event that focuses exclusively on the legal environment for civil society. This invitation-only conference brought together representatives of civil society, governments, multilateral institutions, and the donor community. The Global Forum 2011 provided space for participants to build skills, compare experience, and strengthen links with colleagues working on the framework for civil society around the world.

Participants at the Global Forum 2011 explored a diverse range of issues they helped prioritize. Illustrative topics included information and communication technology (ICT) and its connection to the freedoms of assembly, association and expression; the legal framework for philanthropy; strategies to engage governments and legislatures on civil society law reform; counter-terrorism and civil society law; public-private partnerships with civil society; and aid effectiveness.

The Global Forum aimed to:

Support sharing of experience and expertise on emerging legal issues affecting civil society;
Foster participants' skills on issues related to civil society law and advocacy;
Promote dialogue regarding best practices on civil society law; and  
Facilitate networking and provide a forum for in depth discussions.

The Global Forum was convened by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). Principal sponsors included the Swedish International Development Agency, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Ford Foundation. For more information please view our Conference Partners.

For descriptions of the sessions, please visit our Forum Sessions page.

For more information, please review our frequently asked questions.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Global Forum on Civil Society Law and learn from highly respected and experienced experts. All the topics discussed at the Forum were pertinent to my work and have contributed to my knowledge."
Participant, Global Forum 2005