International pro bono

Many of our members provide pro bono services to international clients. This can involve:

  • education
  • human rights
  • not for profits
  • charity law

We’re committed to pro bono that supports access to justice and the rule of law around the world.

We support work in other jurisdictions by providing training and advice to law firms and legal professionals working abroad.

If you're interested in international work, get involved with our international projects.

International pro bono charities

If you'd like to find out about volunteering abroad, pro bono charities can tell you about opportunities.

Advocates for International Development (A4ID)

Through its pro bono broker and legal education services, A4ID helps the legal sector meet its global corporate social responsibility.
Visit the A4ID website

International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP)

ISLP provides highly skilled and experienced lawyers to promote:

  • human rights
  • fair and sustainable economic development
  • the rule of law worldwide

It helps governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other institutions work to provide legal help and support the rights of citizens in their countries.

Visit the ISLP website

Legal Response Initiative (LRI)

LRI provides free legal support to poor and developing countries affected by climate change, as well as to organisations with observer status. (Some organisations give observer status to non-members who have an interest in how the organisation works or to take part in some of the organisation’s activities.)

A network of lawyers from law firms, barrister chambers and universities in different jurisdictions can:

  • give assistance during meetings
  • draft legal opinions
  • build the capacity of lawyers and negotiators from developing countries

The LRI aims to make sure everyone involved in climate change negotiations is bound by the same rules.
Visit the LRI website

PILnet

PILnet develops pro bono practice around the world. Its pro bono clearinghouses in Hungary, Russia, China and its cross-border clearinghouse brings lawyers seeking opportunities to provide free legal help together with those who need it.
Visit the PILnet website

Rule of Law Expertise Programme (ROLE UK)

Funded by the Department for International Development (DfID), ROLE UK aims to improve the rule of law by making it easier for DfID priority countries to access to UK legal sector expertise in the UK.

Experts improve the policies, capacity and practices underpinning the rule of law in 28 jurisdictions around the world. They provide:

  • specialist information
  • advice
  • mentoring
  • training

Role UK shares best practice in providing technical legal assistance and improves co-ordination of the UK’s international legal pro bono community.
Visit the ROLE UK website

TrustLaw

TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global pro bono service that connects NGOs and social enterprises with law firms around the world. TrustLaw has over 2,000 members in over 170 countries.
Visit the TrustLaw website

Resources

Legal Assistance for Economic Reform Programme (LASER)

LASER works in eight DfID partner countries to identify and help solve problems in commercial legal systems.

It has produced guidance to explain some of the monitoring and evaluation concepts and their value to those providing pro bono services internationally.
Read the why, what and how of monitoring and evaluation: guidance for providers of international pro bono legal assistance (PDF 2 MB)

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