Our Work

PILnet envisions a world where the rule of law delivers justice and protects human rights. PILnet collaborates with local partners around the globe to develop the legal landscape essential to rights-respecting societies. It provides lawyers with the tools they need to challenge injustice, strengthens the ability of citizens to shape law and policy, and connects a global community of activist lawyers who are using law to advance change.

PILnet furthers these goals through four primary strategies:

Public Interest Lawyering

PILnet builds the capacity of activist lawyers working in NGOs through fellowships, skill-building workshops, resource dissemination, and other means.

Pro Bono

PILnet’s pro bono clearinghouses bridge the gap between lawyers seeking opportunities to provide legal help and those who need it around the world, thus strengthening the ability of civil society to influence laws and policies and assisting marginalized people gain access to justice.

Legal Aid

PILnet collaborates with key stakeholders–national governments, local governments, and bar associations–to design context-appropriate legal aid systems and engages NGO partners to make systems of justice more effective and accessible.

Legal Education

PILnet works to enhance law schools so that they more effectively promote ethical values, develop broad analytical and problem-solving skills, and provide knowledge of the social effects of the law in order to produce socially responsible lawyers.