• Events

    18 May 2017


    Pro Bono Italia was launched yesterday as the first association of lawyers, law firms and forensic associations with the goal of promoting and spreading a pro bono culture throughout Italy.  Read more

  • Media Coverage

    20 April 2017

    Raymond Salas, PILnet Fellow 2012 - 2013

     We mourn the loss of Raymond Quiocho Salas, our 2012 – 2013 PILnet Fellow. Raymond spent nine months living and working alongside many of us in New York during the fellowship.  His passing is strongly felt across our offices and network of fellows. Raymond dedicated his work as a lawyer to defending the vulnerable and voiceless in the Philippines.  Such work included the rights of farmers, indigenous people, communities affected by environmental issues, and victims of trafficking. In addition to his advocacy work, Raymond was also a caring friend and a leader amongst the PILnet Fellows. He embraced both his life and work with vitality, leaving a mark on all who were privileged to know him.  The PILnet family will always remember him as a joyful, warm, and gentle soul: the one who always shared news with everyone and looked out for those around him. We are all grappling with this very sad news. Read more

  • Events

    18 April 2017

    PILnet Global Forum

      PILnet Global Forum16 - 19 October 2017, Budapest Law can be a powerful tool for justice but it does not deliver justice automatically. Around the world today, law is being used to maintain inequality, to legitimize the quietening of civil society organizations and to hinder human rights defenders that challenge the status quo. The 2017 PILnet Global Forum will focus on how we, as a global network, can reclaim law as a force for good and find ways to collaborate in making law work for all. Bringing together the expertise and networks of PILnet’s European, Russian and Asian Forums for the first time, the 2017 Global Forum will give local innovation a global stage. It will connect leading activists, academics, pro bono professionals and public interest law champions from around the world to share the most effective techniques and skills of both the public and private legal profession to benefit the public interest.  REGISTER FOR THE FORUM   The PILnet Global Forum will offer presentations, trainings, interactive workshops, awards and social events over four days. Join us in Budapest from 16-19 October 2017 to be a part of this project to ensure that law can work for everyone. Find out more about the Forum on our website. Want to organise a workshop at the Forum or suggest a topic that we should cover?  Click on the link below to submit your proposal. SUBMIT A PROPOSAL Read more

  • Project Updates

    06 April 2017

    FAQ - PILnet’s Residential Fellowship

    Is the fellowship paid? Yes. Every year, PILnet will grant a limited number of paid fellowships, which includes a stipend and health insurance coverage totaling USD $50,000. We encourage candidates with separate sources of funding to apply. If an applicant has their own funding, they should indicate that in their application. 1. Is the fellow responsible for securing their own visa? Yes. Fellows are required to have or be able to obtain a work visa for the duration of the fellowship. PILnet will provide supportive documentation as needed. 2. Does PILnet accept applications from all parts of the world? Yes. Candidates from all geographic regions are eligible. Particular attention will be given to candidates from regions where PILnet has offices and/or programs. 3. When does the fellowship start/end? The fellowship is scheduled to begin June 2017 and runs for up to one year. 4. Who is eligible to apply? The ideal candidates are students currently completing a relevant degree in public interest law or those who have completed such a degree within the last five years. 5. How does the redesigned program differ from the previous PILnet fellowship? The program differs significantly from the previous PILnet fellowship in the following ways: CandidatesThe redesigned fellowship targets students currently completing a relevant degree in public interest law and those who have completed such a degree within the last five years, as opposed to mid-career lawyers. Candidates no longer need to be nominated by an NGO to apply. FormatThe fellowship will be based in-house at PILnet’s NYC offices, rather than at a university campus. It will include experiential learning in developing transactional lawyering approaches to public interest matters, complemented by workshops and classroom-style training carried out by leading legal academics and practitioners. FocusRather than focusing on conventional human rights advocacy, the fellowship offers a unique experience to re-envision the very way that effective public interest lawyering can be done in our globalized world, especially focusing on using commercial lawyering tools for the public interest. 6. Will the program provide housing for the fellowship duration? Fellows will be responsible for their own living arrangements. Click here to download the FAQ in a pdf version. Read more

  • Project Updates

    24 February 2017

    Call for Fellowship Applications

    PILnet is excited to announce the launch of its redesigned Residential Fellowship Program that will begin in summer 2017. PILnet invites recent law graduates and those currently completing relevant degrees in public interest law to apply for this new fellowship, which offers a unique experience to re-envision the way that effective public interest lawyering can be done in our globalized world. This fellowship will provide an experiential learning opportunity in a new area of public interest lawyering that takes the techniques that have historically been used to benefit a powerful few and puts them to work for the poor and disenfranchised. Fellows at PILnet will acquire the skills to adopt the private sector’s transactional lawyering tools (those day-to-day activities—such as negotiating, drafting contracts, and helping to structure transactions), and focus on innovative ways of putting them to work for the public interest. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 Fellowship.  Please check back for an announcement for the 2018 – 2019 cohorts. For more information on the Fellowship, click here. Read more

  • Media Coverage

    14 December 2016

    Court Upholds Asset Freeze of PILnet Fellow Azza Soliman

    The court proceeding in the case against Azza Soliman, originally scheduled for Monday, December 12, was adjourned until today, December 14. During the hearing, the court upheld the asset freeze that was imposed on Ms. Soliman on November 20, in absentia and without her prior knowledge. The judge did not allow the defense to present their arguments, preventing Ms. Soliman’s lawyers from challenging the charges brought against her. This is a violation of Egypt’s constitutional and international law obligations to provide due process before punishment. Furthermore, Ms. Soliman is prohibited from appealing the verdict until three months after the date it was issued. As a result, Ms. Soliman will not be able to access her personal or professional bank accounts for at least three months. Nor is she allowed to leave the country, due to a continuing travel ban. PILnet supports the right of Ms. Soliman and other human rights defenders to represent the public interest and condemns  Egypt’s crackdown on civil society.” For the full story, click here>> For further information, please contact Maysa Zorob, PILnet's Senior Legal Officer for the Middle East and North Africa at Read more

  • Media Coverage

    09 December 2016

    PILnet Stands with its Fellow, Human Rights Lawyer Azza Soliman

    On December 7, 2016, Azza Soliman, prominent human rights lawyer, PILnet Fellow, and founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Aid (CEWLA), was arrested at her home in Cairo. Shortly thereafter she was brought before a judge and charged with (1) receiving foreign funding to harm state interest, (2) establishing an entity that conducts NGO-like activities, and (3) tax evasion. Later that day, Ms. Soliman was released on bail and her court date was set for 12 December. Read more

  • Project Updates

    21 November 2016

    2016 European Pro Bono Awards

    On November 17, PILnet announced the recipients of this year’s European Pro Bono Awards in a ceremony held as part of the 10th Annual European Pro Bono Forum. Reed Smith received the Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest Award for its work with Greek NGO METAdrasi, the Romanian NGO ACTEDO received the Award for Local Pro Bono Impact, and Intigam Aliyev received the newly established European Publico Award. Read more

  • Events

    10 November 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Fighting Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE)

    White & Case and ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) have been shortlisted for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest. Together, this law firm and NGO conducted the first comprehensive global study of substantive and procedural law related to online child sexual exploitation. New technologies—from cloud computing to the dark web—have made online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) more pervasive than ever. Read more

  • Events

    06 November 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Promoting Health Care Justice in Poland

    Aneta Sieradzka has been shortlisted for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact for her work to change health care regulations in Poland. As a young lawyer based in Poland, she led the efforts of the LexFirma Law Firm in Cracow to update and inform the public on the new government’s laws on health care provision and access to treatment. Read more