Submit a Case Study

Please submit all case studies for consideration via the button below. All submitted case studies will be reviewed and considered for inclusion by the the Australian Pro Bono Centre and PILnet.

We are accepting submissions to the Portal on an ongoing basis.

Submit Case Study

Guidelines for Submission

  • Case studies must be a maximum of 1500 characters. The word limit is short because the case studies are intended to be a source of inspiration for pro bono lawyers, not a comprehensive analysis of each activity. 
  • Each case study should include a brief description of the pro bono work, including:
    • the time period during which the work took place / is taking place
    • the type of assistance provided
    • the beneficiaries of the assistance
    • the outcome (if the matter has concluded), or the intended outcome
    • (ideally) a quote from a lawyer involved in the project, or a recipient of the pro bono assistance. 
  • We are also eager to hear from you if you would like to present your case study in a non-written format (such as a short video or audio recording), which could be original content or a link to an existing broadcast news story or radio interview about your work. Please indicate on the online form if you are interested in this approach.

Please note it may not be possible to feature every submitted case study in the portal. 

If you have any questions about providing a case study, please contact us at [email protected]

Pro Bono Examples

We are seeking case studies for the Portal that illustrate and bring to life many different pro bono activities to help combat the climate crisis: 

  1. Running strategic climate litigation
  2. Working on law reform activities 
  3. Offering commercial legal advice to not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises 
  4. Establishing a climate justice clinic in collaboration with a university
  5. Providing a secondee to a civil society organisation working to combat climate change (or, for individual lawyers or law students, volunteering at such an organisation)
  6. Providing legal assistance to Indigenous peoples who are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis
  7. Conducting legal research about the intersection between human rights and climate change
  8. Providing legal advice, information, and advocacy to those fighting climate change (i.e., climate activists)
  9. Providing legal information and advice to those affected by a natural disaster
  10. Offering immigration law advice to people displaced by the effects of climate change
  11. Giving legal support to NGOs and developing country delegations in international climate change negotiations
  12. Providing community legal education
  13. Providing legal assistance to communities particularly affected by the climate crisis 
  14. Delivering training to community lawyers
  15. Expanding the role of the pro bono lawyer – embedding climate transition and environmental factors in commercial decision-making.
  16. Othernot listed above. You are also welcome to submit case studies that don’t fit neatly into one of the categories above!

For more information about each of these activities, and examples of case studies that fit into these categories, see the Centre’s Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis