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Global Trends in NGO Law

Complementing the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, which comprises contributions from legal experts around the world, Global Trends in NGO Law synthesizes key developments relating to the legal and regulatory issues that affect non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


The Legal Landscape for Philanthropy in the Arab Gulf (Vol. 8, Iss. 1, December 2017)


Survey of Trends Affecting Civic Space: 2015-16 (Vol. 7, Iss. 4, September 2016)

Closing Civic Space: Impact on Development and Humanitarian CSOs (Vol. 7, Iss. 3, September 2016)

LGBTI Civil Society Organizations Around the Globe: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned (Vol. 7, Iss. 2, May 2016)

Environmental Advocacy: Challenges to Environmental Groups' Rights to Assemble, Associate and Express their Opinions (Vol. 7, Iss. 1, March 2016)


The Right to Freedom of Expression: Restrictions on a Foundational Right (Vol. 6, Iss. 1, April 2015)


Assessment Tools for Measuring Civil Society's Enabling Environment (Vol. 5, Iss. 1, August 2014)


The Legal and Regulatory Framework for Civil Society: Global Trends in 2012-2013 (Vol. 4, Iss. 2, October 2013)

The Muslim Brotherhood on the State of Civil Society and Civil Society Law in Post-Mubarak Egypt (Vol. 4, Iss. 1, April 2013)


NGO Laws in Sub-Saharan Africa (Vol. 3, Iss. 3, June 2011)

An Interview with Maina Kiai, the New United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association (Vol. 3, Iss. 2, June 2011)

The Arab Spring: An Opportunity for Greater Freedom of Association and Assembly in Tunisia and Egypt? (Vol. 3, Iss. 1, June 2011)

Freedom of Assembly (Vol. 2, Iss. 4, April 2011)


Enabling Reform: Lessons Learned From Progressive NGO Legal Initiatives (Vol. 2, Iss. 3, December 2010)

Wave of Constraint: Recent Developments in Venezuela, Ecuador, Honduras, Iran, Bahrain, and Cambodia (Vol. 2, Iss. 2, December 2010)

The Legal Framework for Volunteerism: Ten Years After International Year of Volunteers 2001 (Vol. 2, Iss. 1, December 2010)

Survey of Arab NGO Laws (Vol. 1, Iss. 4, March 2010)


Barred from the Debate: Restrictions on NGO Public Policy (Vol. 1, Iss. 3, September 2009)

Global Philanthropy in a Time of Crisis (Vol. 1, Iss. 2, May 2009)

Global Trends in NGO Law (Vol. 1, Iss. 1, March 2009)

Global Trends for Not-for-Profit Law (Vol. 4- Vol. 7) are wholly or partially financed by the Government of Sweden. The Government of Sweden does not necessarily share the opinions here within. ICNL bears the sole responsibility for the content.