PILnet is pleased to share with you a list of pro bono opportunities especially curated under the framework of the MARIO project for which we are seeking volunteers.

MARIO is a CERV-funded project built to support minority rights organizations across Central and Eastern Europe.

PILnet aims to strengthen the legal resilience of more than 30 grassroots organizations by facilitating legal pro bono assistance to address their operational and programmatic needs.

For this reason, PILnet compiled this special edition of the Global Clearinghouse, dedicated to the needs of these organizations.

To learn more about MARIO click here. To learn more about the organizations involved in MARIO project this year, check the list of grantees. If you are an expert in minority rights, SPLAPPs, or anti-discrimination law, and are interested in getting involved in this project contact us at [email protected].

To volunteer to a matter please contact: [email protected].

1. Equal Opportunities Initiative Association:

Roma rights organization in Bulgaria is seeking assistance with Legal Research NO LONGER AVAILABLE

2. Equal Opportunity Initiative Association:

Roma rights organization in Bulgaria is seeking assistance with preparing a social media policy

NGO: Equal Opportunities Initiative Association

Website: https://www.equalopportunities.eu/bg/

Project: Assistance with drafting social media policy

Jurisdiction: Bulgaria

Legal Topics: Social media law, privacy law, defamation, discrimination

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Language: English

Criteria: Social media law, Privacy law, Libel, Slander, and Defamation law


Additional Information

The Equal Opportunities Initiative Association it’s a Bulgarian association established in 1996. The Association develops initiatives aimed at affirming equality in the opportunities of the Roma population through the development and implementation of programs for legal assistance, legal education and ensuring equal opportunities in the main public areas of education, health care, employment and housing conditions. The Association also promotes relations of mutual cooperation and tolerance between Roma and other groups of Bulgarian citizens.

The Association does not currently have a social media policy and is seeking legal assistance to draft such a document, especially in relation to the activity of monitoring the media space for hate speech against Roma communities, to create a safe and inclusive online environment for users.

3. Kitchen of Conflicts Foundation:

Refugee rights organization in Poland seeks assistance with reviewing its existing policies

NGO: Kitchen of conflicts Foundation

Website: https://kuchniakonfliktu.pl/en

Project: Reviewing Policies and addressing possible gaps

Jurisdiction: Poland  

Legal Topics: Non-profit Law, NGO compliance, Polish employment law

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Language:  English, Polish

Criteria: Specialized in organizations’ policy development and compliance, anti-money laundering regulations, knowledge of Polish Employment law.


Additional Information

Conflict Kitchen is a grassroot charity and a social enterprise co-created by refugees. They had been running a socially engaged bistro for 7 years, which has become a space for dialogue and mutual assistance through operating a place where refugees could share the foods from their hometowns. In 2021, the bistro was passed over to the refugee-led initiative called Women on the Move. This is the fulfillment of the idea of the Kitchen – supporting the self-agency and empowerment of refugees. Kitchen of conflicts Foundation continues to support refugees in their personal development and help them in everyday challenges, working towards intercultural dialogue and community empowerment.

The organization is looking for a professional who can conduct a review of its current policies and provide recommendations to address any possible gaps or deficiencies. The organization currently has the following policies in Polish and English language: 1.General Guidelines; 2. Discrimination, Mobbing Sexual Harassment; 3. Anti Money Laundering and Conflict of Interest; and 4. Beneficiaries’ Protection.

The organization also needs a general assessment to evaluate the need of any potential missing policy and consequent drafting of eventual missing policy.

4. NGO Unity | Fundacja Jedność:

Ukrainian refugee-led organization based in Poland seeks legal assistance with reviewing and drafting policies

NGO: NGO Unity | Fundacja Jedność

Website: https://minorityrights.org/marioproject/database/ngo-unity-from-weakness-to-strength/

Project: Reviewing Policies and addressing possible gaps

Jurisdiction: Poland

Legal Topics: Nonprofit law, NGO compliance, Employment law

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Language: Ukrainian or Russian (preferable), Polish (optional) 

Criteria: Knowledge of non-profit policy development and compliance. Knowledge of Polish non-profit law.


Additional Information

NGO Unity is a foundation led by a team of 7 Ukrainian women teachers, who are currently in Poland amid the war in Ukraine. The group has been creating cultural and educational center for children, teenagers and adults in Dnipro (Ukraine) for 8 years, and now for 1 year in the heart of Krakow (Poland). During the last year, the NGO created several cultural and educational projects involving more than 1000 Ukrainians.

