Pro Bono

  • 25 October 2017

    2017 Global Pro Bono AwardsNews

    PILnet’s Global Pro Bono Awards celebrate efforts by individuals, law firms, and international civil society organizations that protect the public interest and advance access to justice. This year, in recognition of 20 years of growing one of the world’s most respected networks of pro bono professionals, nominations for the awards were welcomed from all continents.  Read more

  • 30 May 2017

    THIS WAY – Finding Community Legal Assistance in Hong KongNews

      “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

  • 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

  • 18 April 2017

    PILnet Global ForumNews

      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

  • 21 November 2016

    2016 European Pro Bono AwardsNews

    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

  • 10 November 2016

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

    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

  • 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

  • 06 November 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Promoting Health Care Justice in PolandNews

    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

  • 02 November 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Legal Aid for Greece’s StrandedNews

    PILnet has recognized the work carried out by Reed Smith and METAdrasi by shortlisting them for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest. Founded in 2010, METAdrasi (Action for Migration and Development) is a highly regarded Greek NGO devoted to facilitating the reception and integration of refugees and immigrants in Greece, primarily in providing interpretation services and the protection of unaccompanied children. Read more

  • 31 October 2016

    2016 Pro Bono Awards: Promoting Rights of Romania’s VulnerableNews

    The Equality and Human Rights Action Center (ACTEDO) has been shortlisted for PILnet’s 2016 European Award for Local Pro Bono Impact for its clearinghouse, Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights matches lawyers and law firms with individuals belonging to vulnerable groups whose rights have been violated or with human rights NGOs working with vulnerable groups. Read more