Highlights of IADL Activities (1946–2002)

1946
Founded October 24 in Paris by gathering of lawyers who had survived the war against fascism and participated in the Nuremberg Trials. Rene Cassin, a drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, named first IADL President.
1947 to date
IADL supports the total ban of Nuclear arms.
1947-1949
Annual IADL Congresses convene in Brussels '47, Prague'48, and Rome'49.
1950 to date
Challenges the global proliferation of nuclear weapons and supports peaceful resolution of international disputes.
1951
IADL condemns the tyrannical and repressive regime of the Shah of Iran
1952-1996
IADL begins its support of the African National Congress, starting with the Campaign of Resistance Against Unjust Laws.
1953
Lawyers meetings convened in Rio de Janeiro ('52) and Guatemala City (53') culminating in the organization of the American Association of Jurists (AAJ) which becomes an affiliate member of IADL. First Pan Asian IADL Conference held in Calcutta.
1955
IADL supports the African National Congress Freedom Charter
1956
Supports the nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egypt.
1960
IADL members throughout the world decry the Sharpeville massacre of unarmed demonstrators including children.
1961
IADL Congress in Budapest calls for US withdrawal from Vietnam.
1966
Calls for the freedom of Nelson Mandela and his co-defendants prosecuted for treason and sabotage in the Rivonia trial beginning his 27 years of imprisonment.
1968-1975
IADL Campaign and conferences in support of peace in Vietnam Grenoble '68; Algiers 71; Paris'75.
1971
Supports the legality under international law of oil-producing countries rights to control their natural resources.
1974 to date
IADL supports the liberation movements and the struggles of the peoples of South Africa, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico and elsewhere on the globe.
1975
10th IADL Congress in Algiers, first in Africa. Members resolve to support each nation's right to economic, social and cultural development under international law.
1976
IADL members participate as legal observers in the prosecution of mercenaries in Luanda, Angola and draft the precursor to the UN Convention on Mercenarism.
1978
Sponsors its first conference on Women's Rights in Cambridge, England
1979
IADL meets in Paris, opposes Camp David Accords.
1980 to date
IADL begins its long standing campaign in support of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East recognizing the Palestinean people's rights to self-determination.
1981
International Conference on the New Economic Order, Mexico
1982
Establishes the Permanent Commission of Lawyers on Palestine and Peace in the Middle East under the coordination of the Association of Palestinean Lawyers, Jamal Sourani, President. Meeting in New Delhi on Indian Ocean Zone of Peace.
1983
Organizes International Conference of Lawyers in the Caribbean Basin Zone of Peace, in Mexico in cooperation with the Centre for Economic and Social Studies of the Third World.
1984
IADL supports Kurdish independence from Turkey. Sends legal observers to trials of advocates and journalists supporting the Liberation Movement.
1984
12th Congress meets in Athens on the theme: Establishing a New World Order.
1984
Organizes the International Lawyers Campaign to Free Nelson Mandela
1985
Symposium on the Role of Lawyers in the Nuclear Age: The 40th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials.
1986
Colloquium on the Militarization of Space and a Code of Behaviour for Nuclear Power States
1988
First conference of lawyers in Asia and the Pacific region on Peace Development and Human Rights, New Delhi, India.
1989
Organizes Legal Observer Missions to the first democratic elections in Namibia; files intervention on behalf of political victims of the National Islamic Front of Sudan, in protest of the abolition of a secular independent judiciary.
1991
IADL files a petition challenging the international traffic in children for organ transplants and commercial sexual traffic before the U.N. Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.
1992 to date
Organizes international condemnation of the economic boycott of Cuba as an illegal use of force in violation of the Charters of the U.N. and the OAU.
1994
International Legal Observer Delegations organized to monitor South Africa's first non-racial election.
1995
IADL delegation attends the UN Conference on Women's Rights in Beijing.
1996
XIVth Congress held in Capetown, South Africa. Lawyers, jurists and law professors from five continents gather to observe IADL's 50th Anniversary under the patronage of Nelson Mandela.
1996
Fact-finding Mission to Okinawa organized by IADL affiliate JALISA finds U.S. bases to be nuclear attack bases after World War II and deployed during Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars in violation of legal and human rights of the people of Japan to live in peace.
1997
IADL sponsors its first legal seminar in the United States on International Labor Rights.
1998
IADL protests to UN Secretary General about U.S. threats of unilateral military force against Iraq.
1999
IADL association of with its Japanese affiliate JALISA convene a World Conference Against Nuclear Weapons, Tokyo, Japan and Issue A Hiroshima Declaration for Nuclear Free 21st Century.
2000
XV IADL Congress in Association with the XII Conference of America Association of Jurists (AAJ) meets in Havana, Cuba October 16-21 under the theme: Establishing a Just International Order.
2001
In Rome, Italy February 17-18 IADL and the Center of Research and Elaboration for Democracy (CRED) hold Preparatory Conference for the Second UN Conference Against Racism (WCAR) 31 August - 7 September Durban, South Africa., IADL sponsors Conference of Palestine and International Law, November, Paris France.
2002
IADL in association with its UK affiliate The Haldane Society, convenes an International Conference on Antiterrorist Legislation: Making the World Not Safer But Less Free, May, London, England.