The Center for 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. Primary emphasis at CDIL is given to the development of more representative intergovernmental decision-making processes, strengthening enforcement language and mechanisms for international law and institutions with special focus on the areas of human rights, reform of international organizations, environment, sustainable development and restructuring of the United Nations.
CDIL operates as an educational, research, program and project development organization. CDIL also coordinates meetings, seminars, consultations and conferences. CDIL works closely with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local, national and international organizations to support common goals and projects.
Currently, CDIL is housed together with the International Secretariat of the World Federalist Movement (WFM) across the street from the United Nations (U.N.) Headquarters in New York. CDIL and WFM share some administrative tasks while remaining separate organizations.