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A comprehensive guide on the right of peaceful assembly including what defines peaceful assembly, when is considered peaceful, states...

To get a full picture of how COVID-19 measures have impacted civil society in the Asia-Pacific region, ICNL conducted...

The Registration Brochure for Associations in Afghanistan helps those seeking to establish and register an association in Afghanistan to...

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is both sweeping and vague. Recently, there have been many attempts by Congress...

This report written by Samhita in partnership with ICNL, reviews the social stock exchanges of Brazil, Portugal, South Africa,...

This Portuguese language report investigates the legal barriers to organization and representation of indigenous peoples in Brazil today.

Malawi's 2020 Non-Governmental Organizations Amendment Bill still contains problematic provisions for NGOs and citizens to exercise their fundamental freedoms.

In this Just Security article, Nicholas Miller and Jordan Street argue an updated UN approach to counterterrorism should reflect...

This analysis provides an overview of the Myanmar military “Tatmadaw” orders aimed at suppressing communication and civil society resistance...

This analysis examines the international law of peaceful assembly, and expression protections for Myanmar's civil disobedience movement to the...

While disinformation is not a new problem, the digital age has created new threats. This ICNL policy prospectus examines...

In Myanmar, the military’s actions in early February 2021, including a recently proposed draft cyber security law, threaten fundamental...

The COVID-19 epidemic has necessitated a shift to remote operations across society, from workplaces to schools to holiday celebrations,...

ECNL paper on government restrictions that restrain activists/groups from participating in decision-making processes on climate and environmental issues.

This ICNL Spanish-language publication is based on survey responses submitted by 729 NPO sector representatives from 17 participating countries....

This ECNL factsheet covers how the protection granted by international human rights standards to protests in public spaces also...

ICNL's Protest Law Tracker has identified an ongoing wave of anti-protest legislation targeting racial justice demonstrations and Black Lives...

The Operational Guidelines for Associations in Afghanistan provides an overview of the rights and obligations of associations under the...

This database from the Carter Center outlines state obligations to protect the freedom of expression during elections.

Latin American and Caribbean country's legal responses to the COVID-19 and the impacts on freedom of association, peaceful assembly,...

This Pachamama Foundation report assesses the laws and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Amazonian regions of Ecuador...

The International Center for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL) remains deeply concerned about the continued detention of Nicholas Opiyo, the executive...

Responding to Covid-19, ICNLand partners tracked the impact of government responses, analyzed trends, informed the public, and supported partners.

ICNL partnered with the Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) at Stanford University to host the first-ever Tech Camp for...

ICNL and the East Africa Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF), joined local partners to launch the Protection of Civic...

ICNL organized the International Workshop on Teaching Nonprofit Law to address civic space issues and education in Central Asia.

This year, the UN Human Rights Committee issued General Comment No. 37 to provide guidance on the right to...

ICNL lead a coalition of groups working to protect the freedom of assembly in the US in response to...

December 18, 20202019-2020 Annual Report

In our 2019-2020 annual report, we highlight how ICNL and our partners have worked to keep civic space healthy during...

This report series, researched and written by the Centre for Internet and Society with support from ICNL, undertakes an...

This ICNL report examines the issue of how terrorism financing laws impact the nonprofit sector in Tunisia.

This ICNL analysis examines the impact of anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing on the nonprofit sector in the Middle...

This ICNL analysis examines the impacts of government COVID-19 responses on migrants' civic freedoms in the Middle East and...

This analysis provides an overview of the legislative dilemma of addressing disinformation and fake news while protecting civic freedom...

This legal analysis examines regulations relating to electronic fundraising tools available to Tajik Civil Society Organizations.

President-elect Joe Biden has made revitalizing democracy at home and abroad central to plans for his new administration. This...

Overview dedicated to legislation and implementation practices relating to online consultations on legislation between governments and civil society.

This ECNL factsheet on protests taking place in the online space and how international human rights standards, including General...

This report from the Carnegie Endowment includes findings and key recommendations for NGOs, grassroots groups, and donors to understand...

In the face of a potentially contested 2020 US election, there are concerns that authorities will infringe First Amendment...

In September of 2020, ICNL LLC's Jordan team held a webinar called “Challenges and Prospects of the Role of...

Uganda's recent Stage Play and Public Entertainment Rules threaten to stifle the creative arts by limiting artistic expression. This...

This index reports the strength and overall viability of civil society organization sectors in more than 70 countries based...

On October 7, 2020, ICNL, BHRRC, and Greenpeace International hosted a webinar to hear accounts from activists who have...

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Darla Mecham on October 8, 2020. Darla...

In Kyrgyzstan, civil society organizations have several options for digital fundraising, including websites, SMS, crowdfunding platforms, e-wallets, and electronic...

This page provides information on Middle Eastern and North African government responses to the coronavirus, using information from the...

Se invita a organizaciones sin fines de lucro (OSFL) en los países miembros del GAFILAT, más El Salvador, a...

This tool offers detailed guidance for civil society organizations on using General Comment 37 to help advance freedom of...

This piece, written for InterAction and based on an in-depth ICNL analysis on the issue, discusses how the pandemic...

New technologies and internet resources provide civil society organizations with numerous opportunities for fundraising. In Kazakhstan, 84.2% of the...

In response to nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, law enforcement has used...

This Radio Free Asia article discusses the findings from the 4th Fundamental Freedoms Monitoring Project (FFMP).

The UN Human Rights Committee has adopted pivotal new guidance on the right of peaceful assembly. On July 27,...

The passage of Hong Kong’s new National Security Law threatens to upend civic freedoms and usher in a new...

In this report, ICNL presents the first cross-regional survey of SLAPPs in the Global South, along with the first...

These comments address ‘The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020’ (the Act) of the Philippines, highlighting the potential impact on the...

This ICNL article examines the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the civic freedoms of migrants and groups...

In the wake of complaints about law enforcement’s response to the George Floyd protests, local, state, and the federal...

The Advocacy in Restricted Spaces toolkit is a practical resource that emphasizes that advocacy is possible even in highly...

This report provides a thematic study on the right to freedom of association of migrants, in which the Special...

In response to nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, law enforcement officials have frequently used so-called “less...

This page provides information on Asian and Pacific government responses to the coronavirus, using information from the COVID-19 Civic...

This briefer, presented by ICNL and ECNL, outlines some of the common legal and extralegal measures used to target...

Protests have spread across major U.S. cities over police violence against people of color, sparked by the killing of...

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a parallel crisis for civic space. Many of the emergency laws and other extraordinary...

The COVID-19 pandemic does not have to be a crisis for human rights. In the context of widespread adoption...

This report assesses opportunities and obstacles in charitable donations of virtual currencies. It aims to bring civil society organizations,...

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the United States has seen numerous protests, albeit at a relatively small scale. However,...

A statement by UN Special Rapporteurs regarding India's Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act 2019 (the amended Act) and to...

The Fundraising Principles report provides a global overview of current trends in fundraising regulation and self-regulation. Additionally, it offers...

In this report, the UNSR on Freedom of Expression registers alarm that some efforts to combat the coronavirus disease...

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has put together COVID-19 resource hub and open forum for partners to share the...

On April 1, 2020, ICNL hosted Regional Virtual Round Tables for civil society partners in Latin America and the...

Driven by a desire to protect the health and wellbeing of their citizens and residents, many governments have taken...

On November 15, 2019, the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act (the Act), which repeals and replaces the Public...

Made up of more than 40 countries, Asia defies easy categorization. On the one hand, many countries are home...

UNSR Clément Voule issued ten key principles to guide states' response to a public health crisis. A checklist and...

Face masks are in the news. The CDC now recommends that Americans wear face masks to reduce transmission of...

This database tracks case law, constitutions, and international instruments from around the world that deal with the Right to...

This page provides information on African government responses to the coronavirus, using information from the COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker.

The Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) is maintaining a list of the current elections schedule and plans...

This post from Peace Research Institute Frankfurt discusses why it is crucial to monitor how restrictions are implemented to...

Access Now’s recommendations focus on three categories of measures seen around the world: collection and use of health data,...

This New York Times article looks at leaders around the world who have passed emergency decrees and legislation expanding...

The United States is in the midst of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. All 50 states, as well as the...

Across the country, communities are gathering at rallies and marches to express concerns about pipelines’ impact on the environment,...

The COVID-19 response is currently an all-consuming effort for governments and people in countries around the world. In this...

In this piece for the Center for Global Development, ICNL Alliance Advisory Council Member Michael Pisa discusses how the...

Amnesty International’s preliminary observation report examines the human rights concerns and challenges that often emerge in epidemic responses, with...

In an article for Just Security, ICNL President Douglas Rutzen and Legal Advisor Nikhil Dutta discuss government overreach during...

ECNL Senior Legal Advisor Marta Achler's piece discusses why the internet and the online spaces are a 'lifeline' for...

The coronavirus is a significant threat to public health; it does not need to be a significant threat to...

The legal environment for civil society organizations in Bangladesh is complex. After conducting a needs assessment, ICNL found that...

This briefing explores key trends in philanthropy and their possible impact on civic space. It is one in a...

This briefing explores the trends in emerging digital technology most likely to shape civic space, and opportunities for civil...

This briefing explores how states’ responses to the climate crisis over the next two decades will affect civic space...

This briefing paper addresses the proliferation of new institutions and the “soft” law standards they produce, with particular emphasis...

In this issue of the Civic Freedom Digest, ICNL highlights some of the key challenges and opportunities for civic...

This manual lays out the laws and procedures required for an organization to obtain legal status, serving as a...

From February 4 - 6, 2020, ICNL's Sub-Saharan Africa team facilitated a three-day consultative meeting in Banjul-The Gambia to...

This report provides a detailed overview of the legal framework for association in Central Asia, focusing on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,...

In 2018, the Government of Nepal presented a draft National Integrity Policy. The policy, if adopted, would have restricted...

Cybercrime laws, internet shutdowns, and social media taxes are a few tactics governments use to restrict fundamental freedoms online.

December 19, 20192018-2019 Annual Report

Our 2018-2019 annual report aims to highlight the progress civil society is making to counter restrictions and expand civic...

December 10, 2019India Philanthropy Law

Indian culture places great emphasis on Daana (giving). The ancient philosophy of Nishkama Karma – “do good without the...

December 10, 2019China Philanthropy Law

ICNL’s China Philanthropy Law Report explores the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy.

ICNL started the U.S. Protest Law Tracker in 2017 to monitor a wave of anti-protest legislation that undermines people’s...

In October of 2017, months before Cambodia’s national elections, the government released a new rule requiring prior permission from...

December 2, 2019Rapid Response in Jordan

In October 2018, the Government of Jordan proposed restrictive amendments to their already draconian cybercrimes law.

In 2015, Peru introduced a requirement to renew the registration for organizations that received international funding.

The adoption of the new Organizations of Civil Societies Proclamation in February 2019 marked a major turning point for...

In this inaugural publication of the Civic Freedom Digest, ICNL highlights some of the key challenges that digital technologies...

This legislative briefer focuses on how critical infrastructure bills can undermine protesters’ right to peaceful assembly by creating draconian...

Environmental groups are known for their fight against climate change, but the battle over their activism has moved indoors...

In the past several years, activists who are part of the BDS movement have called for boycotts, divestment, and...

Global Witness's annual report on the killings of land and environmental defenders documents the many ways defenders are being...

This handbook builds an understanding of the legal and policy framework affecting the daily work of media and other...

On July 15, 2019, Egypt’s Parliament approved a new draft law on civil society organizations (CSOs). (The draft law...

General Comments are an important standard setting instrument and a powerful advocacy tool for the rights enshrined in the...

