Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI)

A public service project of the American Bar Association (ABA), administered by IIE. It is designed to advance the rule of law in the world by supporting the law reform process underway in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union. Through various programs, CEELI makes available pro bono U.S. legal expertise and assistance to emerging democracies that are in the process of modifying or restructuring their laws or legal systems.

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Places lawyers in service opportunities run from one week to more than a year. Participants serve primarily in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.


Lawyers must have a JD from an American law school and at least five years practice in the US. A knowledge of Russian or other Slavic languages is preferred, but not mandatory.

Financial Arrangements

The organization pays all costs.

Contact Information

Web Site:


Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580

Registration / Application

Application information is available on the IIE web site for the CEELI project.


History: Established in 1990 as a program of the American Bar Association.

Advisors sent on field projects: 20 in 2000.

Regional Activitiy: Central and Eastern European Law Initiative currently has projects in 5 countries in Eastern Europe


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