2020 Competition and Winners!

First Place - Homecoming

Project Homecoming aims to empower local homeless people in Hong Kong by enhancing homeless people’ knowledge of their rights and providing them with social and legal services.

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Runner Up - Employees’ Compensation Personal Injuries Network (“EC-PIN”)

Employees’ Compensation Personal Injuries Network (“EC-PIN”) is a student-led pro bono legal project, which strives for easy protection of workers’ rights to injury compensation. This project aims to empower both workers whose right to employees’ compensation is statutorily protected and workers whose rights have not been recognized.

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Runner Up - Save Our Restaurants

The Save Our Restaurants (SOR) team provides a platform for tenants and landlords to have free mediation over rental issues under the covid-19 pandemic.

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Best Potential - WeDoCare

WeDoCare aims to provide assistance for domestic abuse victims and raise general awareness towards the issue of domestic violence in light of the escalated occurrences since the outbreak of COVID-19.

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The 2020 Law for Change Student Competition pairs law students with legal mentors to develop innovative solutions to entrenched social justice needs in Hong Kong, while raising general awareness about the role of law as a tool for change. From now until 4 October 2020, PILnet invites undergraduate and graduate law students in Hong Kong to submit an Executive Summary describing a project that will use the law to address a social justice issue in Hong Kong around the chosen theme of this year’s competition, “Community Resilience.” PILnet will select eight finalist teams to advance to the next phase of the competition which runs from October 2020 to January 2021. Finalist teams will be paired with legal mentors and will receive coaching on project design and development. The winner and two runner-up teams will be awarded a seed grant of HK$50,000 and HK$25,000, respectively, to implement their projects within 6 to 12 months with the support of mentorship from PILnet.

Join our journey in exploring the role of law as a tool for social change and make an impact in your community in Hong Kong!

The Opportunity

Legal Mentorship

Eight selected finalist teams will be paired with a law firm, an individual lawyer, or a barrister in Hong Kong who will serve as mentor to the team. Legal mentorship is a key component of the competition and provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from the mentors’ invaluable experience and expertise.

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Project Design and Development

PILnet will host workshops covering problem analysis, project design, budgeting, risk assessment, presentation skills, and monitoring and evaluation. PILnet will connect student teams with NGO practitioners to provide specific feedback and advice on projects.

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Awards & Project Implementation

The winner and each of the runner-up teams will be awarded a seed grant of HK$50,000 and HK$25,000, respectively, to implement their projects. Other finalist teams who wish to explore the possibility of project implementation will also be provided mentorship support from PILnet.

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