In this 2019 report, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association,...

This report from the Consortium for Financial Access discusses how security-focused regulation of the financial sector has resulted in...

On June 12, 2019, UN Special Rapporteur Clement Voule issued a report (A/HRC/41/41) on the rights to freedom of...

Civil society space has shrunk dramatically since 2001, with civil society actors increasingly finding themselves stigmatized, discriminated against and...

This report compares the regulation of nonprofits in India to the regulation of for-profit enterprises. It explores whether reform...

This report, written by Noshir H. Dadrawala for ICNL’s India nonprofit law reform workshops in December 2018, provides a detailed analysis of...

Civil society in India is noted for its vibrancy and innovation. However, India’s legal framework undercuts the sector in...

How do you have to plan and prepare to monitor an assembly? What do you need to observe when...

Social media has become a vital tool for free expression around the world. Recognizing this growth, a number of...

This document contains the updated tier classification, based on changes made by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the...

The Fundamental Freedoms Monitoring Project, which began in 2016, examines and evaluates the extent to which the freedoms of...

Universities and other institutions of higher education around the world face increasing legislative, regulatory, and administrative limitations on their...

The UN Human Rights Committee recently announced that it would issue a General Comment on Article 21 of the International...

Each year, the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report examines the key trends affecting civil society organizations and citizen...

in this report to the Human Rights Council, the UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, Ms. Fionnuala...

On February 21-22, 2019, ICNL, along with our partners the Civil Society Reference Group and CIPESA, convened a consultative...

February 28, 2019CSO Meter

In partnership with local experts and civil society organizations (CSOs), the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law has developed the...

The US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is a sweeping and generally underenforced public disclosure statute.

The Money Laundering Bulletin has published a piece on the abuse of charities for terrorist financing in the Middle...

In December 2018, a group of immigrant rights groups and law school human rights clinics presented the Inter-American Commission...

The right to free assembly is an indispensable element of democracy and a healthy civil society. Recent years have...

This 2019 Global Center on Cooperative Security report reviews the history and structure of the global AML/CFT regime and...

The OpenNet Initiative tracks restrictions on access to the Internet in more than forty countries worldwide.

Immediately after he was sworn into office on January 1, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro imposed sweeping changes on...

This online tool powered by the European Civic Forum gathers alerts from civil society, existing analyses, and institutional resources...

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation works with over 160 participating governments to track progress in the implementation...

January 1, 2019CIVICUS Monitor

The CIVICUS Monitor is a web platform that provides constantly-updated information and analysis on the space for civil society...

The future of democracy is entangled with artificial intelligence (AI). ICNL legal advisors, Zach Lampell and Lily Liu, wrote...

In June 2018, ICNL hosted a United States study tour for civil society representatives and government officials from Kazakhstan,...

Over the past two years, ICNL has worked with partners to conduct a landmark study of civic freedoms in...

In a February 2018 report from ICNL, we explored the impact of closing civic space on the HIV response...

After the war with ISIS in 2014, Kurdistan’s regional government began to increase restrictions on civil society organizations (CSOs)...

Fundraising campaigns, such as crowdfunding, text-to-give, and other electronic means, are increasingly popular in Eurasia.

Este documento apunta a brindar orientación sobre maneras de conducir el complejo escenario de la R8 del GAFI en...

Fundraising campaigns, such as crowdfunding, text-to-give, and other electronic means, are increasingly popular in Eurasia.

Fundraising campaigns, such as crowdfunding, text-to-give, and other electronic means, are increasingly popular in Eurasia.

Fundraising campaigns, such as crowdfunding, text-to-give, and other electronic means, are increasingly popular in Eurasia.

This toolkit unpacks anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing rules and the standards and procedures of FATF for nonprofit organizations

In Brazil, LGBT activists have long faced legal barriers that limit their right to peaceful assembly. These include local...

In June 2018, ICNL convened a group of organizations to address the growing trend of anti-protest laws being introduced...

Strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs, are a type of lawsuit that impedes the ability of civil society...

ICNL actively engages with the United Nations (UN) to enhance international norms, including the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on...

In March 2018, our partners in Sri Lanka learned that the government was planning to amend the Voluntary Social...

November 14, 20182017-2018 Annual Report

The 2017-2018 Annual Report focuses on our work in over 100 countries to safeguard and strengthen civic freedom.

This 2018 report by Access Now outlines major regulatory initiatives related to artificial intelligence and mass data regulations in...

This 2-page briefer by ECNL summarizes some of the main points of the UN Guidelines on the Right to...

These 2018 guidelines, drafted by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) after an extensive...

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law is pleased to share our latest issue of Global Trends in NGO Law.

This handbook - published by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law in partnership with ICNL, Dentons and DLA Piper...

The United States has recently witnessed a rise in demonstrations surrounding the construction of natural gas and oil pipelines,...

In August, the National Park Service proposed a rule to charge protest organizers fees for clean-up costs associated with...

On August 15, 2018, the U.S. National Park Service proposed a number of changes to the regulations governing the...

In this 2018 report to the UN General Assembly (A/73/279), UN Special Rapporteur Clément Nyaletsossi Voule examines the linkages between...

The year 2016 represents a watershed moment in the development of the legal environment for philanthropy and civil society...

The year 2016 represents a watershed moment in the development of the legal environment for philanthropy and civil society...

The year 2016 represents a watershed moment in the development of the legal environment for philanthropy and civil society...

This donut graph categorizes the 98 total philanthropic entities in the United Arab Emirates by their location.

The legal system in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) is based on the civil law system, with Islamic Shari’ah...

This donut graph categorizes the 98 total philanthropic entities in the United Arab Emirates by affiliation - government, independent...

This donut graph categorizes the 98 total philanthropic entities in the United Arab Emirates by their mission.

This interactive timeline tracks the rise of philanthropy and civil society in the United Arab Emirates since 1969.

The UAE has a federal regulator for philanthropic organizations. While this authority regulates philanthropic organizations at the federal level, such...

