Welcome Note from Prof. Wali M Naseh!


The legal aid services for criminal cases across Afghanistan have seen remarkable growth during the last 15 years.  The introduction of the constitutional right to legal counsel for criminally accused indigent people, plus the recent growth in the legal aid sector, were made as prime focuses by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the international community and human rights entities. Monitoring the quality and coverage of legal aid services was paramount to the growing sector.


The Afghanistan Independent Legal Aid Board (AILAB) was established as per the provisions of the Legal Aid Regulations (LAR) published in the Official Gazette (Number 950) of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Articles 19 to  23.  Since its inception in December 2008, AILAB assumed the responsibility of regulating and administering nationwide legal aid services and coordinating the activities of relevant legal aid providers in Afghanistan (Article 19.1 of the LAR).


Pursuant to Article 19 of the LAR, AILAB is structured with  a sevenmember board with representatives from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Sharia Faculty of Kabul University, the Law Faculty of Kabul University, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), and non-government organizations (NGOs) providing legal aid .


AILAB operates under the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the international conventions on human rights with the aim to regulate and administer provisions of legal aid services to indigent Afghan citizens in criminal cases, and women and children in civil cases.


AILAB strives to achieve the goal of helping provide nationwide free legal aid services to destitute and needy persons in criminal cases as their constitutional right to a legal counsel.


Professor Wali Mohammad Naseh
AILAB President