ADF International

What We Do

What We Do

Developing comprehensive legal strategies

At ADF International we recognize that there is strength in partnership. That’s why we focus on building alliances with lawyers and like-minded organizations, who we work with to develop comprehensive legal strategies that protect religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family around the world.

Because we’re committed to engaging in effective advocacy around the world, we conduct our work in several different languages: English, French, Spanish, and German. We also communicate in a number of other languages when there are opportunities to positively influence the global conversation about fundamental rights.

Three key components are essential to these strategies

  • Advocacy

    We engage in advocacy before national and international institutions and tribunals, where we have a notable record of success. Our high profile cases have a far-reaching, long-lasting legal impact.

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  • Training

    ADF International is transforming legal systems by building a strong alliance of Christian professionals through several world-class training programmes.

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  • Funding

    ADF International provides funding for cases with high potential to set major international legal precedents. Since our launch, we’ve provided more than €40m in grant funding for hundreds of cases and legal projects.

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Advocacy

Whether working with our allies or through direct litigation, we select cases that will establish legal precedents and therefore have a lasting impact. We engage in advocacy before national and international institutions and tribunals, where we have a notable record of success. We have the ability to take cases to the highest level, and have achieved success at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

Advocacy

All our legal services are provided on a pro bono basis.

At the national level, we’re able to link with local allied lawyers to assist with domestic matters. At the international level, we have a full-time presence at all of the world’s major institutions. This enables us to effect positive change for the future.

Training

ADF International is transforming legal systems by building a strong alliance of Christian professionals through several world-class training programmes. Whether you’re a lawyer, law student, or university student, we have a programme that’s tailored for your chosen field of practice. Our programmes equip you to engage all aspects of the legal culture so that you can make a lasting impact in the preservation of religious freedom.

ADF Summit

Summit

Summit trains international lawyers how to engage the culture and defend religious freedom. The programme is taught by renowned academics and lawyers and is run by Alliance Defending Freedom, a partner of ADF International.

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Areté Academy

Areté Academy

Areté Academy is designed for outstanding university students and recent graduates who are on a path to future leadership in law, government, or public policy. Applicants residing in Europe or Latin America can apply to attend an Academy programme taking place in either of these regions. Areté Academy is a joint programme of ADF International and its global partner Alliance Defending Freedom.

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Blackstone Legal Fellowship

Blackstone Legal Fellowship

The Blackstone Legal Fellowship is a leadership development programme in which exceptional Christian law students from the world’s top law schools receive intense training in human rights law and the Christian worldview. The programme, run by our global partner Alliance Defending Freedom, is open to graduates of the Latin American or European Areté Academy programmes.

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Group Outside Building

Internships

At this time, ADF International is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of internships in our European offices (Brussels, London, Geneva, Strasbourg, and Vienna). An internship usually lasts between four and six weeks. Places are limited and applicants will be selected on a competitive basis.

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Funding

In collaboration with our global partner, Alliance Defending Freedom, ADF International provides funding for cases with high potential to set major international legal precedents. Since our launch, we’ve provided more than €40m in grant funding for hundreds of cases and legal projects.

NEARLY 2,000 Lawyers Trained | NEARLY 3,000 Allied Lawyers | €40M + In Case Funding

Winning for Good

ADF International is committed to winning every case in which we’re involved. Because we’re committed to seeing fundamental human rights flourish across the world. In our short history, we’ve already been part of victories which have set international legal precedents.

You Can Make an Impact

We are committed to cultivating a future in which truth and justice are upheld, and where religious freedom is robustly protected and culturally embraced. Will you join us?

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