NGP Unity is currently looking for legal support to conduct a review of its current Code of Conduct and a Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) policies and provide recommendations to address any possible gaps or deficiencies. The organization also needs a general assessment to evaluate the need of any potential missing policy and, if needed, support in drafting missing policies. In particular, the organization is looking at creating a policy framework sufficiently robust to enable it to take part in partnership at regional level, especially with international organizations.

5. NGO Unity | Fundacja Jedność:

Ukrainian refugee-led organization based in Poland needs legal assistance with the revision of staff contracts and drafting of contracts templates

NGO: NGO Unity | Fundacja Jedność

Website: https://minorityrights.org/marioproject/database/ngo-unity-from-weakness-to-strength/

Project: Consulting on Labor Law

Jurisdiction: Poland

Legal Topics: Polish employment law

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Language: Ukrainian or Russian (preferable), Polish (optional) 

Criteria: Knowledge of Polish employment law


Additional Information

NGO Unity is a foundation led by a team of 7 Ukrainian women teachers, who are currently in Poland amid the war in Ukraine. The group has been creating cultural and educational center for children, teenagers and adults in Dnipro (Ukraine) for 8 years, and now for 1 year in the heart of Krakow (Poland). During the last year, the NGO created several cultural and educational projects involving more than 1000 Ukrainians.

NGO Unity is looking for an employment law expert to review their current employees’ contracts and to create templates for future use, in line with Polish Labor Law.

6. Human rights- step by step association:

Bulgarian organization working with Roma population is seeking legal assistance with drafting social media policy

NGO: Human rights- step by step association

Website: https://minorityrights.org/marioproject/database/human-rights-step-by-step-association-i-want-to-be-heard/

Project: Assistance with drafting social media policy and evaluation of any potential missing policy

Jurisdiction: European Union (Bulgaria)

Legal Topics: Social Media law, Privacy law, Non-profit Law, NGO compliance

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Language: English / Bulgarian 

Criteria: Specialized in organizations’ policy development and compliance


Additional Information

Human rights- step by step association is a Bulgarian organization working towards a balanced  civil society, equal opportunities and equal representation of men and women and various ethnic groups in public and in private sectors. One of the current projects of the organization is focusing on the inclusion of the Roma population in the local municipality of Varna (Bulgaria).

The association needs a general assessment to evaluate the need of any potential missing policy (such a social media policy) and, if needed, support in drafting such policies. In particular, the organization is looking at creating a policy framework sufficiently robust to enable it to take part in partnership at regional level, especially with international organizations and networks.

7. Roma Advocacy and Research Centre:

Roma rights organization in Slovakia is seeking assistance with preparing a Model Social Media Policy for internal use and advocacy purposes

NGO: Roma Advocacy and Research Centre

Website: https://romadata.org/

Project: Assistance with drafting internal and external social media policies

Jurisdiction: Slovakia

Legal Topics: Social media law, privacy law, defamation, discrimination

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Language: English / Slovakian (optional)

Criteria: Social media law, Policy development,  Libel, Slander, and Defamation law


Additional Information

Roma Advocacy and Research Centre was founded in August 2014 by a group of young Roma advocates from various backrounds, who decided to use their professional knowledge to influence the public discourse on the Roma minority. The main activity of the organization consists in influencing the community development of the Roma minority through an inclusive approach, especially by educating the new generation and improving the social status of disadvantaged groups.  The organization’s advocacy is channeled on the horizontal priorities of equality and non-discrimination within employment, education, health and housing

The Organization does not currently have an internal social media policy and is seeking legal assistance to draft a policy to govern its communication on social media and to reflect its positions. The organization is planning to use such a policy also as a model social media policy for advocacy purposes to disseminate and create awareness on non discriminatory online language in relation to minorities (particularly Roma communities), especially for journalists, other organizations and companies.

8. Roma Advocacy and Research Centre:

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

9. Foundation for Migrants, Good Start i.m. AG. Farah:

Migrant-led foundation in Poland seeks assistance with drafting a Safeguarding Policy specifically designed to inform how to work with and respect minority groups

NGO: Foundation for Migrants, Good Start i.m. AG. Farah

Website: https://fds.org.pl/

Project: Assistance with drafting a policy document on working with minorities

Jurisdiction: Poland

Legal Topics: Polish civil rights law, Human Rights, Minority Rights

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Language:  English ( Preferred ) / Polish

Criteria: Expertise in minority rights. Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations regarding minority rights in Poland


Additional Information

Foundation for Migrants, Good Start i.m. AG. Farah was created by both migrants and Polish citizens to foster the understanding between cultures and help migrants become an integral part of Polish society. Benefitting from the knowledge of people with lived experience working within the foundation, the organization established several services aimed at aiding foreigners, including asylum seekers, in their integration into Polish society. These services cover essential aspects of life in Poland, focusing especially on job preparation through career guidance, Polish language lessons, legal and psychological advice.

