European Pro Bono Week is an exciting initiative organized collaboratively by PILnet, law firms members of the European Pro Bono Initiative, and pro bono clearinghouses and organizations. The inaugural European Pro Bono Week was held in November 2019 with events in more than 10 cities across the week, including Paris, Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt, and Brussels. The 2nd annual event was held in 14 jurisdictions in 2020. Events focused on the delivery of pro bono to civil society organizations, discussion panels on pro bono opportunities and challenges, and celebrations of pro bono development locally.
From November 23-27, 2020, PILnet and its partners held the second annual European Pro Bono Week. European Pro Week celebrates the role played by volunteer lawyers, all across Europe, in supporting civil society and human rights organizations and promoting access to justice for those in need under theme of the role that pro bono can play in responding to global crises.
Events took place every day during the week across the Continent, from Moscow to Dublin and Rome to Amsterdam, to highlight and promote pro bono culture. A central objective of Pro Bono Week is to bring to together various stakeholders in the pro bono ecosystem – lawyers, law students, non-profits, human rights activists, academics, and businesses – for an engaging conversation about important social and legal issues within Europe and the role for pro bono in tackling these issues.