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International NGO Law and Policy Project (INLPP)

Information about the project

Founded in Fall 2020, the International NGO Law and Policy Project (INLPP) provides legal, policy, research, communications, and advocacy services to NGOs around the world free of charge. Clients include refugee, children and human rights organizations in Switzerland, Europe and North America and community development organizations working in Africa. Although our legal expertise is limited to questions of U.S., Swiss and international law, our policy-related research and advocacy expertise is quite broad.

The INLPP is staffed by students in ZHAW’s Department of Business Law working under the supervision of the Director, Alexandra Dufresne. The INLPP provides ZHAW students with an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills developed through their academic coursework to solve real world challenges. It also provides ZHAW students the opportunity to provide top-notch client service to NGOs and nonprofits working in a wide range of cultural, political and legal environments. Students receive course credit for their work in the project.

For more information about the International NGO Law and Policy Project (INLPP) visit our Update-Blog.

If you are a student interested in applying to take part in the INLPP, please contact Dr. Dufresne at

If you are part of a NGO or nonprofit looking for assistance, please contact Dr. Dufresne at or directly at +41 77 946 23 00.  We also welcome inquiries from individuals and groups who are in the early stages of building their nonprofit organization and who have not yet received formal nonprofit status.


Dr. Alexandra Dufresne

Dr. Alexandra Dufresne

ZHAW School of Management and Law
Department Business Law

+41 (0) 77 946 23 00