ICNL’s United Arab Emirates (UAE) Philanthropy Law Report explores the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy.

A wide array of laws regulate philanthropic giving in Nigeria. This infographic provides an overview of 10 key pieces...

Between 2015 and the beginning of 2017, legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives proposed five Bills whose...

This FAQ answers some of the most common questions about tax obligations for NGOs in Nigeria.

Four statutory agencies of government supervise the activities of non-governmental organizations in Nigeria. This infographic provides an overview of...

Although Nigeria does not have a formal philanthropic sector and can boast of only a few well-known philanthropists, giving...

U.S. university campuses have long been associated with student protests and free expression. In recent years, there has been...

In the United States, collective liability is increasingly applied in the context of demonstrations. This trend can lead to...

ICNL partner Welton Trindade published this groundbreaking study on the situation of the right of peaceful assembly in the...

This report presents findings from an in-depth study, supported by the United States Agency for International Development, that explored...

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to share our latest report: “The State of Civic Freedoms...

This document comprehensively defines the indicator for the “protect fundamental freedoms” component of SDG 16.10 (16.10.1 Number of verified...

This article by Alexandra Ellerbeck and Avi Asher-Shapiro in the Columbia Journalism Review examines recent moves by the US government...

This document sets out the procedures that are the basis for the fourth round of Financial Action Task Force (FATF)...

This assessment, produced by ICNL in 2018, presents Jamaica's laws - or lack thereof - that impact civil society...

Civil society and the ability to exercise civic freedoms – the freedoms of association, expression, and peaceful assembly –...

Civil society and the ability to exercise the core civic space freedoms – the freedoms of association, expression, and...

On May 9, 2018, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) testified at a hearing of the U.S. House...

This 2018 report, part of a series published by the Global Center on Cooperative Security, assesses the UN’s counterterrorism...

This report provides a global overview of the current situation of the Sustainable Development Goals, on the basis of...

This guide, authored by ICNL at the invitation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), provides official guidance to civil...

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a disclosure statute enacted in 1938, was designed to limit the influence of...

This letter to US Congress, signed by 46 humanitarian and development organizations (including ICNL) expresses concern over the government's...

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) hosted a strategic...

In this 2018 report to the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the...

India's Lokpal and Lokayukta Act 2013 is a law intended to regulate and control corruption in public institutions.

India’s unified Goods and Services Tax (GST) integrates several central and state taxes with the goal of making business...

The Indian Companies Act of 2013 makes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) compliance mandatory for any company, whether private; public;...

In India, individuals are taxed on their salaries or professional incomes. For-profit entities are taxed on their business incomes.

India’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of 2010 is a federal law enacted to regulate the acceptance and use...

Universities in the United States have long been associated with campus protest, and recent years, this tradition has been...

The Civic Space Initiative welcomes Mr. Nyaletsossi Clément Voule as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to...

“Foreign agents” are suddenly in our midst – or so it seems. Paul Manafort was indicted, in part, for failing to...

This 2018 report by the Human Security Collective and ECNL examines the phenomenon of “de-risking,” explores its linkages to...

The emergence of new surveillance technologies has raised concerns about their potential abuse by U.S. law enforcement authorities, including...

This March 2018 report by the Brookfield Institute and others provides policymakers with an overview of artificial intelligence, and...

This interactive timeline was developed by Shawn Shieh as a companion piece to our China Philanthropy Law Report.

This interactive timeline was developed by Shawn Shieh as a companion piece to our China Philanthropy Law Report.

This graph, a companion piece to our China Philanthropy Law report, tracks the growth of social organizations in China from...

This graph, a companion piece to our China Philanthropy Law report, tracks the growth of foundations in China from 2003...

This graphic, produced as a companion piece to our China Philanthropy Law Report, helps users visualize the universe of...

This interactive tool, a companion piece to our China Philanthropy Law report, helps users visualize the Chinese civil society sector.

The Law on Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizations in Mainland China is the first comprehensive law regulating...

The 2016 Charity Law is the first law to regulate domestic charitable organizations and their activities in the People’s...

UN Special Rapporteur Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's 2018 report to the Human Rights Council, which analyzes international law pertaining to state...

This report by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law and the Human Security Collective addresses how bank de-risking and financial...

Civil society advocates have helped propel the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

ICNL has just published a study that focuses on the ways in which the closing of space for civil...

The East Africa region is vibrant with civic activity driven by diverse civil society formations. However, the region has...

This briefing, released in February 2018, explores how select recent changes, or proposed changes, in laws or regulations in...

ICNL is proud to announce the release of its 2016-2017 annual report, “Building Alliances, Strengthening Freedoms.” This report highlights ICNL’s...

In this article in the Minnesota Law Review, Lloyd H. Mayer explores restrictions on cross-border funding of nonprofits and...

This paper from ECNL and Human Security Collective provides entry points for CSOs wishing to engage in the Financial...

December 15, 20172016-2017 Annual Report

Our 2016-2017 Annual Report focuses on our work with colleagues in 106 countries to improve the enabling environment for civil...

In this report, issues of legislative regulation of various sources of income for non-commercial organizations are discussed in five...

The earliest forms of civil society in Ethiopia were traditional community-based organizations including idir, iqub, and other informal self-help...

Philanthropy is important in the South African context. The African concept of ubuntu, which is founded on the principle...

The nonprofit sector in Saudi Arabia is governed by a combination of codified regulations and Shari’a, or Islamic law.

This analysis by Brazilian professor Patricia Maria Emerenciano de Mendonça looks at the history of Sector-State negotiations over Law...

December 1, 2017Qatar Philanthropy Law

Philanthropy is embedded in Qatari culture and predates the discovery of oil in the twentieth century.

Recent years have seen an increased number and intensity of protests in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership region.

December 1, 2017Kuwait Philanthropy Law

The culture of philanthropy is well rooted in Kuwaiti society. However, with the discovery of oil in the twentieth...