The organization is looking for a professional who will assist with drafting a safeguarding policy specifically designed to be applicable to minority rights which will inform and instruct the individuals within and outside the organization on how to work with people from minority groups respectfully. 

10. Society of Latgalian Culture:

A Latvian organization is seeking assistance with research on the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages

NGO: Society of Latgalian Culture

Website: https://minorityrights.org/marioproject/database/society-of-latgalian-culture-family-stories-in-multicultural-latgale-and-the-latgalian-language/  

Project: Legal research on the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages

Jurisdiction: Latvia

Legal Topics: Minority Languages

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Language:  English, Latvian

Criteria: Expertise in the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages


Additional Information

The Society of Latgalian Culture is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the cultural heritage and language of Latgale, a historical region in eastern Latvia. While Latgalian is recognized and protected by legislation in Latvia, it faces challenges in terms of education and preservation. The organization supports and advocates for the  revitalization of the use of Latgalian in daily life, education, and cultural activities.

The organization is looking for a lawyer with knowledge of the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages who will collaborate with the organization’s existing team of specialists in legal research. Experts should be able to provide a thorough analysis of the Charter’s provisions and their applicability to the specific circumstances of the Latgalian language. This includes understanding the rights and protections afforded to minority languages, as well as the obligations of member states like Latvia.  They may assist with policy recommendations, and drafting of legal tools to support advocacy work of the NGOs to demand the implementation of the Charter. 

The volunteer lawyers will be involved in conducting research on educational policies and practices related to minority languages, identifying areas where improvements can be made. They can also assist in defining an advocacy strategy for the inclusion of Latgalian in the educational curriculum. 

11. Minority SK:

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

 

 

12. PILnet:

Public interest law organization seeks assistance in developing a legal resilience assessment for minority rights NGOs in Europe

NGO: PILnet

Website: https://www.pilnet.org

Project: Adapt and further develop a legal resilience assessment for minority rights NGOs in Europe

Jurisdiction: European Union (especially Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia)

Legal Topics: NGO Compliance, Governance, Tax Law, Employment Law, Registration, GDPR

Deadline: March 1, 2024

Language: English (possibly other local languages: Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia)

Criteria: NGO Compliance, Governance 


Additional Information

PILnet is a global non-governmental organization that creates opportunities for social change by unlocking the law’s full potential. With programs in Europe & Eurasia, Asia, and at the global level, PILnet aims to reclaim and reimagine the role of law so that it works for the benefit of all.

PILnet, together with partners, is implementing an EU-funded project to support local minority rights organisations in 13 EU countries in Eastern and South Eastern Europe. The key objective of PILnet’s role in this project is to strengthen the legal resilience of the 90 minority rights NGOs. PILnet assessed that all the organizations part of this initiative would highly benefit from undergoing a structured legal resilience assessment (or legal health check), which would allow the identification of major risks and eventually address them through its Global Clearinghouse mechanism.

After developing a legal resilience assessment (or Legal Health Check) in Hong Kong, PILnet is planning to use the same framework and replicate it for this project in Europe. This assessment aims to help CSOs identify the existing and potential legal issues and operational risks in their organization and create a plan to address them. The health check enables CSOs to be better prepared to respond to a rapidly changing environment, so they can become more resilient and focus their resources on achieving their core missions of serving the community.

Topics covered in the legal resilience assessment include areas such as organizational structure, governance, financial health, fundraising, and information technology and systems.

PILnet is looking for:

  • A pro bono team(s) interested in adapting the material of the Hong Kong Legal Health Check to the European context. The materials to be adapted include a screening questionnaire, a supporting issues-spotting checklists, a reference list of relevant resources, a template table of a final report, and any additional documents to support the implementation of the assessment,
  • A law firm(s) to implement the legal health check and assess a number of minority rights NGOs in Bulgaria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia on an ongoing basis.

This project is suitable for multi-firm collaborations and in-house collaborations.

GCH24001. PILnet:

Public interest law organization is seeking legal experts to create GDPR webinars/workshops for minority rights NGOs in local languages in Central-Eastern Europe

MARIO is funded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (2021-2027) of the European Union (ref: 101091387)