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UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network: Managing Pro Bono Partnerships During Health Crises

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ROLE UK Programme supported travel for UK experts to deliver capacity-building training alongside in-country partners. Since the outbreak, both the Programme and its stakeholders have had to strategically adapt to the circumstances and deliver most activities remotely. The Programme has reflected on the opportunities and challenges that have come with the move to online pro bono delivery, launching a peer-to-...

Defining the Rule of Law: Improved Laws, Institutions, and Practices

This paper provides a working definition of the rule of law and the importance for a holistic vision for rule of law to be a part of the international development agenda. Improving laws is not as effective without fair and effective implementation. It relies on independent institutions guided by the principles of equality and the upholding of human rights, and access to justice for all. Through strengthening the rule of law in all its aspects, we can lay the foundation for sustainable...

Equality Mainstreaming in Rule of Law Strengthening: A Guide

Equality mainstreaming is a process that is often overlooked in rule of law programmes. There are several misunderstandings over its role in rule of law work and how it can be applied. However, if marginalised groups are supported to access institutions and mechanisms that administer justice, and if these institutions are strengthened to deliver justice, rule of law programmes are significantly more likely to facilitate the emergence of more peaceful and equitable societies. Adopting...

Peer-to-Peer in Action: A Case Study of iProbono and LAPSOJ

This case study for the P2P in Action series focuses on the partnership between iProbono and the Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice (LAPSOJ) to promote economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR) in Nepal.

Following the entrenchment of ESCR for the first time in Nepal’s new constitution in 2015, iProbono and LAPSOJ formed a partnership after identifying a need for legal technical support to advance the development and implementation of ESCR in the country. Harnessing the power...

The Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises

The COVID-19 pandemic has again highlighted the close links between authorities’ responses to a health crisis, and the rule of law.

To control the spread of the virus, and to preserve health systems and human lives, governments around the world have limited individual freedoms. They have taken measures ranging from collecting and processing private data, to general population confinement – including strict quarantine. Without pronouncing on their necessity or effectiveness, in...

Improving the Rule of Law: A guide to Risk Management

Risk management is a process familiar to most organisations. The way in which risk is assessed and dealt with, however, varies depending on the type of work and actors involved. International development requires a unique approach to risk management due to the complex contexts in countries with high levels of poverty and inequality, weak state institutions and weak legal systems. This is particularly true for legal pro bono work that aims to strengthen the rule of law in these settings. A4ID’s...

Judicial Peer-To-Peer Learning To Strengthen The Rule Of Law: A Guide

Fair and effective judiciaries are central to strengthening the rule of law, ensuring equitable access to justice and upholding human rights. In many countries, judges and others working within the judiciary face complex challenges and receive limited training, support and professional development opportunities. Judicial Peer-To-Peer Learning To Strengthen The Rule Of Law: A Guide examines the value of facilitating peer-to-peer learning as a model for supporting judges and...

Peer-to-Peer in Action: A Case Study of SIFoCC

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.

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 help...

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 the...

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