Pursuing human rights

The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IJL) strives to advance human rights everywhere and international cooperation based on the rule of law, including the prevention of and accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. 

The Association is especially committed to issues that are on the agenda of the Jewish people and work to combat antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, Holocaust denial, and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.

IJL was founded in 1969. Among its founders were Supreme Court Justices Haim Cohn of Israel, Arthur Goldberg of the United States, and Nobel Prize laureate René Cassin of France. Our membership comprises lawyers, judges, judicial officers, and academic jurists in more than 50 countries, active locally and internationally as needed.

Membership is open to lawyers and jurists of all creeds who share our aims.

The IJL has an ECOSOC Special Consultative status as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations, enabling it to participate in the deliberations of various UN bodies. In this capacity, the representatives of the IJL have been especially involved in the work of the Human Rights Council in Geneva and of related bodies.

The Association also publishes Justice Magazine, which examines various relevant issues and current topics and is mailed to thousands of lawyers and jurists worldwide.