Exploring the Intersections: Climate Change, Displacement and Civic Space

When: April 16, 2024 13:00-18:30 GMT

Where: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
22 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4BQ

PILnet is pleased to announce a meeting of legal professionals and NGOs interested in pro bono and the intersections of climate change, displacement, and civic space. We’re organizing an afternoon of interactive sessions in London on April 16, 2024, at the offices of our hosts, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Climate change and large-scale displacement are defining issues of our time, intricately linked in their impact on communities worldwide. At this event, we’ll delve into how these two urgent challenges are connected, while highlighting the pivotal role of civil society in developing sustainable, community-led solutions. How can pro bono lawyers effectively respond to these global crises in partnership with civil society?

Together, let’s explore the intersection of climate change, displacement, and civic space, fostering a dialogue that paves a way forward.


All times are listed in GMT.

*Please note, agenda is subject to change.

April 16, 2024

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 2:10 pm

Unpacking the Intersections of Climate Change, Displacement and Civic Space

An interactive and participatory session to explore the intersections between climate change, displacement and civic space as they relate to public interest law. We will learn more about the value of taking an intersectional approach and discuss opportunities for collaboration between pro bono lawyers and civil society working on these pressing issues.

2:10 pm – 2:40 pm

Coffee Break

2:40 pm – 3:50 pm

Diving into ESG, Pro Bono and Conflict of Interest

A thought-provoking discussion as we explore how firms are strategically developing their pro bono practices amidst the diverse interests and expectations of various stakeholders: business owners, clients, employees, future talent, clearinghouses and communities. This delicate balance of stakeholder considerations in nurturing a pro bono culture mirrors the broader challenge faced by firms and businesses of all sizes as they craft their ESG strategies.

  • Kerry Stares, Charles Russell Speechlys
  • Veronika Pišorn, Pro Bono Connect (NL)
  • Nina Garnham, Shearman & Sterling

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

Coffee Break

4:20 pm – 5:30 pm

Climate Change and Displacement: Intersections and Opportunities

An informative and interactive session to explore the intersections between two of the biggest global issues of our time: climate change and displacement. Participants will learn from those already engaged in pro bono efforts at this intersection and contribute to the discussion about future opportunities for meaningful pro bono work.

  • Lucy Claridge, International Lawyers Project
  • Milly Thomas, DLA Piper UK
  • Ali Al-Karim, Brick Court Chambers

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Closing Remarks and Wine Reception