At the 2017 PILnet Global Forum in Budapest, the Global Pro Bono Awards celebrated and honored the extraordinary efforts made by public interest champions to strengthen civil society and advance social justice.
The awards jury is independent of PILnet and PILnet staff, and includes prominent members from civil society and the private legal community.
Recognizing the best pro bono legal project undertaken as collaboration between an NGO and a law firm, this award went to major international law firm DLA Piper and child rights charity UNICEF, for their work to advance the rights of the child in various countries including Bangladesh, Gambia and Mexico.
This award honors the best innovative pro bono legal project at the local/national level. The 2017 winner, Norton Rose Fulbright, stood out for their work with the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution and by working to revoke a decision by the South African cabinet to withdraw from the Rome Statute, which provided protection to victims of international crimes.
Founded by PILnet, the Budapest and the Hungarian Bar Associations, this award recognized Hungarian public interest lawyers in two categories:
These two awards were bestowed to Tímea Kovács and Dentons Hungary respectively, at an official awards ceremony taking place at the Hungarian Supreme Court on 11 November.
All other awards were bestowed on 18 October 2017 at PILnet’s 20th Anniversary and Global Pro Bono Awards Dinner.