Hogan Lovells wins PILnet award for its contribution to the Clann Project

International law firm Hogan Lovells has won the PILnet Global Award  for "Local Pro Bono Impact" award by the non-profit organisation PILnet for its pro bono work on a report of the Clann Project, a joint study which examined Ireland's forced, secret adoption system.

Between 1922 and 1998, there were a series of forced adoptions of children born to single mothers in Ireland. To this day, neither the children nor their mothers have the right to access information on their cases. Over a period of three years, Hogan Lovells conducted interviews with 164 people, with witness statements from 77 of these included in the study. The pro bono advice provided by Hogan Lovells also included a comparative study of adoption law in other European countries, including in Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.

The three-year study, which Hogan Lovells prepared in collaboration with the Adoption Rights Alliance (ARA) and Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR), produced eight recommendations for the Irish Commission of Investigation. These include the need for a new investigation, with the aim of making information accessible to all affected parties, and the need to introduce statutory rights for adopted people and their biological parents.

"We want to help adoptees in Ireland to achieve the same right to information as they would have in other European countries, and to play a part in bringing those responsible to justice. To this end, we will continue to support the project moving forward, ahead of the official announcement from the Irish Commission in 2019", said Faye Jarvis, partner lead for the project.

Pro bono advice is one of the pillars of Hogan Lovells' commitment to corporate social responsibility. Hogan Lovells has been supporting PILnet for many years to further the scope of pro bono support around the world.

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