Public Interest Lawyering News



  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • Events

    10 July 2013

    PILnet, Legal Agenda, Convene First Conference on Cause Lawyering in the Arab Region

    A gathering in the Arab region to explore the potential impact of cause lawyering was held in Beirut, Lebanon, 4-6 July 2013. The meeting was organized jointly by PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law and Legal Agenda. The meeting convened 60 leading figures from the regional and international legal communities to address where cause lawyering stands in the Middle East and North Africa and how it can be employed to strengthen social justice. Read more

  • Events

    07 May 2013

    Three Ways Are Better than One: Building Public Interest Law in China

    Standing on the front lines of public interest advocacy, PILnet’s International Fellows in China are faced with critical questions of strategy. Is legal aid the most effective way to advance the interests of the public, or is NGO advocacy? Or perhaps engaging the private sector through pro bono? Read more

  • Project Updates

    28 March 2013

    PILnet’s Mission and its Method Find a Home in Nepal

    After more than a decade of brutal civil war in Nepal, a peace treaty was signed in 2006—the same year PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law welcomed its first Nepali advocates to the International Fellows program. Since then, the Fellowship has included leading Nepali human rights lawyers in every class, in the process building an influential cadre of advocates who are deeply involved in shaping the country’s constitution and its legal system. Read more

  • Project Updates

    30 November 2012

    China Passes Landmark Reform to Mental Disability Law

    China has passed landmark legislation that for the first time begins to lay out the rights of the mentally disabled and addresses abuses in its mental health system such as involuntary incarceration. Legislative reforms were long sought by mental health activists, including PILnet Fellow Huang Xuetao and her colleagues at the Equity and Justice Initiative (EJI). Read more