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PILnet works to expand access to justice by supporting legal aid reform in Russia.

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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.

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Pro Bono Is Pro Justice.

Our Pro Bono Forum brings together lawyers from all over the world who are dedicated to ensuring greater access to justice.

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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.

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  • 2014 PILnet Fellowship: Call for ApplicationsPublic Interest Lawyering

    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

  • Global Pro Bono Clearinghouse NGO Screening Form May 2013guidelines/faq

    This form is for use by pro bono clearinghouses to screen potential NGO clients.   Read more

  • Nominations Open for European Award for Partnership in the Public InterestNews

    PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law is seeking nominations for the fourth annual European Award for Partnership in the Public Interest, which will recognize the best pro bono legal project (or projects) undertaken jointly between a nongovernmental organization and a law firm in Europe.   Read more

  • Lagos State Pro Bono WeekNews

    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

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Delivering Justice

Beyond Geopolitics: Realizing International Human Rights Globally

Beyond Geopolitics: Realizing International Human Rights Globally

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

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Szilvia Gyurko

Szilvia Gyurko

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.”

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