Nominations open for 2020 PILnet Global Awards

This year the PILnet Global Forum will be held virtually, offering the opportunity to connect with leading activists, academics, pro bono professionals, and public interest law champions from around the world to forge alliances and develop strategies for using the law to protect civil society and the communities they serve.

Together we will find paths to protecting our futures through exploring themes such as:

  • Fighting for racial justice,
  • Activating pro bono in the time of Covid-19,
  • Employing the law to protect the planet.

This year’s event will be a mix of livestreamed and recorded sessions scheduled over three days so all attendees, no matter their time zone, may participate.

The Virtual Global Forum is free and open to all this year, but financial donations are appreciated to cover the costs of the event.  

Registration will open soon – check out the NEW website for updated information!

PILnet’s Global Awards celebrate and honor the extraordinary efforts made by you to strengthen civil society, advance social change, and protect the public interest.

This year PILnet have a new submission format and a new voting process. Since the Global Forum is virtual, PILnet will be collecting 3-minute long videos as submissions for the Global Awards. Then, based on a shortlist compiled by PILnet, all 2020 Forum attendees will vote on the best project in each category. 

PILnet’s Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest

This award recognizes the best pro bono legal project undertaken as a cross-sectoral collaboration with an impact felt in more than one country. Examples of collaboration could include: an NGO and a law firm, a social enterprise and a law firm, a company and individuals in a community, and so forth. A project involving more than one law firm and more than one NGO is equally eligible for consideration. 

PILnet’s Award for Local Pro Bono Impact

This award honors the best innovative pro bono legal project at the local/national level. Nominations are open to both partnerships and independent projects, from law firms, NGOs, bar associations, and the wider pro bono community.

If you have questions or need assistance in submitting a video nomination please contact: Tamas Barabas at

Click here to nominate a project.



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