connects and equips lawyers to protect human rights
North America, Europe, Asia.
PILnet envisions a world where law delivers justice. PILnet connects and equips lawyers to protect human rights, advance social justice and defend the most vulnerable.
We have two core strategies: training, supporting and collaborating with public interest lawyers on a global scale and building and strengthening the global pro bono community.
Our approach is to connect and collaborate with partners to create globally-available resources that make local public interest advocacy more effective. While PILnet’s reach is worldwide, our innovative strategies are driven by local actors.
PILnet strengthens the effectiveness of public interest lawyers around the world through fellowships, training programs and other special initiatives. We provide unique connections and resources to global networks of like-minded advocates. For example, our International Fellows program has transformed the lives and careers of more than 120 leading public interest lawyers from 36 countries. Our Fellows work in areas such as advancing human rights, good governance, and environmental protection.
PILnet is also leading the way in a global effort to build pro bono communities locally in order to strengthen civil society and ensure access to justice. PILnet has linked together a global network of pro bono clearinghouses – including its own pioneering initiatives in Europe, Asia and West Africa – which connect law firms and corporations as pro bono service providers with NGOs and individuals in need of legal assistance. Further, PILnet widens and deepens the global pro bono community through convening annual Pro Bono Forums in Europe and Asia bringing together the key actors in those regions. As global pro bono culture grows around the world, PILnet is creating resources that make local advocacy more effective.