Awards

PILnet’s Global Awards recognize the best pro bono legal projects undertaken in a global context. PILnet’s key objective in bestowing these awards is to celebrate outstanding efforts, collaborative and independent, on behalf of civil society activities and public interest lawyering. Through the awards, PILnet also seeks to encourage the development of long-lasting and substantial partnerships and networks through which the legal community can better serve the public interest and advance social change.

New Format for 2020

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions are due September 20th.

This year, since the Global Forum is virtual, PILnet will be collecting videos submissions for the Global Awards. Videos should be less than three minutes long and must:

  • describe your project and its impact, including how this project has achieved a significant, positive impact through pro bono legal work,
  • the legal resources and types of engagement that were deployed during this project, and
  • whether this project demonstrates possibilities for future collaboration.

Then, based on a shortlist compiled by PILnet, all 2020 Forum attendees will vote on the best project in each category. Judging will be based on the quality of the project, not presentation or production value of the video. Please note that the shortlisted videos will be made public.

We at PILnet are happy to give you guidance and advice on best practices for these video submissions as well as help creating the recording. Contact Tamas Barabas at tbarabas@pilnet.org for more information or assistance.

Please submit a link to your video in the submission form (ex. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). If you prefer, you may email the video as a zip file to forum@pilnet.org.

 

Definition: This award recognizes the best pro bono legal project undertaken as a cross-sectoral collaboration with an impact felt in more than one country.

Examples of collaboration could include: an NGO and a law firm, a social enterprise and a law firm, a company and individuals in a community, and so forth. A project involving more than one law firm and more than one NGO is equally eligible for consideration. Anyone can nominate an exemplary collaboration.

Project period: Eligible projects should be substantially completed or set to achieve full or partial impact in the 12 months prior to 1 July 2020. If a project started earlier than 1 July 2019, its major activities and achievements must be demonstrated in the designated time-frame.

Definition: This award honors the best innovative pro bono legal project at the local/national level.

Examples could include: Either partnerships or independent projects, undertaken by law firms, NGOs, bar associations, and/or the larger pro bono community. Anyone can nominate an innovative project that meets this criteria.

Project period: Eligible projects should be substantially completed or set to achieve full or partial impact in the 12 months prior to 1 July 2020. If a project started earlier than 1 July 2019, its major activities and achievements must be demonstrated in the designated time-frame.

 

Past Winners