The Center for the Development of International Law (CDIL) was established to promote the development of international law and strengthening of the international legal order. CDIL is a non-governmental organization with consultative status with the United Nations (UN) ECOSOC consultative status. CDIL advocates increasing the application of international law to individuals. CDIL also works to further the awareness of the interdependence between international and local laws and initiatives. Read more


CDIL engages in collaborative work and dialogue with a variety of peace organizations, including the Hague Appeal for Peace, Center for UN Reform Education, The World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, The Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and the Together for a Better Peace Project. To find out more about the objectives and activities of these organizations Read more.


CDIL engages on a variety of platforms to assist in enabling international systems to better protect the rights of the individual and the environment. 

International Law and Human Rights: In order for the credible implementation of a world order capable of maintaining peace, an international system of law and justice is required that protects universal human rights and regulates relations, policies, and disputes between nations. CDIL works with other organizations on promoting the ratification and strengthening of international human rights conventions. Read more

Global Environmental Governance and Sustainability: The protection of the world environment is indispensable to the broader objective of sustainable development. CDIL emphasizes the connection between issues relating to international democracy and global governance and issues tied to sustainable development and the environment. Read more

International Democracy and UN Reform: By strengthening bodies within the United Nations, the collective effort for common concerns of peace, security, and development may be more comprehensively addressed while retaining the legitimate sovereign statuses of nation-states. CDIL works with the World Federalist Movement (WFM), UN Associations (UNA), the Alliance for Our Common Future and many other groups promoting strengthening and reform of the U.N. Read more

International Justice and the ICC: CDIL works closely with other organizations, specifically the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), in the effort to monitor situations of note to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and advocate for all states to accept the Rome Statute of the ICC. Additionally, CDIL makes efforts to ensure the ICC itself is fair, independent, and accountable, and that justice for international crimes is of the foremost importance. Read more