Global Pro Bono Awards

Congratulations to all of our winners! Read about the winning projects here.

In recognition of PILnet’s 20th Anniversary, nominations were welcome from across the globe.


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

The awards jury is independent of PILnet and PILnet staff, and includes prominent members from civil society and the private legal community.


PILnet’s Award for Exemplary Partnership in the Public Interest

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 country.

Shortlisted projects


PILnet’s Award for Local Pro Bono Impact

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

Shortlisted projects


PILnet’s Award for Hungarian Lawyers for the Public Good

Founded by PILnet, the Budapest and the Hungarian Bar Associations, this award will recognize Hungarian public interest lawyers in two categories. Its purpose is to provide public recognition and prestige for the work volunteered by practicing attorneys serving NGOs, community intiatives and individuals, either on a local, regional or national level. The two categories are as follows:

  • The Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award, awarded to an individual legal practitioner or attorney; and
  • The Pro Bono Law Office of the Year Award, awarded to an entire law office or legal team.


Awards will be bestowed on 18 October 2017 during the PILnet Global Forum in Budapest.