Held every year in a different city, or virtually when necessary, PILnet’s Global Forum convenes around 400 lawyers and advocates from around the world to forge alliances and develop strategies for using the law to protect civil society and the communities they serve. The PILnet Global Forum features presentations, interactive workshops, social events, and structured networking opportunities for attendees to learn from one another and to form collaborations to help make our societies stronger and more resilient.
PILnet has hosted annual pro bono Forums since 2007, first in Budapest, with the location weaving across Europe and Asia, from Berlin and Warsaw, to Madrid, Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Bali, and Moscow.
One of the most remarkable developments in the field of law over the past two decades has been the rapid growth of pro bono and public interest law around the globe. PILnet has long played a central role in that development, particularly through its Forums.
When the first Forum was held in 2007, support for pro bono was on the rise, but its presence in Europe was modest and its long-term expansion uncertain. While pro bono has become established and embedded among communities across the globe since then, the field of public interest law continues to face new challenges in an ever-changing landscape.
The PILnet Global Forum remains as relevant as ever, to build the work and practice of lawyers everywhere to engage collaboratively in a global effort to protect and advance the public interest around the world.