Providing Legal Tools

PILnet provides trainings and tools for organizations and social enterprises to strengthen their legal capacity and resilience on a variety of legal topics. These topics include establishing charitable status, designing an operational structure for social enterprises, strengthening organizational governance, understanding legal frameworks of relevant issues, and advocacy techniques.

In 2018, PILnet partnered with the NGO Governance Platform Project of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), an umbrella organization that represents 468 non-governmental social service organizations in Hong Kong. Together, PILnet and HKCSS paired organizations with pro bono lawyers to provide tailored consultations and legal assistance on their governance documents. Additionally, PILnet assisted HKCSS and Mayer Brown to develop a corporate governance manual for Hong Kong NGOs that introduces a suggested framework of an organization’s governance manual and the requirements and standards for compiling each section.

In the broader Asian region, PILnet, in partnership with local organizations, also hosts study tours for leaders of local and community-based organizations to share methods and strategies for effective legal advocacy for social justice across country borders.

PILnet has organized 26 capacity building events for over 1,073 civil society participants in Hong Kong since 2014

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Developing Corporate Governance Manual

This guide is designed to help non-governmental organizations in Hong Kong develop their own corporate governance framework and prepare a corporate governance manual.
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This Way: Finding Community Legal Assistance in Hong Kong

“I needed to visit many different departments, and I also had to pay court fees, so I didn’t even dare to eat. Every night I was so hungry I could not sleep.”
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