Trainers from the Inns of Court College of Advocacy International Committee will be visiting Sierra Leone in February, April and May to deliver advocacy training. The first stage will be to train Sierra Leonean judges and senior lawyers to be advocacy trainers. The second stage will then be advocacy training for junior lawyers, run by the ICCA and the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) jointly. The intention is that the training will then be run in the future by the SLBA itself.

To support the SLBA in establishing its own advocacy training body, the International Law Book Facility (ILBF), in collaboration with the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network (UKSLPBN), is planning to ship a number of textbooks on advocacy and advocacy training to the SLBA. The textbooks will be an invaluable complement to the training and help to enhance its impact and long-term sustainability.

This ILBF and UKSLPBN project builds on a very fruitful partnership between the two organisations over the last eight years which has delivered over 6,000 books in support of the UKSLPBN’s pioneering work in Sierra Leone with the judiciary, the legal profession, law schools and universities. Organisations that have received valuable legal textbooks include the Judiciary, the Ministry of Justice, Sierra Leone Law School, Sierra Leone Bar Association, Fourah Bay College, University of Makeni and Njala University. In 2022, the ILBF and UKSLPBN worked with the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) to deliver very-well received training for law librarians at institutions in Sierra Leone who curate and manage collections of legal textbooks, including books from the ILBF.

While the ILBF receives donations of textbooks on a wide range of subjects, advocacy textbooks are proving more difficult to source. If any recently qualified barristers, or barristers’ chambers’ libraries, would like to find a new and very appreciative home for their books on advocacy, please email Katrina Crossley ( The goal is to make a shipment in the next month so that the books arrive in advance of the training in the spring.

The ILBF’s mission is to share legal knowledge – since it was founded in 2005 by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the ILBF has shipped 88,000 books to 280 organisations in 57 countries. Books are donated by law students, lawyers, law firms, barristers’ chambers, courts and legal publishers. Teams of volunteers sort and pack books ready for shipment by sea freight. Legal textbooks from the ILBF support education, legal consistency, authority and fairness in the legal system in jurisdictions where up to date legal materials are not widely available and access to the internet is not a given.

Repurposing printed texts also helps to drive sustainability in the legal sector by saving valuable books from landfill and using sea freight minimises the ILBF’s carbon footprint. The ILBF’s work supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all, and SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals. The ILBF partners with multiple organisations in the UK to further rule of law programmes.

To read more about the ILBF and find out how you can help, visit the website at