PILI is pleased to announce that the first European Pro Bono Award was bestowed upon Lord Andrew Phillips of Sudbury, a leader in advancing pro bono work in the UK and throughout Europe, at the fourth annual European Pro Bono Forum on 19 November. Solicitor, Life Peer and member of the upper house of parliament, Phillips seized the opportunity in accepting the award to motivate lawyers attending the Paris Forum to take on more pro bono work as part of their privileged position in society.
PILI created the European Pro Bono Award to recognize extraordinary contributions to advancing pro bono culture throughout Europe in the pursuit of justice for all. Lord Phillips founded the law firm Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, has been at the forefront in helping to ensure that more firms take on volunteer legal work to improve the lives of the less fortunate and established three national charities, including the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (now LawWorks), which provides free legal help to individuals and organizations.
For more coverage of the award ceremony and Phillips' remarks, please click here.
The Public Interest Law Institute looks forward to presenting the next European Pro Bono Award at the 2011 European Pro Bono Forum, which will be held in Berlin. For more coverage and photos from the Forum in Paris, visit PILI's Facebook page here.
Date: 11 November 2015
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: Law Society of Ireland
The current refugee crisis constitutes a great challenge for the European Union that we cannot ignore. Europe is witnessing very different responses from individual Member States but there is a need for a common response, for co-operation and policy coordination. How is Europe dealing with this humanitarian crisis? How should we share responsibility? What are the long term solutions? What now for Europe?
The International Affairs Talk is an annual event organised by the EU & International Affairs Committee of the Law Society which brings together high profile national and international speakers to discuss current international issues.
The VI Annual International Affairs Talk will bring together three experts in the field that would address the refugee crisis from three different perspectives: European, National and Non-Governmental. This event will be of interest to any professionals working in the area of migration and refugee law.
Edouard Schmidt, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs.
Commander Patrick Burke, Legal Officer, Naval Service.
Maria Hennessy, Legal Office, Irish Refugee Council Law Centre.
Prof. Siobhan Mullally, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC.
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The 2014 Index, compiled with data from over 100 firms, representing 36,000 lawyers in 69 countries, showed that respondent firms donated 1.55 million hours of free legal support in 2013 worth 8 million. Click here to read the 2014 findings.
TrustLaw is again inviting law firms to share information on their pro bono programmes for the 2015 Index. The Index is an invaluable tool to spread the practice of pro bono by highlighting successful pro bono programmes, providing benchmarks on engagement levels in different jurisdictions and demonstrating the amount of pro bono being done globally. In many countries, pro bono is an emerging area, and showing different ways of supporting pro bono initiatives, such as setting up a pro bono committee, incentivising pro bono and setting pro bono targets, can help lawyers the world over decide what is best for their firm.
For law firms that would like to participate, the survey must be completed here by Monday 6 April 2015. Before completing the survey, please read the TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono Definition of Qualifying Pro Bono and Survey Questions. These tools explain the information to be collected before answering the 31 survey questions.
Date: 11-13 November 2015
Location: Rome, Italy
The essential event for pro bono lawyers, NGO leaders, and others who are dedicated to using law to achieve social justice. PILnet’s 9th Annual European Pro Bono Forum will be held 11-13 November in Rome.
The Forum has played a major role in building support for pro bono across the continent and around the globe. By bringing together a growing community that recognises the urgent need for pro bono—leading figures from law firms, corporations, bar organizations, NGOs, and law schools—the event offers a setting where participants can explore how they can most effectively collaborate to address critical issues of social justice. Through interactive workshops, engaging social events, and structured networking opportunities, attendees gain insight into the pro bono community and forge alliances that can help deliver justice and protect rights around the world.
The 2015 Forum will feature issue-based workshops, including refugee rights, combating violence against women, climate change and human trafficking related workshops.
Click here to register and for full details on registration fee. Early bird rate is available until 9 October.
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Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) is pleased to announce its inaugural Symposium on “Public Interest Lawyering in the Twenty-First Century”.
Justice Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada will be delivering the keynote speech on ‘Access to Justice – A Public Interest Perspective’. Confirmed panellists include Helen Mountfield QC, Matrix Chambers; Jonathan Cooper OBE, Doughty Street Chambers; Janet Love, National Director of the Legal Resources Centre South Africa; Brad Broackman, General Secretary of Equal Education South Africa; Lisa Vanhala, University College London.
The Symposium marks over fourteen years of pro bono work at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. We seek to examine both the development and future of public interest lawyering generally and more specifically, the impact and contribution of OPBP’s pro bono research in public interest lawyering.
The Symposium will explore key themes confronting public interest lawyers, over three panel sessions featuring prominent practitioners and academics. Panel themes include public interest lawyering in times of austerity in the United Kingdom, and the use of pro bono international and comparative law research in complementing the work of public interest lawyers on the ground. There will also be case studies from those at the forefront of public interest lawyering in respect of right to education litigation in South Africa, featuring perspectives of advocates and clients. In addition to these panel sessions, the Symposium will also feature presentations by past and present executive committee members of OPBP, showcasing our pro bono work.
We invite all students, academics and practitioners interested in the public interest and pro bono law to attend and participate in the Symposium.
Registration is free.
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When: 1-2 November 2014
In conjunction with UCL Faculty of Law, the UCL Science, Medicine, and Society Network is offering a two-day symposium designed to merge pro bono legal work with the needs of groups lacking legal representation.
This two-day course is aimed at legal practitioners representing or intending to represent the rights of 4th world peoples being individuals or groups belonging to indigenous and traditional cultures, and disenfranchised migrant groups in local and global settings such as asylum-seekers and refugees. The conference is also intended to assist legal practitioners engaged in pro bono work in forming a professional support and knowledge-sharing network, including collaborative research relationships with law students.
Attendees will understand the rights of individuals and groups belonging to indigenous and traditional cultures; the legal status groups must possess to benefit from legal protection; methods in place by which group rights can be protected; and the issues relating to the protection and management of those rights.