Peer-to-peer interactions within the legal and judicial pro bono sector usually rely on face-to-face meetings and interpersonal interactions. Since the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the international legal and development sectors have been thrust into the world of remote working. This situation has provided an opportunity for A4ID’s ROLE UK Programme and its stakeholders to consider how day-to-day work can continue successfully online, particularly when facilitating meaningful peer-to-peer engagements. This is of particular relevance for actors engaged in international peer-to-peer dialogues as they negotiate the current pandemic restrictions while anticipating the nature of this work when the pandemic de-escalates.
This paper outlines four case studies of online peer-to-peer activities, delivered by partnership stakeholders of the ROLE UK Programme. From observations of these interactions, as well as discussions with the activity organisers, reflections have been collated on what worked well, potential improvements and, ultimately, whether peer-to-peer work can still be meaningful when conducted remotely.