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Peer-to-Peer Approaches for Pro Bono Rule of Law Support

This guidance note focuses on a specific type of approach to pro bono work; adopting ‘peer-to-peer’ approaches to the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience between UK legal and judicial experts and their counterparts in developing countries. Peer-to-peer approaches hold significant potential as a particularly meaningful and impactful subset of pro bono work. This paper provides guidance on how to realise this potential and sets out some challenges and recommendations for maximising...

Pro bono and the Sustainable Development Goals: A guide for international law firms working with NGOs

This report provides guidance for pro bono providers on how to articulate, monitor and report on the ways in which their pro bono support is contributing to international development, with the aim of assisting firms in maximising this contribution. The guidance note is of particular relevance to law firms working with NGO clients.

The report, using the findings from a review of Clifford Chance’s pro bono work for NGOs to identify where learning from international development may...

Political Economy Analysis - Guidance for legal technical assistance

This guidance note is for use by those involved in the design and delivery of pro bono and legal technical assistance projects aimed at advancing the rule of law in developing countries.

Seeking to bring about change in relation to the rule of law requires an understanding of the particular political and economic factors that exist within a context. PEA is an approach through which to consider these factors, identify underlying needs and problems in relation to the rule of law, and...

International pro bono: What do we know about what works?

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.

ROLE UK: Value for Money

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.

Reflections on ROLE UK's approach: Learning from reviews of justice and security programming

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 judicial experts through direct support to assignments. It also does so by adopting a critical approach to questions of how the relevance, sustainability and impact of international pro bono work...

Independent Review and Learning Report

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.

United Nations: Business and Human Rights

This publication contains the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework", which were developed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

The Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles in its resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011.

Guidance note: How legal pro bono assistance can add value to development programming

This guidance note highlights lessons learnt about effective use of legal pro bono assistance by LASER (DFID’s Legal Assistance for Economic Reform programme). The focus is on how this assistance can be woven into development programming to enhance the impact of both the programming and the pro bono assistance provided.

Engaging Legal Academics in Law and Development Programming

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 paper identifies some of the gaps, opportunities and challenges in drawing legal academics into law and development programming. It concludes that legal academics are a very large, very highly skilled group...

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