The United States is a longstanding democracy that prides itself on setting an international standard for the protection of...

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has officially published new guidelines on the rights to freedom...

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has officially published new guidelines on the rights to freedom...

Around the world, governments are constraining civil society and dissent. A common tactic of these governments is to enact...

The past decade has seen a number of European countries revisit their regulatory framework on not-for-profit fundraising.

ICNL has worked in the United States to protect civil society and promote philanthropy since 1992.

In this publication, the ICNL Alliance compares laws pertaining to NGOs in Azerbaijan to international standards and best practices.

On 27 September 2017, the Council of Europe’s 47 member states agreed upon comprehensive guidelines that include both overarching...

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers adopted these new Guidelines in September 2017 to broaden opportunities for civil participation in...

The Community of Democracies Governing Council Ministerial met on September 15th in Washington, D.C. The Council agreed on a...

This 2017 report by the International Federation for Human Rights describes the structure of the UN’s counterterrorism bureaucracy and...

ICNL has prepared an analysis of the Draft Laws posted to the Ukrainian Parliament's website on July 10, 2017.

In this report to the UN General Assembly (A/72/135), Special Rapporteur Annalisa Ciampi outlines her vision of the mandate...

More than 40 civil society representatives from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya gathered for a two-day strategic workshop on “Protecting...

This tool measures the health of the legal, regulatory, and financial environment in which civil society organizations in the...

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law is pleased to announce the publication of Regulating Charities: The Inside Story, edited...

This assessment examines the legal environment for civil society and the media in Nepal from May 2016 to March...

In this article, ICNL examines the legislation on the openness of activities of state organs in Uzbekistan.

This 2017 submission by ECNL to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights elaborates the scope...

ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), and the World Movement...

This series of factsheets summarizes the reports of former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful...

The guidelines examine legal mechanisms to facilitate civil society organizations and government cooperation in Morocco.

This 2017 report from Bread for the World discusses how the work of the Financial Action Task Force affects...

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Philanthropy Law Reports. Reports are...

Recent years have been marked by a global trend of shrinking civic space. In response, the United States Congress...

This 2017 report from the Duke Law International Human Rights Clinic and Women Peacemakers Program analyzes the global CT...

ICNL President Doug Rutzen has been awarded the 2017 Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) IMAGine Prize.

The past three months have seen a spike in large scale protests across the United States, accompanied by a...

This report from CIVICUS details the key events, issues, and trends affecting civil society around the world.

January 17, 20172015-2016 Annual Report

ICNL's 2015-2016 Annual Report outlines our work over the past year to confront the challenges facing civic freedoms around the...

ICNL is pleased to announce the release of our 2015-2016 annual report, "Protecting Civic Freedom." From Cambodia to Morocco,...

This follow-up publication to the joint report on the proper management of assemblies by Special Rapporteurs Maina Kiai and...

This report, published by MG Consulting, outlines the key income regulations and sources of funding for Azerbaijani NGOs.

Fundraising is an essential component for CSO sustainability. It helps to build closer connections between CSOs and community, and...

The Enabling Environment National Assessment (EENA) is an action-oriented research tool designed to assess the legal, regulatory and policy...

This report provides the results of the second global monitoring exercise by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation...

This follow-up publication to the joint report on the proper management of assemblies by Special Rapporteurs Maina Kiai and...

This paper summarizes the outcomes of the September 2016 workshop on the effective implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) ...

The new global economic order has had a profound impact on workers’ ability to exercise their rights to freedom...

This report by the Helsinki Committee of Armenia provides an overview of the events that occurred in the Republic...

This Armenian Weekly article discusses excessive use of police force during protests in Armenia in July 2016.

Percentage designation mechanisms allow people to designate a certain percentage of their income tax to be paid to CSOs and...

In late 2015, Montenegro saw a wave of protests that aimed to boycott Parliament and demand the resignation of the...

This report from the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) collects various firsthand examples of targeted advocacy to defend...

This report launched by the UN Secretary-General in July 2016 provides more detail on the status of the Sustainable...

To bring attention to restrictions on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in South Korea, Amnesty International organized...

This series of reports was prepared as part of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law's pilot research to monitor legal...

A list of key monitoring indicators published by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in...

There has been relatively little public or congressional debate within the United States about the NSA’s overseas surveillance operations,...

This first annual report issued by the UN Secretary General in June 2016 provides an overview of the status...

In recent years, Montenegro has seen social polarization over political issues, as well as intensified activism and more public...

The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) was commissioned by the TACSO project to prepare a comparative analysis on...

In recent years, there has been a perceived rise in the expression of fundamentalism in many contexts across the...

This report from CIVICUS provides a global overview of the state of civil society freedoms in 2015.

ICNL and ECNL welcome the report of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights on “Practical recommendations for the...

The report by UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye marks the beginning of a series of studies of issues at...

In 2016, Alliance magazine partnered with the European Foundation Centre to learn more about the issues by inviting philanthropic actors and...

This paper was prepared by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law in 2016 at the request of the Council...

This report by ARIADNE, the European Foundation Centre and and the International Human Rights Funders Group aims to give...

This report follows the seminar about “Combatting the shrinking of civil society space”, organized by EuroMed Rights, 22-24 April...

This report (A/HRC/31/65) from the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering...

This 2016 legal analysis by UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai examines India’s Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) – which...

Entries from OpenGlobalRights' multilingual debate in 2016 on closing space for civil society, with essays by leading scholars and practitioners.

Full text of Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on Internet freedom.

This 2016 report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Document No. A/HRC/32/20) focuses on examples...

This report aims to capture the discussions, analysis and recommendations from the 2015 Human Rights Forum on ‘Promoting and...

This comparative analysis provides an overview of policy papers on cooperation between the state bodies and civil society organizations...

This handbook by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) aims to provide guidance for the police...

