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PILnet works to expand access to justice by supporting legal aid reform in Russia.Follow our work in Russia »
Defending Rights. Delivering Justice.
PILnet promotes human rights by empowering advocates like PILnet Fellow Dezideriu Gergely, who uses strategic litigation and other legal tools to combat anti-Roma racism.more on Dezideriu's work »
Justice needs advocates. Advocates like you.
Fellow Tong Lihua leads efforts to strengthen public interest advocacy in China by mobilizing lawyers who protect the rights of children and migrant workers.where we work: China »
PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law is pleased to invite applications for the PILnet Fellowship for 2014-2015. PILnet will select lawyers from Brazil, China, the Middle East and North Africa region (especially Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia), Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, Southeast Asia (especially Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma) and Vietnam) for eight months of study and practical experience in New York. Read more
This form is for use by pro bono clearinghouses to screen potential NGO clients. Read more
This paper is an English translation of the introductory chapter of Legal Education in Russia: In the Search of New Quality Standards [Yuridicheskoe obrazovanie v Rossii: poisk novykh standartov kachestva], published by PILnet™ in 2014 in Russian as part of the project Legal Education in Russia: Building Institutional Will for Reform. The project and the publication funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Read more
Building on the success of last year’s legal ethics training for Russian law students, PILnet and its partners held a second edition of the four-day intensive session in Moscow, 7-10 November 2012. Read more
Dan Manning, 2012. This report was prepared on behalf of a network of legal services NGOs in the Western Balkans, known as the Ohrid Initiative for Free Legal Aid. The purpose of the report is to call attention to achievements of legal aid organizations, opportunities to create stable institutions promoting legal empowerment, and the risk that the investments already made will be lost. This report is the outcome of an exploratory visit to Kosovo made by the author Dan Manning and PILnet's Dmitry Shabelnikov in the spring of 2012. Read more
Elena Burmitskaya, Lambert Academic Publishing What are the main objectives and priorities for reforming the Russian system of state-funded criminal legal aid, and can the best international models in this field be adapted for Russia? This English language book--available here in an abbreviated form--provides an analysis of various models of state-funded criminal legal aid around the world and identifies best practices for application in the Russian context. Read more
Organized by the Lagos State Public Interest Law Partnership (LPILP), the inaugural Lagos State Pro Bono Week highlights both the growing support for public interest law in Nigeria overall and the ongoing dedication of a core group of clearinghouse supporters. A series of events, taking place in Lagos between 7-11 April 2014, celebrates the achievements of LPILP to date, setting the stage for the future of access to justice in the region. Pro Bono Week brings together NGOs and the legal community as the building blocks of a local clearinghouse model; one that can be applied across a broad spectrum of need in Nigeria. The impact of the week is already tangible. As a result of a sign-on meeting held on 9 April, the number of law firms that have committed their resources to the LPILP's pro bono scheme rose from 61 to over a hundred; a new clinic was launched at the Nigerian law school; and 1400 law students demonstrated their enthusiasm by attending the launch-day debates. Read more
The winners of the 2013 Hungarian Pro Bono Awards were honored on Saturday, 16 November, as part of a ceremony marking National Attorneys Day. PILnet, in collaboration with the Hungarian Bar Association, bestows the annual awards upon those individuals and firms that have strengthened civil society through exceptional pro bono efforts within their communities. The 2013 Attorney of the Year, Nóra Gaál, is a solo practitioner from Miskolc and the Budapest office of Horváth és Társai DLA Piper accepted the award in the law firm category. Read more
An intense debate has recently arisen about the future of global human rights. All sides seem to be in agreement with the central thesis, proposed by Stephen Hopgood, which is that, to be effective, human rights strategies must adapt to a changed, "multipolar world of dispersed state and social power." Read more
A Strong Voice for Children’s Rights in Hungary
As the director of UNICEF Hungary and head of the clinical program at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Law School in Budapest, PILnet Fellow Szilvia Gyurkó has established herself as a steady, strong voice on behalf of Hungary’s children.
Gyurkó’s commitment to children’s rights dates from her time as a PILnet International Fellow in 2007-08. “The Fellowship was a turning point,” she said. “I attended a child advocacy program that was also a clinic, and I became convinced of the importance of child advocacy, particularly in Hungary where it didn’t really exist as a concept.”Read more learn more about our fellows »