On 22 October 2018, as part of Global Pro Bono Week, ROLE UK, a DFID funded programme of A4ID and Clifford Chance LLP partnered to host an event on "Developing an SDG-centric Pro Bono Programme: Opportunities and Challenges".
In 2018, ROLE UK supported a pair of assignments working with the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC), facilitating an incoming observation visit from judges from three jurisdictions to the UK, and subsequently their participation at the second SIFoCC conference in New York in September 2018. This activity was the first of its kind for SIFoCC, and represented a significant departure from ROLE UK's usual model of assignment support, which typically involves providing assistance to deploy UK pro bono expertise overseas.
The international pro bono sector in the UK is complex. It is made up of a diverse set of players with different reasons for doing pro bono, different ways of going about it and different partnerships through which to deliver it. What they all have in common, however, is a desire to improve the...
ROLE UK has produced a guide to the planning, delivery and monitoring of legal technical assistance, for use by legal and judicial experts delivering pro bono work in developing countries.
Legal and judicial experts from the UK and elsewhere can potentially play a very useful role in supporting efforts to strengthen the rule of law and access to justice in developing countries.
A ROLE UK paper by Lawrence McNamara, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law September 2015
Legal academics are among those who might make very valuable contributions to ROLE UK programming.
This Review and Learning Report, commissioned by ROLE, presents evidence and learning to date in relation to the assignments that ROLE supports. It analyses a sample of 12 assignments in order to assess the ROLE theory of change and the value of the pro bono model it supports. ROLE has a strong focus on evidence and learning and welcomes the recommendations contained within this report, which are informing ongoing programme implementation.
The skills, expertise and resources within the UK legal and judicial sector represent an important opportunity for supporting effective and accountable rule of law policies and practices in developing countries.
ROLE UK strengthens the contribution of UK government and pro bono legal and...
This paper outlines the methods that ROLE UK uses for testing the extent to which it represents ‘value for money’.
It proposes new measures that ROLE could consider introducing to strengthen its evidence base.
It also provides an analysis of ROLE UK’s value for money to date.
This short briefing paper brings together key lessons from the evidence on what works in international development Rule of Law (RoL) interventions, and from the pro bono assignments supported by ROLE UK. Its aim is to support more effective capacity building and technical assistance work in developing countries by UK government and pro bono legal and judicial experts.