This policy briefing by SOLIDAR, the Euromed NGO Platform and The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) aims to shed...

Activities of civil society organizations are increasingly restricted in the name of security and counter-terrorism. Some of these restrictions flow...

This report (A/HRC/31/66) provides guidance on how applicable international human rights standards may be operationalized in domestic law and...

Slandering democratic protesters as foreign stooges is a favorite tactic of authoritarian regimes. In this Foreign Policy article, Srdja...

January 28, 20162014-2015 Annual Report

Published in 2016, this book-length publication examines 11 countries - both within Europe and elsewhere - and provides comparative perspective...

In this report from January 2016, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights examines the...

This report assesses EU counter-terrorism efforts since 2001 and sets forth a number of relevant recommendations.

This article gives an overview of the regulation of foreign funding for non-governmental organizations in Azerbaijan and aims to...

This paper addresses the Policy for regulation of International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) in Pakistan adopted in October 2015.

This 2015 report by the Council of Europe's committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet...

ICNL's initial review of the Kingdom of Cambodia’s draft Trade Union Law (Draft TUL) of November 18, 2015. This...

This study by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law was prepared at the request of the Conference of International...

This paper by ECNL, the European Foundation Centre, and Human Security Collective examines how non-profit organizations can be involved...

This Journal of Democracy article, written by ICNL President Douglas Rutzen in November 2015, summarizes recent developments in the...

This General Assembly Resolution calls upon Member States, the UN system and a wide range of stakeholders to support...

As restrictions on foreign funding for civil society continue to multiply around the world, Western public and private funders...

This document explains the objectives, process and methodology for the 2015-16 monitoring round of the Global Partnership for Effective...

At the end of the 2015 Pride season, Amnesty International took a look at why Pride events are still...

This 2015 report from Human Rights Watch examines the government response to protests staged over Nepal's new constitution in...

This paper, published by UN Volunteers, reviews the historical evolution of international volunteering from the early-mid 20th century and...

Major protests have occurred around the world with increasing frequency since the second half of the 2000s.

In 2014-2015, ICNL's partners in Argentina joined experts from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Panama to gather data on...

This study by the European Social Enterprise Law Association maps the legal structures used by social enterprises across Europe...

Many civil society organizations have expressed concerns over the effects of Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) Recommendation 8.

Partners in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Panama gathered data on the practical impact of laws governing civil...

Since 2014, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has been increasingly pushing countries to conduct a risk assessment of...

From India to Spain, civil society is becoming increasingly constrained, with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – set...

September 25, 2015Assessing CSO engagement

This discussion paper by the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment offers possibilities to the Global...

In this report (A/70/266), Maina Kiai’s third to the United Nations General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on the rights...

This 2015 report by Human Rights First illustrates the vital importance for the United States to encourage its allies...

This report from Statewatch in collaboration with Human Security Collective explores the impact of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)...

Social entrepreneurship - which combines the tools and strategies of a business with social values and goals - is...

This report, by Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, addresses the gap between the aspirations of governments that want to safeguard civic...

This case study on Brazil discusses the development of the regulatory framework for CSOs in the country and describes...

This list by ECNL, the European Foundation Centre, and Human Security Collective aims to categorize the various types of...

A brief published by the Asian Development Bank in 2015 on the growing movement for governments to engage with citizens...

This 2015 UNSECO study provides a comprehensive overview of the core documents about Internet Governance principles developed and adopted...

This 2015 report by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative aims to inform the development of a global index of...

This report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies shows the environments and contexts within which...

In this report (A/HRC/29/25), Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai examines the role that the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly...

This paper by the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights explores the legal framework for cross-border funding as...

This paper, published by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development, discusses options for documenting and showcasing the collective contributions...

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Best Practices Paper on Combating the Abuse of Non-Profit Organizations was first written...

This report from CIVICUS details the key events, issues, and trends affecting civil society around the world. The 2015...

On April 25 in Banjul, The Gambia, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) officially launched a...

Given a recent wave of inquiries, ICNL and the Council on Foundations are organizing an open conference call on...

ICNL’s Global Forum 2015 opened Sunday with welcome videos from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of...

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency are pleased to announce the...

The Hudson Institute's Index of Philanthropic Freedom assesses the level of philanthropic freedom around the world and provides recommendations...

Chief among the current challenges facing the global human rights community (and broader civil society) is a contagion growing...

This document was issued by USAID in response to a closing civil society space in order to give guidance...

In this article from The Guardian, the Serbian activist who formed the Otpor! movement in 1998 to overthrow Slobodan...

This article by Kay Guinane of the Charity & Security Network explains how the Financial Action Task Force has contributed...

Last week in Istanbul, Turkey, ICNL and the Network of Democrats in the Arab World (NDAW) held a study...

Almost all European countries allow CSOs to directly engage in economic activities without requiring them to create commercial entities...

This 2015 ICNL report examines the legal regulation of NGOs in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

January 27, 2015The Politics of Protest

This 2015 policy paper by Daniel Smilov analyzes popular sovereignty and protests in Bulgaria, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine,...

This joint statement urges Member States to recognize, inter alia, that “the inclusion of civil and political rights is...

Despite clear protections in the Constitution, the fundamental right to freedom of peaceful assembly in Burundi is framed by a...

January 1, 2015Voices in the Streets

This report from Freedom House analyzes instances of mass social protests in 12 countries in order to identify best...

These Guidelines, published in 2015, aim to ensure that legislation is drafted with the purpose of promoting the establishment...

The constitutional guarantee of freedom of assembly is supplemented by a wide range of secondary legislation in Turkey.

This country note by Caterina Scuderi reviews constitutional provisions and two other main laws regulating assemblies in Italy.

On 16 August 2012, members of the South African Police Service (“SAPS”) lethally shot 34 people at Lonmin Mine,...

The respect for the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association has long been tenuous in Russia.

December 28, 2014On the Streets of America

This 2014 Amnesty International report raises human rights concerns on law enforcement response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, such...

