Europe

  • 09 November 2016

    The Growth of Pro Bono in EuropeReport

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Using the Power of Law for the Public Interest A Report by Lamin Khadar for the 10th Annual European Pro Bono Forum A modern pro bono movement is beginning to emerge in Europe. Although the tradition of pro bono practice stretches as far back as ancient and medieval Europe, modern pro bono practice has been developed anew, especially since the 1990s, by NGOs, foundations, and private lawyers. The emergence of modern pro bono practice in Europe was aided by the growth and internationalization of US and UK law firms committed to the institutionalization of pro bono in all of their offices, which has also coincided with a decline in legal aid in Europe. This report documents the long history of pro bono in Europe, with a special emphasis on developments in the past 10 years, which have witnessed significant activity toward building a culture of and the infrastructure for pro bono practice in Europe. Some of the field’s central debates and dilemmas, especially for its future, are captured here as a part of that review. This summary is a general overview of the issues covered in PILnet’s 10-year report, put together by Lamin Khadar. The full report, in a PDF printable version, will cover all of these issues in depth and will be available on this page shortly.Read more

  • 14 August 2013

    PILnet's Ed Rekosh Interviewed in Juriste d'Entreprise MagazineNews

    PILnet Executive Director Edwin Rekosh spoke on PILnet’s history, mission, and ongoing efforts to grow the increasingly robust global pro bono community in Juriste d'Entreprise Magazine's July 2013 issue. Read more

  • 22 March 2013

    2012 European Pro Bono Forum Agendaconference materials

    PILnet, October 25-26, 2012The Agenda for the 2012 European Pro Bono Forum held in Madrid, Spain.Read more

  • 22 March 2013

    2011 European Pro Bono Forum Agendaconference materials

    PILnet, November 17-18, 2011The Agenda for the 2011 European Pro Bono Forum held in Berlin, Germany. Read more

  • 18 January 2013

    Small Mercies: Delivering on the Promise of Child-Friendly Justice News

    Children need more than off-the-shelf advocates. Each year, thousands of juveniles across Central and Eastern Europe come face to face with judicial systems that are insensitive to their unique needs and lawyers who are inadequately trained to protect their rights. Read more

  • 29 November 2012

    PILnet’s 2nd Annual Hungarian Pro Bono Awards AnnouncedNews

    The Hungarian legal community joined PILnet and the Hungarian Bar Association on Saturday 24 November in congratulating the winners of the 2012 Annual Hungarian Pro Bono Awards.  Tamás Fazekas was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year and the Budapest office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges was honored as the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year at a ceremony held at the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court.  Read more

  • 19 November 2012

    PILnet’s 2012 Forum Underlined Urgent Role for Pro BonoNews

    From the moment the opening session’s audience fell silent and Spain’s Minister of Justice was ushered to the podium, it was clear that PILnet’s sixth annual European Pro Bono Forum had the potential to be a game-changer. With a record number of participants (more than 350) from a record number of countries (48), the 2012 Forum brought together a deeply engaged community of lawyers and NGO leaders committed to using pro bono to combat the social dislocations of a dire economic time. Read more

  • 14 November 2012

    PILnet Announces 2012 European Pro Bono Awards News

    Closing the 2012 European Pro Bono Forum on an inspiring high note, PILnet announced the recipients of this year’s European Pro Bono Awards on 26 October in Madrid. Poland’s Filip Czernicki received PILnet’s European Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Development of Pro Bono Culture; and the Peace Institute (Slovenia) and the Italian attorneys Anton Giulio Lana and Andrea Saccucci won the European Award for Partnership in the Public Interest. Read more

  • Addressing Social Justice: The Pro Bono Challenge in Spain

    24 October 2012

    Addressing Social Justice: The Pro Bono Challenge in SpainBlogs

    Madrid is a city of astonishing creativity and optimism, even during hard times. I’m here for PILnet’s 6th annual European Pro Bono Forum, which kicks off this Thursday, 25 October, and already Madrid’s legal and NGO communities have laid out a welcome that’s gracious and inspiring.  Read more

  • 15 October 2012

    PILnet Forum Highlights Advent of Pro Bono in SpainNews

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 October 2012—Offering an unprecedented focus on pro bono in Spain and the broader Spanish-speaking world and looking closely at the impact pro bono can have during a time of economic hardship, the 6th annual European Pro Bono Forum will be held in Madrid 25–26 October. Read more