PILnet’s 9th Annual European Pro Bono Forum took place amid the backdrop of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. It is therefore unsurprising that as individuals from law firms, corporations, bar organizations, NGOs and law schools gathered in Rome to explore how they can best collaborate to address critical issues of social justice, their discussions turned to the refugee crisis. Learn more>>
The 2014 European Pro Bono Forum, held in London, was the largest pro bono forum to date, attracting more that 400 participants.
“The power of the Forum is in the people that attend. London was PILnet’s most diverse and thought-provoking summit on pro bono. It brought together 425 participants from 39 countries across 5 continents. That is 425 stories of the good that pro bono is doing in impoverished communities around the world…That is 39 jurisdictions – one fifth of all of the recognized countries in the world – where a culture of pro bono has taken root. That is 5 continents on which critical legal need is being matched with professional free legal services. That is a powerful collective.” – Atanas Politov
The 2013 European Pro Bono Forum in Warsaw gathered more than 300 representative from the legal public interest community and met in October to exchange their pro bono best practices.
The 2012 European Pro Bono Forum in Madrid gathered more than 370 registrants, including 150 from Spain; representatives from more than 35 law firms and 15 corporations travelled to the Forum to exchange ideas with 90 speakers from 26 different countries at 19 diverse workshops. For more information about the 2012 Pro Bono Forum, read on.
Moving to Berlin in 2011, the European Pro Bono Forum gathered more than 300 participants from across Europe and beyond. The increasingly global reach of the Forum was clear, with representatives of law firms and NGOs attending from more than 40 countries and six continents. The Forum was opened by Andrzej Rzeplinski, head of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland, and featured a video address by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.
In 2010 the rapidly growing European Pro Bono Forum moved from Budapest to Paris and featured an opening address by Jean Castelain, then president of the Paris Bar. Hosted at La Maison du Barreau and the Cap 15 conference facility, the 2010 Forum assembled nearly 300 attorneys, NGO representatives, and academics.
The third annual European Pro Bono Forum focused on the global economic crisis and its effects on pro bono practice and the third sector. Held at the Hotel Novotel Centrum in Budapest, the 2009 Forum welcomed more than 150 participants from 30 countries.
Returning to Budapest for its second year, the 2008 European Pro Bono Forum convened on 5-7 November at the Hotel Mercure Buda. Building on the foundation laid by the 2007 Forum, legal practitioners and NGOs came together to share pro bono success stories from the past year and plan for the future. Péter Köves, then president of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, gave the keynote address.
The inaugural European Pro Bono Forum was held on 18-19 October in Budapest at the Hotel Novotel Centrum, with more than 120 participants from 19 countries. The agenda featured an address by H.E. László Sólyom, then president of the Republic of Hungary, along with two discussion panels, four workshops, and 30 speakers offering a diverse range of perspectives on and experiences with pro bono.
PILnet’s 2nd Annual Asia Pro Bono Forum brought together over 200 participants from over 20 different countries. View 2015 Asia Pro Bono Forum Agenda>>
PILnet’s inaugural Asia Forum brought together more than 180 participants from 11 countries, 40 law firms and 56 NGOs. View 2014 Asia Pro Bono Forum Agenda>>