PILnet and Orrick are pleased to launch a series of memos addressing the availability of legal aid to refugees in eleven Asian jurisdictions. They provide detailed information about both state and non-state funded legal aid, to serve as a resource for refugees, other displaced people, and the lawyers and organizations that work with them.

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If you are an asylum-seeker, refugee, or stateless person, local legal aid providers will be best placed to initially assess and generally address your legal needs. To find a local legal aid provider in the countries covered in these memos, please refer to the country pages of UNHCR Help or Rights in Exile.

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These memos are part of a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional research project on the availability of legal aid to refugees in Asia. We are particularly grateful to Orrick for their role in supporting and coordinating this project, and to the many law firms that provided the legal research for each jurisdiction.


If you would like further information about this project or have any suggestions, corrections, or questions regarding the memos, please contact [email protected].

The information contained on this website and the country reports is provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed, to be current, correct, complete, or up-to-date. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, attorney-client relationship between the sender and the receiver. No user of this information should act or refrain from acting on the basis of information contained herein without seeking legal advice from counsel in the relevant jurisdiction. These reports also contain many hyperlinks to resources on the Internet. These Internet sites are not under the control of PILnet or the law firms that participated with the research, and PILnet and these firms are not responsible for the contents of any Internet site or any link contained on such site. These links are provided as a convenience to help you identify and locate Internet resources that may be of interest, and the inclusion of any hyperlink does not imply any recommendation, approval or endorsement of the site by PILnet or the participating law firms.