December 23, 20142013-2014 Annual Report

This report presents the findings of the monitoring of public events undertaken by the Office for Democratic Institutions and...

This 2014 report by the UN Secretary General synthesizes input on the the Post-2015 Agenda.

A paper detailing the outcomes of an African regional workshop on “Protecting Civic Space” on November 17-18, 2014 at...

The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are equally fundamental and protected at the national and...

This OHCHR guide highlights issues related to the work of civil society actors (CSAs), providing an overview of the...

This Human Rights Watch report outlines the rollback of human rights and rule of law in Turkey, linked to...

In this letter to the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Post 2015 Development Planning, the Civic...

This 2014 paper by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law focuses on opportunities to enhance CSOs’ financial sustainability by...

ICNL Fellow Diego Scardone shares lessons from Brazil’s collaborative process in developing a landmark law regulating public funding of...

Since January 2012, more than 50 countries have introduced or enacted legislation constraining civil society.

The newest draft NGO law issued in late June by Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity would severely restrict civil...

This European Center for Not-for-Profit Law paper outlines key attributes of volunteering based on the definition of volunteering by...

This paper from the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law outlines key attributes of volunteering based on the definition of...

This report (A/HRC/27/33) summarizes a March 11, 2014, panel discussion convened by the UN Human Rights Council on the importance...

This 2014 Amnesty International report documents the shrinking of political space in Burundi in the build-up to the 2015 presidential,...

This ICNL country note reviews federal regulation of assemblies in Germany, covering legal definitions, notification procedures, eligibility requirements for...

One of the most common ways that countries restrict assemblies is to enact laws that require organizers and participants...

This set of “general principles,” issued by UN Special Rapporteur Kiai and the Community of Democracies, summarizes key aspects...

Beginning on February 12, 2014, thousands of people across Venezuela participated in marches and public demonstrations to protest the...

The Mail & Guardian article by Jane Duncan describes how local authorities in South Africa manipulate the Regulation of...

The Internet has radically transformed the way we access information and communicate - creating new opportunities for strengthening democracy.

In recent years many governments have responded to people’s assertions of peaceful dissent by violently clamping down on peaceful...

As a concept, “inclusive development” permeates all of the commitments made in the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation...

This 2014 report from Article 19 gives an overview of implementation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly...

This report to the Human Rights Council by Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary...

After seeing its reach increase for decades, international support for democracy and human rights faces a serious challenge: more...

This report by the Task Team on Civil Society Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment provides an overview of evidence of...

Cooperation between public authorities and civil society organizations has evolved significantly over the past few years in countries all...

December 31, 20132012-2013 Annual Report

In this December 2013 report, Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, discusses how...

Brief guidelines published by Amnesty USA which provide guidance to law enforcement on how to ensure that everyone can enjoy...

This 2013 study by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network examines the legislative framework that enshrines the right to assembly...

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) submitted this report to the GPEDC. Citing data from the Civic Space Initiative,...

October 1, 2013Take Back the Streets

This 2013 report by the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) report examines protest case studies from the United...

ICNL edited a compilation of chapters written by law professors from six Latin American countries on models, lessons learned,...

In this publication, the ICNL Alliance compares laws pertaining to NGOs in Belarus to international standards and best practices.

This U.S. Institute of Peace report explains the role civil society can play in building resistance to the drivers of violent...

This report (A/68/299) – Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai's first to the UN General Assembly – documents threats to the...

This joint publication by ICNL and ECNL reviews the Republic of Georgia's Law on Assembly and Manifestations from the...

This 2013 analysis of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Law on State Procurement of Social Services (Law on SPSS) also includes...

This global composite index from CIVICUS used secondary data to assess the governance, socio-cultural, and socio-economic environments for civil...

This 2013 policy briefing from TNI discusses, among other things, the danger in encouraging regimes to restrict the legitimate...

In recent years, the Arab region has seen a steady increase in the number of foundations and witnessed increased...

In this submission, ICNL and our partners in the Civic Space Initiative (CSI) urged the High Level Panel to...

In recent years, civil society actors have been facing increased control and undue restrictions in relation to funding they...

On April 9, ICNL’s Vice President of Operations Nilda Bullain participated in a panel entitled Civil Society and its...

In this report, the Special Rapporteur addresses the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity.

This paper by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law was prepared in response to the Government of Mongolia's intentions...

The Arab region witnessed tremendous changes between 2011-2013 as the result of popular uprisings in response to decades of...

As required by General Assembly resolution 65/230, this 2013 Study was prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs...

Turkey’s rapid economic growth has earned it a place among the world’s leading emerging markets.

This report (A/HRC/22/28) by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights examines effective measures and best practices to ensure...

January 13, 2013Keeping Up the Momentum

This publication, written by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, is the first regional report on the state of...

This matrix and its accompanying monitoring methodology - published by the European Center for International Law - are designed...

A briefing discussing how an enabling environment for civil society can be integrated into the post-2015 development agenda.

December 12, 20122011-2012 Annual Report

This report presents the findings of the monitoring of public events undertaken by the Office for Democratic Institutions and...

This publication from the European Volunteer Centre (CEV) details the physical structures, support mechanisms, human resources, knowledge, research and...

This report by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law compares the distinctive features of the legal framework for social...

In this research paper from the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, Dr. Bibi van Ginkel takes an in depth look...

This report is in response to the requests of the General Assembly that the Secretary-General report to it at...

This report by the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation attempts to provide independent, fresh, long-term thinking about how to...

On June 29, a group of seven deputies submitted to the Russian Duma the draft law Introducing Amendments to Legislative...

This 2012 publication - published by BetterAid in cooperation with the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness - provides...

This report, published by the World Movement for Democracy and ICNL, lists legal barriers constraining civil society organizations (CSOs)...

This 2012 UNESCO publication seeks to identify the relationship between freedom of expression and Internet privacy, assessing where they...

