Celebrating European Pro Bono Week

The third annual European Pro Bono Week celebrates the role played by volunteer lawyers, all across Europe, in supporting civil society and human rights organizations and promoting access to justice for those in need. Many events take place across the Continent (see how to register below) to highlight and promote pro bono culture. You can find the full programme here.

European Pro Bono Week is co-organized by the “European Pro Bono Initiative” (comprising several international law firms), TrustLaw, PILnet and the European Pro Bono Alliance (comprising several national pro bono clearinghouses and legal aid organizations across Europe).

European Launch Event (in English)

Budapest and virtual, Monday, November 22, 2.00pm – 3.30pm CET

PILnet and its partners are pleased to announce the first ever joint European event on the state and future of pro bono in Europe, which will be held on November 22. The event will share information on recent pro bono surveys, research and statistics for Europe as well as examples of successful pan-European pro bono projects.

For more information about the joint opening event see event invitation and register here.

Pro Bono Day 2021 - Poland (in Polish)

Warsaw and virtual, Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 9:30 AM CET

As part of Hogan Lovells pro bono event hosted in Warsaw, there will be Polish non-governmental organizations who support the idea of civic society and protect the basic rights of the most deprived people. The speakers will include representatives of the Foundation of the Centre of Belarusian Solidarity, The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Ocalenie Foundation supporting refugees and immigrants living in Poland.

Andrzej Debiec, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells

Wojciech Marchwicki, Counsel, Hogan Lovells

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Pro Bono & Covid: the need for pro bono actors to adapt to the health crisis (in French)

Paris and virtual, Thursday, November 25, 11:00am – 12.00pm CET

This event is held together with the firms pro bono partner Droits d’Urgence, with a two-part discussion addressing challenges of the ongoing health crisis. The first part will focus on continuing pro bono access to justice, and solutions dealing with lack of physical access to the prefectures, e.g. digitalising procedures and systematic recourse to interim orders (“référé mesure utile”); with the second part addressing the legislation and the implementation of remote working agreements. Hogan Lovells experts will share their pro bono experiences in relation to both.

Céline Verney, Associate, ACER, Hogan Lovells

Hortense Duboys Fresney, Associate, Employment, Hogan Lovells

Marion Specklin, Coordinator, Droits d'Urgence

Olivia Legin-Jonas, Lawyer, Droits d'Urgence

Stefanie Chan, Responsible Business Advisor, EMEA & APAC

Dominique Danh, Responsible Business Coordinator EMEA

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Intellectual Property Training on securing your communication tools: the example of copyrights (in French)

Paris and virtual, Thursday, November 25, 2:00pm – 3.00pm CET

The training aims to provide a best practice guide to non-profits to ensure the safe use of their communication tools, focusing on copyright and image rights.

Julie Gemptel, Associate, Intellectual Property, Hogan Lovells

Etienne Barjol, Associate, Intellectual Property, Hogan Lovells

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Pro bono: outline of a diversified future (in French)

Paris and virtual, Friday, November 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CET

Maimouna Goudiaby will speak at this event organised by the firms French pro bono partner Alliance des Avocats pour les Droits de l’Homme (AADH), which is aimed at showcasing different and original pro bono matters in the French pro bono landscape. Maimouna will notably speak about the comparative research the firm has done on the legal rights of unaccompanied minors in Europe.

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Mareike van Oosting, Responsible Business Manager EMEA

Dr. Marion Fischer, Counsel and Responsible Business Senior Advisor EMEA

Stefanie Chan, Responsible Business Advisor APAC & EMEA

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