From its inception in 1946, IADLcombats all forms of racism, colonialism, and economic and political injustice wherever they interfere with legal and human rights, often at the cost of these jurists personal safety and economic well being. As activist lawyers, it submits to International High Courts (United Nations, European and InterAmerican Courts) the individual and collective violations of human rights that it detects.
To facilitate contact and exchanges of views among lawyers and lawyers' associations of all countries to foster understanding and goodwill among them. To work together to achieve the aims set out in the Charter of the United Nations. To ensure joint action by lawyers in the realm of law, the study and practice of the principles of democracy to encourage the maintenance of peace and cooperation among nations. To restore, defend and develop democratic rights and liberties in legislation and in practic. To promote the independence of all peoples and to oppose any restriction on this independence whether in law or in practice
Organization of fact-finding and observer missions on human rights. Symposia, seminars and thematic conferences. Activities relating to pleading and legal reasoning based on international law. Organization of campaigns to further international humanitarian law