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International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP)

New York, United States
Joined November 2016
Presence in: Colombia, United States, Zimbabwe
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Other, Right to Information

ISLP fosters just and accountable development that is sustainable, supportive of human rights, and strengthens the rule of law by mobilizing our unique network of highly skilled and experienced pro bono lawyers to advise civil society and governments.

Our programs include:

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Community-Inclusive Development
  • Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption
  • Economic and Social Development
  • Investment, Trade, & Tax
  • Civil Society Space
  • Freedom of Expression and Media Law

People Associated With This Organization

Bridget Mafusire

Zimbabwe  
International Senior Lawyers Project...
Joined March 2020
Interests: Livelihoods
My name is Bridget Mafusire, I am a lawyer, who has gained considerable exposure in the public and private sectors, and am now in the civil society for close to two years now. My current role as In-country Advisor for International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) involves coordination of the organisations local programs. In Zimbabwe, ISLP's focus has been on natural resource governance and access to information. The role that I am in essentially is for identifying local and to an extent regional programming opportunities. As Namati is a movement for legal empowerment, I believe that I would gain from access to the broad range of resources available to the network as well as the large network of fellow lawyers working in civil society on natural resource governance issues. This is of particular importance to my role as I work with local civil society organisations, top support their advocacy initiatives, which involve legal empowerment activities from grassroots level all the way to policy and law maker level.

Florencia Librizzi

United States  
International Senior Lawyers Project...
Joined February 2022
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
Florencia Librizzi is an international attorney and a sustainable development professional with 15+ years of experience. Florencia joined ISLP as the Director of Community Inclusive Development (CID) to lead ISLP’s engagement with civil society actors and social impact enterprises. Florencia previously served as Head of Program and Partnerships, SDG Academy, leading the flagship education initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). She was appointed Co-Chair of the UN Higher Education for Sustainability Initiative (HESI) where she convenes multi-stakeholder partners to scale up the impact of higher education for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Florencia also devoted over 6 years to build the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative of the UN Global Compact and served as a research consultant for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) advising on issues of post-conflict societies to address human rights violations through truth, memory, reparations, justice, and other measures. Florencia has practiced law since 2006 advising business and non-business clients on a wide range of legal issues. Florencia has taught several courses and seminars at various universities. She received her first law degree magna cum laude from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) and earned her Masters of Laws (LL.M.) at NYU School of Law, where she was granted the Dean’s Award and distinguished as a Transitional Justice Scholar. Florencia served as a graduate editor for the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics and has published several articles, book chapters, and expert reports. She is a member of the New York Bar and has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of several non-for-profit organizations.

Melissa Eustace

United States  
International Senior Lawyers Project...
Joined August 2020
Interests: Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am Communications and Operations Manager of ISLP, the International Senior Lawyers Project. As such, my role is ensuring the smooth functioning of our organization and spreading the word about its effective and impactful service to its clients, which consist of governments and civil society organizations.

Pedro Villegas

Colombia  
International Senior Lawyers Project...
Joined February 2022
Lawyer at ISLP based in Colombia

Sara Lulo

United States  
International Senior Lawyers Project...
Joined October 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Sara Lulo serves as Executive Director of the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization. ISLP mobilizes pro bono legal support to advance inclusive, just, and accountable economic development and the rule of law. Sara has 20 years of experience working with governments, non-governmental organizations, and private sector entities in Latin America, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Sara previously served as an Assistant Dean of Yale Law School, where she oversaw international law programs and served as the founding Director of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights. Sara also served as the inaugural Executive Director of Cornell Law School’s Avon Global Center for Women and Justice. Sara started her legal career as an international arbitration lawyer in the New York and London offices of a global law firm. She holds BA, JD, and LLM degrees from Cornell University, as well as a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University. At Cornell Law School, Sara served as Article Editor of the Cornell Law Review. She is a member of the New York Bar and has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of several non-profit organizations based in the United States, Africa, and Latin America.

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