Opening Event

The 6th European Pro Bono Week kicked off with a virtual launch event on June 10th at 3 PM CET focusing on the Harmonization of Pro Bono across Europe. This webinar featured a panel discussion between various actors coming from the pro bono ecosystem around Europe with perspectives coming from a law firm, clearinghouse, legal clinic, and the European Bars Federation. The discussion touched on the regulatory, technical, and practical aspects of harmonization.

Event Speakers

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Lance Bartholomeusz

General Counsel, UNHCR
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Özgür Kahale

Pro Bono Director for Europe, DLA Piper
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Daria Sartori

Executive Director NYU EU Public Interest Law Clinic | Founding Partner and Supervisor Rule 39 Pro Bono Initiative | Co-founder Pro Publico
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Filip Czernicki

Centrum PRO BONO
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Izabela Konopacka

President of European Bars Federation

Country Events


June 13: This event focuses on the state of pro bono in Belgium with speakers from the Flemish and French-speaking bar associations and representatives from civil society organisations.

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June 11 &12: The program will focus on the importance of pro bono support for civil society and Pro Bono Germany's initiative to reform the Professional Code of Conduct for lawyers to remove barriers to pro bono.

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June 12: The 7th Italy Pro Bono Day, to be held on Wednesday 12th June 2024 from 12 to 16 at Dentons offices in Milan, comprises the 50th Italian Pro Bono Roundtable and a seminar on 'The Third Sector at the time of AI's Role of the organised civil society between responsibilities and opportunities', organised by Pro Bono Italia in collaboration with The Good Lobby, AIGI and I-Com.

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June 10: This event, organized by Centrum Pro Bono and GIDE firm, will consist of a pro bono roundtable and a legal seminar for NGOs on issues they face.

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June 13: This year's edition will focus on projects relating different realities of inequality that particularly affect people with disabilities.

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June 11: The pro bono roundtable event in Paris on 11 June will focus on legal needs providing an overview on current trends and pro bono lawyers sharing their experiences.

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June 14: The event will be held in Miskolc, North East of Hungary, to promote legal pro bono amongst local lawyers and local civil society organisations. The event/organizing committee is planning to hold a pro bono 101 workshop where they present the opportunities pro bono offers to lawyers and civil society organisations.

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June 12-13: There are two in-person events, which will bring together members of the legal profession and civil society organizations. Theses events are:
1. Strengthening Reflections from a Pro Bono Partnership - Kids in Need of Defense
2. The Irish Pro Bono Ecosystem: Celebrating Impact and Horizon Scanning for New Opportunities

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The primary goal of this event is to foster and promote the pro bono culture among legal professionals in Luxembourg. As a first step, they are organising a roundtable discussion to exchange views and best practices.

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The Netherlands

June 10-14: This year's focus is on pro bono lawyers & firms as part of the community addressing global challenges. Events including NGO workshops, roundtables, and exchanges covering topics such as Climate, Defamation & SLAPPs; Pro bono & ESG (for firms); and Navigating differences (professional standards & conflict).

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Spain (Closed Event)

To mark the launch of the Safe Pathways to Spain Project and as part of EPBW, Herbert Smith Freehills is hosting a talk with Dorothy Estrada, Chair of the UN Working Group for Discrimination Against Women & Girls and Magdalena Queipol and Judith Padilla of Accem discussing discrimination faced by women in Afghanistan. This event is organized by Accem, Herbert Smith Freehills, Allen & Overy Shearman, Freshfields, and Simmons & Simmons.


June 13: This year, the event in Ukraine will be focused on strengthening civil society organisations. In times of war, we see that everything quickly changes. This event will include special educational webinars from the experts of law firms for the representatives of NGOs.

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