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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 »
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A gathering in the Arab region to explore the potential impact of cause lawyering was held in Beirut, Lebanon, 4-6 July 2013. The meeting was organized jointly by PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law and Legal Agenda. The meeting convened 60 leading figures from the regional and international legal communities to address where cause lawyering stands in the Middle East and North Africa and how it can be employed to strengthen social justice. Read more
Standing on the front lines of public interest advocacy, PILnet’s International Fellows in China are faced with critical questions of strategy. Is legal aid the most effective way to advance the interests of the public, or is NGO advocacy? Or perhaps engaging the private sector through pro bono? 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
Legal clinicians from across Europe recently set down the foundation for a new network. ENCLE, the European Network for Clinical Legal Education, will serve as an information hub and an open resource for the continent’s clinical community, including law schools, instructors, legal professionals, and NGOs. 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
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
On 24 October PILnet introduced the newest generation of European Pro Bono Award winners in a ceremony held as part of the 7th annual European Pro Bono Forum. PILnet awarded Dominque Attias, Jean-Luc Bedos and Denis Chemla lifetime achievement awards for their extraordinary contributions to the development of pro bono culture and Caritas Austria received the Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest. The accolades were presented at the Royal Castle of Warsaw. 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 »