Focus on Pro Bono - European Briefing 2019

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3 Dec 2019

European Pro Bono Briefing


Chambers and Partners will be focusing on global pro bono research in 2020. As a result, we will conduct in-depth research and analysis of current trends and attitudes towards pro bono in the global legal marketplace. Our analysis will include the number of pro bono hours firms are committed to across jurisdictions to the type of pro bono matters undertaken across the globe.

In November 2019, we hosted our inaugural European pro bono seminar in association with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Amsterdam as part of European Pro Bono Week.

The purpose of this event was to:

  • Explore the current law firm approach to pro bono by European firms and US firms;
  • Share best practice;
  • Highlight the work of lawyers committed and determined to protecting human rights across the globe;
  • Gain insights from NGOs such as MLDI and PILP.

Case studies:

This briefing contains case studies from law firms leading the way in terms of commitment to pro bono and includes case examples where NGOs, MLDI and PILP have partnered with pro bono lawyers .

  • European Court of Human Rights rules on hyperlinking and defamatory content – Media Legal Defence Initiative
  • Afghan 1Fs and the access to the EU Court of Justice – The Public Interest Litigation Project
  • Landmark EU Court of Justice Ruling on Free Movement Rights for Same-Sex Spouses – White & Case
  • The Ocean Cleanup – De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek


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