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Monday 16 October

10:00 – 13:00   Global Meeting of Pro Bono Clearinghouses

The annual global meeting of pro bono clearinghouses offers a chance to exchange ideas, progress and insight with your peers from around the world. This session is open only to staff from pro bono clearinghouses and other pro bono focused initiatives.

10:00 – 13:00   Global Meeting of Pro Bono Professionals

PILnet, in partnership with the UK Collaborative Plan for Pro Bono and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, will convene a global meeting of law firm pro bono professionals, providing peer-to-peer insight and support. This session is open only to individuals managing or coordinating pro bono with law firms and companies.

14:00 – 17:00   Joint Meeting of Pro Bono Clearinghouses and Professionals


Tuesday 17 October

09:00 – 16:00   PILnet Convening (invitation only)

10:00 – 12:00  What are the Impacts of Strategic Litigation? | Panel Discussion

‘What transpires outside the courthouse can at least be as powerful as what happens at the bench’.

This panel will launch a new report reflecting on the complex results of the Open Society Justice Initiative’s multi-year inquiry into the impacts of strategic human rights litigation around the world. The inquiry draws on four thematic studies and hundreds of interviews in eleven countries in a variety of rights areas – Roma school desegregation, indigenous people’s land rights, equal access to quality education and torture in custody. It also draws on insights from the Justice Initiative’s own legal practice. The unique approach of these reports is their dissection of concrete examples of strategic litigation from the perspective of the social-change agent in order to better understand the direct and in-direct effects, and positive and negative impacts, of strategic litigation. Open to all Forum participants.

14:00 – 17:00  Training on Legal Empowerment and Community Lawyering

Around the world, more than four billion people are living outside the protection of the law. They are unfairly driven from their land, denied essential services, excluded from society, and intimidated by violence. Legal empowerment is about turning that tide. It’s about enabling people to understand, use, and shape the law.
The Legal Empowerment Leadership Short Course aims to cultivate a global cadre of leaders who share a common commitment to the field, and to provide them with essential tools to expand community-level access to justice. Vivek Maru of Namati will lead participants in an in-depth exploration of the role of grassroots legal advocates in realizing systemic change or ensuring effective service delivery. The course design will also emphasize peer-to-peer learning through small group work. This session is available to Forum participants and members of the public.

14:00 – 17:00  Training Workshop: The New EU General Data Protection Regulation: Is Your NGO Prepared?

The new EU data protection law, which will come into effect on 25 May 2018 in all EU member states, will introduce new requirements for how NGOs manage any personal data they handle. This training will provide an overview of how NGO’s can insure they are prepared to comply with the new law. This session is available to Forum participants and members of the public.

18:00 – 20:00  Global Forum Welcome Reception & Launch of the Open Society Justice Initiative’s Strategic Litigation Impacts Reports

20:30 – 21.30 Screening of ALL RISE

How can international disputes be resolved in the courtroom rather than on the battlefield? ALL RISE brings this complex question into sharp and personalized focus through the journeys of seven passionate students of law from India, Israel, Jamaica, Palestine, Russia, Singapore, and Uganda to compete in the world championships in Washington, DC, of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (the “Jessup”), the world’s largest simulated court competition. The “court” is the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”), the judicial arm of the United Nations. Against this backdrop, this moving film lays bare the struggles, triumphs and transformations they experience alone and together.

Diving into these stories, we see seven unique sides of the Jessup story – whether driven by individual competitiveness, the need to overcome personal challenges, cautious optimism as to the role of international law and the ICJ as possible solutions, or the personal motivation to make a difference. But we also see a shared story, as the students overcome unimaginable pressures to persevere in an intensely rigorous competition. Open to all Forum participants.

Wednesday 18 October

09:30 – 17:00   Global Forum conference sessions

Keynote Speakers:

Michael Ignatieff, Central European University, Hungary

Vivek Maru, Namati, U.S.A.

Confirmed breakout sessions:

Pro Bono in Hungary
Holding Countries Accountable for Violations of Human Rights Before the UN Treaty Monitoring Bodies
Health Justice Partnerships - Collaborating to Meet Health and Legal Needs
Make Your Pro Bono Needs Driven
Global Pro Bono Café
Demo Room – Pro Bono Tech
Public-Private Partnership to Strengthen Civil Society
Negotiation Skills

19:00 – 24:00   Pro Bono Awards, Dinner Reception & Live Band


Thursday 19 October

09:30 – 16:00   Global Forum conference sessions (continued)

Keynote speaker:

Evan Wolfson, Freedom To Marry & Dentons, U.S.A.

Confirmed breakout sessions:

There is no Pro Bono Here
Strengthening Civil Society to Campaign for Change
Being an Intrapreneur
Pro Bono in Africa
Pro Bono Plus
Rapid Response Lawyering for Refugees in Times of Crisis
200 Cases of Displaced Persons That Need Your Attention Now
Pro Bono, Rule of Law and International Development

16:00 – 17:00  Forum Closing Reception


2017 PILnet Global Forum