• European Pro Bono Alliance
    European Pro Bono Alliance

    The European Pro Bono Alliance has a presence across the continent, and welcomes new members.

  • European Pro Bono Alliance
    European Pro Bono Alliance

    Through regular meetings, the Alliance aims to foster a strong spirit of collaboration among pro bono initiatives in Europe.

  • European Pro Bono Alliance
    European Pro Bono Alliance

    Spreading the message of pro bono can strengthen civil society as well as helping individuals in need.

  • European Pro Bono Alliance
    European Pro Bono Alliance

    The European Pro Bono Alliance gives NGOs a chance to join a pro bono hub; they share new ways of working and come together to find solutions to common problems. 

  • European Pro Bono Alliance
    European Pro Bono Alliance

    Technical assistance, know-how exchange and NGO solidarity are just a few of the benefits of joining the European Pro Bono Alliance.

  • European Pro Bono Alliance
    European Pro Bono Alliance

    New members are always welcome; the European Pro Bono Alliance wants to keep pro bono on the agenda and be a relevant resource for the whole continent!

Newsflash

The Growth of Pro Bono in Europe

A modern pro bono movement is beginning to emerge in Europe. Although the tradition of pro bono practice stretches as far back as ancient and medieval Europe, modern pro bono practice has been developed anew, especially since the 1990s, by NGOs, foundations, and private lawyers. The emergence of modern pro bono practice in Europe was aided by the growth and internationalization of US and UK law firms committed to the institutionalization of pro bono in all of their offices, which has also coincided with a decline in legal aid in Europe. This report documents the long history of pro bono in Europe, with a special emphasis on developments in the past 10 years, which have witnessed significant activity toward building a culture of and the infrastructure for pro bono practice in Europe. Some of the field’s central debates and dilemmas, especially for its future, are captured here as a part of that review.

This summary is a general overview of the issues covered in PILnet’s 10-year report, put together by Lamin Khadar. The full report is available in a PDF printable version and is also available on the PILnet website.

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