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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 the...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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 can...

Why corruption matters: understanding causes, effects and how to address them

“What are the conditions that facilitate corruption, what are its costs and what are the most effective ways to combat it?”

This Evidence Paper is published by the UK Department for International Development. It is not a policy document.

The paper was written by a team led by Alina Rocha Menocal at the Overseas Development Institute (now on secondment at the Developmental Leadership Program) and Nils Taxell at U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre.

This paper seeks to:...

Improving Business and Human Rights (BHR): Mapping the East African BHR Sector

The impact of business on human rights is a relatively new area of engagement among the legal community, government, and businesses alike in East Africa, consistent with a global trend. The last decade has seen a growing engagement on this issue in the East Africa region, partly due to the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011. A4ID’s ROLE UK Programme commissioned this mapping report to better understand...

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...

Making the most of International Pro Bono Assistance

This handbook is an essential guide for all those involved in the planning, delivery or receipt of international pro bono services.

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