Innovating practical solutions to international development challenges and training the next generation of international development law leaders.


The Law of International Development Initiative seeks to address the legal challenges that arise from delivering development and humanitarian assistance to the world’s most vulnerable populations. Those challenges range from navigating terrorist sanction regimes to structuring complex financial transactions and involve a host of actors, including governments, multilateral organizations, private sector actors, foundations, donors, nongovernmental organizations, and policymakers.

There are around 4,500 operational aid agencies around the globe.

About 90% of major international donors have committed to worldwide standards on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse in international and humanitarian assistance programs.

The Law of International Development Initiative is one of three international development and humanitarian assistance law initiatives in the country, and the only one in Washington, D.C.

Our Work

The Law of International Development Initiative is a unique public-private partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the O’Neill Institute. We focus on building capacity and leadership in the field of international development law. Through strategic partnerships, teaching, and mentorship, we focus on bringing together practitioners and students from across the development landscape to address the complex and multifaceted legal issues that arise in international development.

Our Team

Susan Pascocello Headshot

Susan Pascocello Distinguished Development Diplomat in Residence

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Hamsa Fayed Research Assistant

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Sarah Hart Research Assistant

Kanika Kalra Headshot

Kanika Kalra Research Assistant

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Saisha Nanduri Research Assistant

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Daniella Piñeros Research Assistant

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