International Bridges to Justice

In recognition of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Bridges to Justice, as a non-government and non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. Specifically, IBJ works to guarantee all citizens the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial.

International Bridges to Justice
64 rue de Monthoux
Geneva, Geneva 02116
Switzerland
(0-41-22) 731-2441
http://www.ibj.org

Founder and CEO

Karen Tse

Management Team

Paul Demakis, Sanjeewa Liyanage, Peter Kenyon, Jason Yoder, Kellie Krake

Board of Directors

Peter Schonherr, Sandford Climan, Karen Tse, David Little, Francis James, Daniel Fung, Grace Toh, Mia Yamamoto, Luis Velasco, Joan Darby, Kenneth Cukier, Regina Mooney, Paul Demakis, Sanjeewa Liyanage, Peter Kenyon, Jason Yoder, Kellie Krake

Project Leaders

Karen Tse
Sanjeewa Liyanage

Mission

In recognition of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Bridges to Justice, as a non-government and non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. Specifically, IBJ works to guarantee all citizens the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial.

Programs

For more than ten years, International Bridges to Justice has been expanding its tools to support defenders of justice and human rights throughout the world. We conduct an array of global programming designed to reach the largest number of human rights and criminal justice defenders possible. We have developed a wide range of training manuals, country assessment and scorecard tools, and other resources, all accessible by lawyers everywhere through IBJ's online elearning program. Our Criminal Defense Wiki, based on the same software as Wikipedia, brings case law, codes, treaties, and other resources to lawyers in developing countries throughout the world. We also support our global, on-line JusticeMakers network, through which we select defender activists from throughout the world, and provide them with seed grants as well as a support network empowering them to undertake projects such as rights awareness campaigns, multi-stakeholder dialogues, and defense bar trainings. To date, IBJ's JusticeMakers have included individuals from 31 countries including Colombia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. In addition to this global programming, at present we maintain permanent programs in six countries. Through these country-by-country programs, we have been able to train police and prosecutors, empower defense lawyers, and genuinely change the manner in which criminal justice systems operate.

Statistics on International Bridges to Justice

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2009: $3,000,000
  • Annual Budget for 2006: $1,000,000
  • Other funding sources: (In 2009) Bridgewater Foundation; Clifford Chance Foundation; Cottier Donze Foundation; Drummond-Berk Family Trust; EuropeAid; Ford Foundation; Holthues Trust; I Do Foundation; International Bar Association Charitable Trust; Lien Foundation; MacArthur Foundation; Matrix Chambers Causes Fund; Open Society Institute; Skoll Foundation; UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture; US Department of State, Democracy & Rule of Law Program.
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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