Defending Civil Society
This compilation focuses on measures that constrain civil society, civic space, and philanthropy around the world.
Defending Civil Society, Second edition
This is the second edition of the Defending Civil Society report previously endorsed by Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Vaclav Havel, and other notables. It provides illustrative examples of the legal barriers used to constrain civic space and articulates international legal principles to protect civil society.
Defending Civil Society Toolkit: Tips for Engaging in NGO Law Reforms
This Toolkit is an online resource that provides tips, tools and strategies to help activists around the world advocate for the enabling environment for civil society in their countries.
Investment Treaty Protection of Not-for-Profit Organizations
In this paper, two internationally-renowned experts analyze the protections that civil society organizations receive under international investment treaties.
Safeguarding Civil Society in Politically Complex Environments
This article, from ICNL's quarterly journal The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, examines strategies and tools to protect civil society and freedom of association in politically complex environments.
UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Freedom of Assembly and Association
On September 30, 2010, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution creating a Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association. Read the resolution. Read the interview with ICNL's President on the process leading to the Resolution.
Legal Framework for Global Philanthropy: Barriers and Opportunities
Authored by ICNL and commissioned by the Council on Foundations, this report surveys legal barriers to cross-border philanthropy and potential options to address these barriers.
Global Philanthropy in a Time of Crisis
Drawn from the second issue of Global Trends, this report examines legal developments affecting global philanthropy and foreign assistance.
Barred from the Debate: Restrictions on NGO Public Policy Activities
The Role of Legal Reform in Supporting Civil Society
This primer, commissioned by UNDP and authored by ICNL, provides (1) an introductory overview of the legal environment for civil society, and (2) a general orientation to international actors interested in promoting a more conducive environment for civil society. ( | Français | Español)
Global Trends in NGO Law: 2007 - 2009
The inaugural issue of Global Trends provides an overview of five major themes that have emerged with respect to laws affecting NGOs proposed or enacted from 2007 - 2009.
"The Associational Counter-Revolution" (from @lliance Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 3)
This 2006 article written by ICNL's President and Vice President summarizes the actions undertaken by countries around the world to constrain civil society.