Over the past decade, the United Nations' work to combat global terrorism has expanded dramatically.

This handbook, prepared by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, outlines the ways in which the state can cooperate...

In this report (A/HRC/20/27), Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai's first to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur highlights best...

On April 10, 2012, CIVICUS released State of Civil Society 2011. The report highlights the current state of civil...

Over the course of the post-9/11 era, the U.S. Supreme Court has had much to say about the government’s...

In 2011, armed personnel of the Egyptian government detained employees and seized documents and computers from several NGOs.

Contrary to the hopes and expectations of Egyptian and international observers, the year since Egypt’s January 25 Revolution has...

Freedom of assembly in Czech Republic is generally in compliance with international standards and best practices.

This report on human rights defenders in the Americas, published in 2011 by the Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights...

December 31, 20112010-2011 Annual Report

ICNL's 2010-2011 Annual Report highlights our work to strengthen civil society, advance the freedoms of association and assembly, foster philanthropy...

This report, prepared by the UN Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, summarizes a Human Rights Council...

With the strings tightening on government purses across Europe and the role and influence of non-profit organisations growing, a...

On December 12, 2011, the Royal Government of Cambodia released the fourth draft version of the Cambodian Law on...

This paper, co-authored by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, was written for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in...

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies conducted this study on the legal environment for volunteers...

This Guidance Note, published by UN Volunteers and developed by ICNL and ECNL, is based on a global research study...

This report (A/HRC/17/28) by Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns discusses the legal norms applicable to the use of lethal force...

This 2011 report by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, discusses the legal norms applicable...

In this 2011 report, UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue explores key trends and challenges to the right of all individuals...

In the name of fighting terrorism, governments have curtailed political freedoms and imposed restrictive measures against human rights defenders...

ICNL and the World Movement for Democracy are pleased to announce the release of a new series of 15...

This 2011 report by the Center for Democracy & Technology explores how the internationally recognized right to freedom of...

This law review article by Mark Sidel explores the different legal and policy approaches to terrorism in the US...

The Cambodian Government released a revised draft Law on Associations and NGOs on March 24, 2011.

This handbook was produced by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as a guide for...

This paper, developed by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, examines state financing of NGOs as practiced in the Western...

December 31, 20102009-2010 Annual Report

In August 2010, a draft law on NGOs/Associations was reportedly completed by an inter-ministerial committee.

These guidelines by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) offer a practical toolkit for legislators and...

This European Center for Not-for-Profit Law article provides a brief overview of European standards and models of public participation...

In 2010, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and...

Noshir Dadrawala, the Chief Executive at the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy in Mumbai, India, has provided the following...

A global research study commissioned by UN Volunteers and carried out by ICNL and ECNL which considers trends and...

On March 7, 2010, the Egyptian newspaper Al Dustour published what is reported to be the leaked text of a Draft...

This paper explores the key strategic and operational questions that arise during the development of funds and foundations that...

ICNL is pleased to announce the passage earlier today of a new Law on Non-Governmental Organizations for the Republic of Iraq.

This publication - developed in part by the European Center for Not-for-Profit law - was distributed in Serbia, and...

ICNL is happy to announce the release of an informative study authored by a USAID-sponsored ICNL senior research fellow...

ICNL is happy to announce the release of an informative study authored by a USAID-sponsored ICNL senior research fellow...

Amendments to Jordan’s Law on Societies (No. 51 of 2008) came into effect today after Jordan’s King Abdullah II signed the Law...

Analysis On Making Changes and Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Azerbaijan

A primer by ICNL providing an overview of the legal environment for civil society and discussing international actors that...

This 2009 report from ICNL surveys tax laws governing not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,...

This paper by the International Service for Human Rights examines the right of human rights defenders to access funding...

This 2009 report, prepared by the Human Rights Joint Committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, discusses the...

The eviction by the Sudanese Government of international aid agencies highlights a major gap in the international laws protecting...

In this seminar report, experts convened by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Non-Governmental Public Action...

This research paper by ECNL discusses the role that European government offices can play in implementing plans for cooperation...

An overview report examining NGO legislation in 16 Central and Eastern European countries.

On January 12, Freedom House released the findings from the latest edition of Freedom in the World, the annual survey...

ICNL conducted an International Workshop on Teaching NGO Law from September 12-14, 2008 in Kiev, Ukraine.

This report surveys the work of CSOs related to the four pillars of the 2006 UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

This publication by ILGA Europe aims to contribute to increased and better reporting of homophobic and transphobic incidents by providing...

This 2008 report presents an overview of the tax laws in the South Pacific affecting civic organizations. The report...

In this paper published by ICNL, two internationally-renowned experts analyze the protections that civil society organizations receive under international...

This paper presents options for developing a Monitoring & Tracking Tool (MTT) to help inform discussions about the impact...

ICNL and the World Movement for Democracy are pleased to announce the release of a “Defending Civil Society” report, the first phase...

These EU recommendations call on Member States to issue policies that consider the "important EU dimension to volunteering" and "a more...

The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan proposed a new draft law "About Freedom of Conscience and Religious Unions."

A report discussing the professional relationships and mechanisms used to nominate and elect NGO representatives for state commissions and...

This analysis by the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law compares European practices to promote NGO participation in government decision-making.

December 22, 2007ICNL, LLC receives award

On July 28, 2007 the President of Azerbaijan’s Decree confirming state support for NGOs was officially published in the...

This article from USAID's 2007 NGO Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia - authored by ICNL's Catherine Shea and ECNL's...

ICNL‘s efforts to strengthen the legal enabling environment for NGOs in Azerbaijan reaches a new landmark with the Assessment of...

This 2007 publication from the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law presents an overview of European practices for regulating organizations...

ICNL and its working group partners in Mexico - the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de México (ITAM), Incide Social, and...

In November 2006, the Union Cabinet approved the revised Foreign Contribution Management and Control (FCMC) Bill that seeks to...