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  • Project Updates

    17 October 2017

    Video as Evidence in the Middle East & North Africa

    After what some dubbed the Twitter or Facebook Revolution in 2011, combined with a consistent growth in mobile and smartphone use throughout the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), video evidence of crimes and human rights violations has increased dramatically. MENA presents a unique and burgeoning environment for the use of video evidence. However, increased documentation does not necessarily rhyme with increased justice. Read more

  • Project Updates

    05 September 2017

    Law for Change Student Competition

      PILnet proudly presents the inaugural Law for Change Student Competition, sponsored by the WYNG Foundation. This competition will pair law students and pro bono lawyers together to develop innovative solutions to entrenched social justices needs in Hong Kong, while raising general awareness about the role of law as a tool for change. Read more

  • Events

    22 June 2017

    The Barbara Schatz Fellowship Fund

    Established in 2017, the Barbara Schatz Fellowship Fund supports PILnet’s public interest law fellowship program, which provides young lawyers the opportunity to employ innovative legal means to protect the marginalized, disenfranchised, and poor. Named after PILnet’s founding board chair Barbara Schatz, the fund provides financial support for young lawyers from around the world to work at PILnet’s offices for a year alongside a global network of skilled private and public interest lawyers. The fellowship offers recent graduates a unique experience to put the powerful tools and techniques developed by corporate lawyers to work to protect and advance the public interest in the face of globalization, climate change, inequality, and mass migration.  Read more

  • Project Updates

    30 May 2017

    THIS WAY – Finding Community Legal Assistance in Hong Kong

      “I found out I needed to visit many different departments, and I also had to pay court fees,so I didn’t even dare to eat. Every night I was so hungry I could not sleep. 原來要走好多地方同埋要交錢比法庭,當時連去食飯都唔敢,每晚都訓唔著.   Working on a construction site in Hong Kong, "Mr. J" slipped off a building. The fall left him disabled, and before long, facing a myriad of legal issues. The eviction notice came first. He needed time, money, and advice to stave off homelessness, none of which was readily available. Ultimately, Mr. J kept his home but fell further down the security ladder, pushing him into a more marginal existence than before the accident.  Prompted by such need, PILnet and DLA Piper examined the status of access to justice in Hong Kong in a new report, THIS WAY – Finding Community Legal Assistance in Hong KongThe report considers the legal needs of low income and vulnerable communities in Hong Kong, the free legal services that are available, and the gaps that exist in between. Read more

  • Events

    18 May 2017

    FIRST PRO BONO ASSOCIATION OF LAWYERS LAUNCHED IN ITALY

    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

    In 2017, PILnet redesigned its Fellowship Program to offer a unique experiential learning opportunity for young public interest lawyers to work alongside PILnet staff. Here are answers to frequently asked questions:  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 mzorob@pilnet.org Read more