PILnet’s European Pro Bono Awards have recognized the best pro bono legal projects undertaken in a European context. PILnet’s key objective in bestowing these awards has been to celebrate outstanding efforts, collaborative and independent, on behalf of civil society activities and public interest lawyering.
Through the awards, PILnet also seeks to encourage the development of long-lasting and substantial networks through which the legal community can better serve critical human rights needs.
On November 17 PILnet announced the recipients of the 2016 European Pro Bono Awards in a ceremony held as part of the 10th Annual European Pro Bono Forum. Reed Smith received the Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest Award for its work with Greek NGO METAdrasi, the Romanian NGO ACTEDO received the Award for Local Pro Bono Impact, and Intigam Aliyev received the newly established European Publico Award.
This award recognizes the best pro bono legal project undertaken as collaboration between an NGO and a law firm, with an impact felt in more than one European country.
This award was established in 2015 to honor the best innovative pro bono legal project at the local/national level, in one European country. Nominations are open to both partnerships and independent projects, from law firms, NGOs, bar associations and the wider pro bono community.
Established in 2016, this award recognizes the courageous efforts of those advocating in favor of the public interest. It acknowledges an individual (or team of) lawyer(s) whose work has had significant impact on fighting social injustices and protecting citizens’ fundamental rights. PILnet’s Board of Directors and staff select the inaugural award winner(s).