1. Foundation for Assistance to Relatives of Stroke Patients “ORBI”:

Russian social foundation needs a legal assistance with the amendments to the Charter and their further registration

NGO: Foundation for Assistance to Relatives of Stroke Patients “ORBI”

Website: https://orbifond.ru/

Project: Legal assistance with amendments to the Charter

Jurisdictions: Russia

Legal topics: NGOs, amendments to constituent documents

Deadline: May 31, 2024 NEW ASAP

Language: Russian

Criteria: Knowledge of the specifics of NGO regulation, experience in drawing up constituent documents and interaction with the Ministry of Justice


Additional Information:

The ORBI Foundation is the first specialized foundation that deals with the problem of stroke in Russia. The Foundation helps people who have experienced the disease, as well as their relatives and friends, supports medical institutions and provides advanced training courses for medical staff. In addition, the Foundation draws society’s attention to the problem of stroke, raises awareness about the symptoms of the disease and the importance of timely qualified assistance. 

At the moment, the Foundation needs to bring its constituent documents into compliance with the requirements of the law, in particular, include information about the seal, and therefore the Foundation is looking for assistance from pro bono lawyers with amendments to the Charter on the presence of a seal, change of address and inclusion of additional OKVED codes, as well as subsequent registration of changes with the Ministry of Justice and the tax authority.

2. PILnet:

International public interest law organization seeks pro bono legal assistance with educational course on environmental law in Russia

NGO: PILnet

Website: https://www.pilnet.org/

Project: Preparing video lectures for an educational course on environmental law in Russia 

Jurisdictions: Russia

Legal topics: Environmental law, environmental rights

Deadline: July, 2024 NEW

Language: Russian

Criteria: Knowledge in environmental law and environmental rights, experience in using judicial and extrajudicial mechanisms for protecting environmental rights, knowledge in ESG


Additional Information:

PILnet is an international non-governmental organization that creates opportunities for social change by unlocking law’s full potential. PILnet work has focused on mobilizing all lawyers to use their expertise and skills to benefit civil society organizations (“CSOs”) and the communities they serve, empowering them to recognize and use the full potential of law to address the needs of communities they work with, as well as to strengthen their resilience. 

Environmental law and rights are crucial today as they protect the environment, human health, and promote sustainability. Understanding them empowers individuals to engage in decision-making, protect their environment, access remedies for violations, and advocate for sustainable practices. This knowledge is essential for promoting environmental protection, holding authorities accountable, and ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

To help non-profit organizations, students and all parties interested in protecting environmental rights, PILnet is working with partners to develop an educational course on environmental law and environmental rights.

The objectives of the course are: to show general theses and trends in environmental law in the modern world; provide an understanding of environmental rights, current issues and their consequences in case of inaction; teach legal methods and mechanisms for protecting the environment and environmental rights in Russia; to increase and strengthen the community of lawyers and activists protecting nature through law and promoting environmental rights.

The PILnet team, in collaboration with partners, has developed a course outline that consists of 20 lessons, each of which includes 5-7 minute videos, as well as additional materials for training and presentation. The course will be hosted on the PILnet learning platform. The course is scheduled to launch in September 2024.

To prepare individual course lessons, PILnet is looking for pro bono lawyers interested in cooperation. Lessons include topics related to the environmental agenda and SDGs in terms of environmental rights, reviewing the main environmental problems in Russia, as well as highlight extrajudicial and judicial mechanisms for protecting environmental rights and others. The course program and a complete list of available topics will be provided upon request from interested lawyers.

3. PILnet:

International public interest law organization seeks assistance with research on employment law to support new Global Employment Guide for nonprofit organizations

NGO: PILnet

Website: https://www.pilnet.org/

Project: Research on employment law to support a new Global Employment Guide for nonprofits

Jurisdictions: Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, more information about other jurisdictions here 

Legal topics: Employment  law, remote work, independent consultants

Deadline: July, 2024 (flexible) Ongoing

Language: English 

Criteria: Expertise in employment law, knowledge of taxation and non-profit law in relation to employment


Additional Information:

PILnet is a global non-governmental organization that creates opportunities for social change by unlocking law’s full potential. With programs in Europe & Eurasia, Asia, and at the global level, PILnet aims to reclaim and reimagine the role of law so that it works for the benefit of all.

For many employers, the pandemic and the increasing displacement of workers following events in Ukraine, Russia and Afghanistan has led to a greater diversity in types of workers and their physical location. For non-profit organizations, it can be difficult to navigate and comply with the legal framework as it applies to each of these types of workers and the different jurisdictions they work in. 

PILnet is working on a project that  aims to strengthen the resilience and autonomy of non-profit organizations by providing an easily accessible and user-friendly guide on employment  laws in numerous jurisdictions worldwide. Currently, PILnet together with its partners have completed work on developing a questionnaire for the research and looking for pro bono lawyers to research the employment labor laws in their respective jurisdictions.