The International Legal Aid Group (ILAG) is a network of legal aid specialists including chief executives and managers from legal aid commissions, high ranking civil servants and leading academics in over two dozen countries. Its mission is to improve evidence-based policy-making in the field of poverty legal services through discussion and dialogue relating to international developments in policy and research. ILAG focuses primarily on the particular issues raised in jurisdictions which have established highly developed systems of legal aid. However, ILAG is expanding its brief to include jurisdictions with less developed systems, particularly in jurisdictions close to its conference sites.
ILAG began by holding biannual conferences, with the first being organised in 1992 in the Hague, the Netherlands by Vouter Meurs of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Professor Alan Paterson, of Strathclyde University. From November 2008, it has published a periodical newsletter on developments around the world and, from February 2010, it established an online presence. ILAG seeks maximum discussion of its concerns. For reasons of manageability, however, ILAG conferences are open only by invitation. The next one is planned for South Africa in June 2017.
ILAG is guided by an international steering group with Professor Alan Paterson as its Chair. ILAG's Newsletter Editor is Roger Smith, an expert in domestic and international aspects of legal aid, human rights and access to justice and a former Director of JUSTICE, a British-based law reform organisation.
Eileen Ritchie is the ILAG Conference Coordinator, while Paul Ferrie is the Online Administrator for ILAG.