The mission of the TINKER INSTITUTE ON INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANIZATIONS   –TIILO   –   is research, teaching and training about international law, sustainable development, and the United Nations System, offering assistance in compliance with international law.


TIILO is available for consultations on compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals for civil society organizations, governments, corporations, lawyers and law firms, particularly on Goal 16’s targets on good governance, rule of law, transparency and anti-corruption, as decision-makers use the SDGs, targets & indicators, and the 2030 Agenda to formulate new regulations and laws worldwide.


TIILO participates in global conferences and official sessions at the United Nations and meets with other non-governmental organizations, states and UN Secretariat staff to help conceptualize and develop new “soft law” and to monitor the implementation of international legal obligations under customary law and treaties. TIILO brings this experience to lawyers, judges, and policy makers.


TIILO offers training through lectures, workshops, policy analysis and guidance based on its specialized expertise. TIILO serves as an incubator of ideas through a network of faculty, students, professionals and others who focus on topics on the agenda of the UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, the International Law Commission, and international courts and tribunals. TIILO reaches the public through social media and our website, and offers university short courses and panel discussions.


TIILO measures the impact of its work by the involvement of its fellows, interns and partners in the work of the UN & by the application of concepts of corporate social and environmental responsibility, participation, transparency, access to information, and good governance in the private sector.


TIILO was created in 1992 and is fully accredited to the United Nations as a non-governmental organization through ECOSOC (roster status/CSD NGO) since 1996.


TIILO representatives have been participating in UN conferences and meetings since 1992:

  • Rio Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)
  • Conferences of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)
  • Beijing Women’s Conference
  • Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD annual meetings)
  • Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development
  • Open Working Group on Ageing
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

TIILO welcomes your interest and ideas for programs, projects and partnerships.