In 2002, PILnet established an office in Budapest, Hungary, from which it coordinated efforts across Central and Eastern Europe designed to enhance access to justice for poor and socially vulnerable populations, strengthen civil society and reform legal education. These efforts included fellowships and a wide range of workshops, conferences, and publications focused on issues ranging from freedom of information campaigns in Serbia, to anti-discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina to educational desegregation strategies in Hungary and Romania. PILnet also focused on reforming legal education to make it more socially responsive, largely by supporting and developing university-based legal clinics.
More recently, PILnet introduced the concept of pro bono practice in Central Europe, initially through its Hungarian Pro Bono Clearinghouse and later through a network of additional PILnet and partner clearinghouses. To further network private sector lawyers and NGOs and advance local cultures of pro bono, PILnet convenes the annual European Pro Bono Forum.
- Pro Bono Clearinghouses