1. Public Foundation "Erkindik Qanaty":

Public Foundation from Kazakhstan needs help in analyzing the legislation of a number of countries on accreditation procedures for national election observers

NGO: Public Foundation “Erkindik Qanaty”

Website: https://erkindikqanaty.com

Project: Analysis of legislation on the accreditation procedure for national election observers

Jurisdictions: Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan

Legal topics: Principles of international election observation, regulation of the status of election observers

Deadline: September 20, 2022, ASAP

Language: English, Russian 

Criteria: Knowledge of legislation in the field of international election observation, knowledge of law enforcement practice in the field of election observation

Additional Information:

Public Foundation “Erkindik Qanaty” was established on March 6, 2015. The Foundation is a human rights organization of an open type, which has accumulated the experience and values acquired in the process of forming an active civic position of the organizers and volunteers of the Foundation. The main areas of the foundation’s work are public protection and promotion of rights and freedoms, educational programs, research, including through monitoring, as well as participation in legislative activities.

In July 2022, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan published a draft law “On amendments and additions to some Constitutional laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the implementation of the message of the Head of State dated March 16, 2022”.

The presented draft law, in particular, involves the introduction of amendments to the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Elections in the Republic of Kazakhstan”.

One of the key additions to the current legislation is the expansion of the powers of the Central Electoral Commission and the relevant territorial election commissions and the restriction of the activities of Kazakhstani non-governmental organizations working in the field of monitoring the electoral processes in the country.

The Fund believes that the amendments to the legislation violate international principles established in the field of electoral law and the activities of independent observers. The Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan refers to the fact that the new changes are consistent with the practice of other countries and with the UN principles in the area of internationally recognized status of election observers.

Currently, the Fund requires the assistance of pro bono lawyers, expressed in the analysis of the current legislation in a number of countries – the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Georgia, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Canada, the USA, Germany, as well as international documents ratified by Kazakhstan, in order to determine compliance legislative initiatives of the Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan to current international standards.

2. PILnet:

International public interest law organization seeks pro bono legal assistance with research on cryptocurrency and NFTs

NGO: PILnet 

Website:  https://www.pilnet.org/

Project: Research on the legal regulation of fundraising with cryptocurrency and NFTs 

Jurisdictions: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia 

Legal topics: Banking and finance, company law, tax law

Deadline: October, 2022

Language: Russian, English

Criteria: Knowledges in legal regulation of cryptocurrency and NFT, IT

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. PILnet also aims to nurture the next generation of public interest lawyers by empowering law students to use the law to address social justice needs.

There is an increasing number of charities across the world that have started accepting cryptocurrency as donations, including UNICEF and the Salvation Army. New platforms like The Giving Block and DoinGud are helping nonprofits to raise funds with cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”). 

To help charities better understand the opportunities and risks involved in working in this new context, PILnet plans to develop several tools for non-profit organizations: (1) Guidebook and
(2) a webinar.

  1. To develop a guidebook PILnet seeks assistance of pro bono lawyers to complete research on cryptocurrency and NFTs in jurisdictions mentioned above, using a questionnaire that will be developed by PILnet and its partners.
  2. To develop a webinar for non-profit organizations PILnet seeks help of pro bono lawyers interested in cooperation to build a webinar  that would explore the possibilities of using cryptocurrencies and NFTs for fundraising in the Eurasia region ( primarily focus on Russian, Belorussian and Kazakhstan jurisdictions). 

The webinar should:

  1. Provide a brief overview of blockchain-based technology, cryptocurrency, and NFTs;
  2. Identify successful projects using cryptocurrency and NFTs to fundraise for good;
  3. Help CSOs understand the fundraising process and regulatory requirements;
  4. Recommend best practices for CSOs to comply with the regulatory requirements.

Partners can participate both in the preparation of the webinar and the guidebook, or volunteer for a part of the project.