ICNL’s New Report – Foreign Influence Registration Laws and Civil Society: An Analysis and Responses

May 1, 2024

Governments worldwide are adopting foreign influence registration requirements in the name of transparency, but many are using these laws to burden, stigmatize, and criminalize civil society. For example, Kyrgyzstan enacted such legislation while Georgia is currently considering a similar law. This new report from the International Center for Non-profit Law (ICNL) examines the impact of different features of these laws on civil society and offers strategies to combat overbroad foreign influence legislation. Some potential response strategies and tactics for civil society listed in the report include monitoring government narratives on foreign influence registration laws, building civil society alliances, developing robust communication strategies, and using domestic legal channels to challenge the laws.

Access the full report here.