Request for Case Studies

Have you been working pro bono to fight the climate crisis? We want to hear from you!

PILnet and the Australian Pro Bono Centre (Centre) have joined forces to create the Global Pro Bono Climate Action Portal. The Portal features case studies from across the globe that illustrate the broad range of activities (in addition to litigation) that lawyers are undertaking to combat climate change on a pro bono basis. We are actively seeking case studies to add to the Portal on an ongoing basis.

The Portal follows the success of the Centre’s 2020 Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis. The Guide describes 15 different ways that lawyers can dedicate their expertise, experience, and resources through pro bono work to help tackle the climate crisis with compelling case studies from around the world. The Portal will build on the Guide, by featuring a regularly updated and evolving range of case studies from a larger number of countries to inspire and inform the global legal profession.

We are hoping that the Portal will serve as an inspiration both to lawyers who want to dedicate their expertise, experience, and resources to tackle the climate crisis, but aren’t sure where to start, as well as to NGOs working on climate change to get ideas on how lawyers can help.

If you’re a lawyer who has worked pro bono to fight climate change or an NGO that worked with lawyers, please submit a case study of your work below!

Submit a Case Study

Please submit all case studies for consideration via the button below. All submitted case studies will be reviewed and considered for inclusion by the Centre and PILnet.

We are accepting submissions to the Portal on an ongoing basis.

Submit Case Study

Guidelines for Submission

  • Case studies must be a maximum of 1500 characters. The word limit is short because the case studies are intended to be a source of inspiration for pro bono lawyers, not a comprehensive analysis of each activity. 
  • Each case study should include a brief description of the pro bono work, including:
    • the time period during which the work took place / is taking place
    • the type of assistance provided
    • the beneficiaries of the assistance
    • the outcome (if the matter has concluded), or the intended outcome
    • (ideally) a quote from a lawyer involved in the project, or a recipient of the pro bono assistance. 
  • We are also eager to hear from you if you would like to present your case study in a non-written format (such as a short video or audio recording), which could be original content or a link to an existing broadcast news story or radio interview about your work. Please indicate on the online form if you are interested in this approach.

Please note it may not be possible to feature every submitted case study in the portal. 

If you have any questions about providing a case study, please contact us at [email protected]

Pro Bono Examples

We are seeking case studies for the Portal that illustrate and bring to life many different pro bono activities to help combat the climate crisis: 

  1. Running strategic climate litigation
  2. Working on law reform activities 
  3. Offering commercial legal advice to not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises 
  4. Establishing a climate justice clinic in collaboration with a university
  5. Providing a secondee to a civil society organisation working to combat climate change (or, for individual lawyers or law students, volunteering at such an organisation)
  6. Providing legal assistance to Indigenous peoples who are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis
  7. Conducting legal research about the intersection between human rights and climate change
  8. Providing legal advice, information, and advocacy to those fighting climate change (i.e., climate activists)
  9. Providing legal information and advice to those affected by a natural disaster
  10. Offering immigration law advice to people displaced by the effects of climate change
  11. Giving legal support to NGOs and developing country delegations in international climate change negotiations
  12. Providing community legal education
  13. Providing legal assistance to communities particularly affected by the climate crisis 
  14. Delivering training to community lawyers
  15. Expanding the role of the pro bono lawyer – embedding climate transition and environmental factors in commercial decision-making.
  16. Othernot listed above. You are also welcome to submit case studies that don’t fit neatly into one of the categories above!

For more information about each of these activities, and examples of case studies that fit into these categories, see the Centre’s Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis