Law and Development

Support to third sector organizations and international agencies


AFG Law and Development is a department of AFG Advogados designed to provide support to third sector organizations and international agencies operating in Timor-Leste in their advocacy and legal reform efforts to ensure the respect of the rule of law and human rights in the country. We believe that a strong human rights abiding legal framework is key for Timor-Leste development. Building such legal framework requires change makers (ie. third sector organizations) to have on their side knowledgeable and influential legal advice seasoned with a good understanding of the country’s actors, institutions and civil law legal system.


AFG Law and Development’s team combines a solid local and international legal knowledge and practice and a strong international development background. This unique feature allows us to provide legal services tailored to the needs of our clients, as we not only know the legal system in place, the local context and the official languages but we also understand their goals and challenges. We are confident of the value added by our team, which has international training and experience at top tier firms and third sector organizations in both common law and civil law countries as well as in Timor-Leste. This experience combined with our knowledge of international and comparative law ensures our clients that they obtain informed, efficient and reliable legal services. Our team is fluent in English, Portuguese, Tetum, Spanish and French.