IBA Pro Bono

Pro bono work is an integral component of the legal profession and its community.

    
The International Bar Association recognises and supports its members in rendering public interest professional pro bono and legal aid services worldwide.  It supports their professional vision and commitment to providing such services to those areas where it is needed most.
    
Performance of pro bono work has a positive systemic impact and enriches the true value of the legal profession.
              
Please click here for more information about this project and its aims. 
 
 

Projects and Aims

 
IBA Member Bar Associations and Soros Foundations registered with the International Bar Association may use this site to submit requests for pro bono assistance from IBA Group Member Firms around the world.
 
IBA Group Member Firms may use this site to view and respond to requests from Member Bar Associations and Soros Foundations.
 
For further information on how to use this site, Member Bar Associations, Soros Foundations and Group Member Firms will find useful information here.
 
For further information on the aims of this site, click here.
 
For terms and conditions of use, and legal disclaimers, click here.   
 

In order to fully utilise all areas of this site:

IBA Member Bar Associations and Soros Foundations will need to login on the right.  This will give you the ability to submit requests for pro bono assistance from IBA Group Member Firms around the world.
 
IBA Group Member Firms will need to login on the right, which will allow you to view and respond to requests from Member Bar Associations and Soros Foundations. 
Member Bar Associations should use their normal IBA website login details.
Soros Foundations should use their assigned login details.  If you do not know your details, please contact us at probonosite@int-bar.org.
Group Member Firms should use their normal IBA website login details.
 

Please note: On your first visit you will need to complete your user profile.
Some fields in your user profile are pre-populated from the registration information held with the International Bar Association.  Should you find any incorrect or out-of-date information in these fields, please go to the IBA website to make necessary changes.
 

 
The site provides an online form by which Member Bar Associations or Soros Foundation can outline the various components of the need, specify any resources they may be able to contribute toward the firm’s pro bono efforts, identify any expected costs that the work will generate, and estimate the time frame and scope of the project.  The form is designed to lead the organisation through the identifying steps needed for effective communication of the request to the IBA Group Member Firms.
 
An IBA staff member will review the request and liaise with the organisation to identify any further questions or outstanding information that may be needed by a firm in order to determine potential participation.  The staff member will also work with organisations who cannot use the internet effectively for submission of requests.
 
The site will post these requests so that Group Member Firms may log on to view details of potential pro bono work.  The site will also generate notifying emails to Group Member Firm pro bono coordinators, to let them know of new requests for assistance, and the IBA staff member will maintain a relationship with these coordinators to help ‘match’ the supply and demand ends of the equation.  The site will also indicate when a request has been taken up for assistance.
 
Please note: The IBA cannot guarantee that all requests will be taken up by a Group Member Firm but will make efforts to find an appropriate match.
Conversely the IBA will not engage in in-depth vetting of requests on behalf of the pro bono coordinators at the various firms.
 
The IBA role will be to perform the base-level due diligence on a request and to make sure that the pro bono coordinators within its Group Member circle are well aware of these opportunities. 
 
 
 

This project has been designed to meet the following aims:

   
  • To assist in the identification of specific needs for pro bono assistance within IBA Member Bar Associations and Soros Foundations, and in the identification of corresponding support that can be provided by Group Member Firms of the International Bar Association;
  • To establish a website to serve as an online ‘matching’ model to connect those with needs with those with means of support;
  • To ensure that the site is user-friendly, and to supplement the site with staff assistance for regions where internet technology may not be adequate for effective communication;
  • To assist Member Bar Associations and Soros Foundations to structure their pro bono requests in a format that encourages response from Group Member firms who can provide assistance;
  • To encourage IBA Group Member Firms to render pro bono activities by keeping them informed of concrete and practical ways they can assist with capacity-building initiatives around the world;
  • To facilitate the development of pro bono work in regions where its reach is limited;
  • To promote volunteering as an integral part of legal practice;
  • To promote and reinforce the Rule of Law.
      
 
 
The project was developed in response to interest expressed by Group Member firms, who felt that the International Bar Association was uniquely positioned to connect them with pro bono needs across an international spread that focus on the stimulating area of capacity-building, giving them an opportunity to assist in the development of the legal profession in a direct and effective way.  It has been partially funded by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute.
 
Portions of the site are password-protected to provide confidential access to its users.  IBA Member Bar Associations, Soros Foundations, and IBA Group Member Firms have all been assigned log-in capabilities in order to use the site. 
 
 

Terms and Conditions of Use

The content provided on IBAprobono.com is provided as a service to International Bar Association (hereinafter "IBA") Group Member law firms, IBA Member Organisations, and Open Society Institutes under the Soros Foundations network (hereinafter “Open Society Institutes”). This website is referred to hereinafter as “IBAprobono.com”.
IBAprobono.com will be a limited access site with a dynamic link up model requiring a username and a password for member access amongst its users. Nothing on IBAprobono.com constitutes legal advice, and the IBA makes no representations or warranties with regard to the accuracy, reliability or suitability of the information on IBAprobono.com. The IBA makes no representations or warranties that IBAprobono.com will operate free of errors, viruses or other harmful elements, or will operate uninterrupted.
Users of IBAprobono.com should keep and maintain information that identifies the source of any content on IBAprobono.com and should not reproduce portions or make any modifications of such material for commercial purposes or in such a way that the source of the material is identified but the material is not properly displayed.
The IBA logo used on IBAprobono.com is a trademark of the IBA. The IBA name, motto and logo should not be publicised or advertised in any way that expresses or implies endorsement, sponsorship or affiliation with any entity, product or service, without the written permission of the IBA.
 
General Disclaimer
The IBA is not responsible or liable for any damages arising out of or in connection with the use of IBAprobono.com or in dependence to the information available on IBAprobono.com. This includes any personal injury, loss of use, manipulation of data, difference in profits, whether in an action of contract, civil tort or negligence.
 
The IBA will not engage itself in the internal arrangement, management, representation or any form of project selection within the IBA Group Member firms, the IBA Member Organisations and/or the Open Society Institutes.
 
The IBA will not play any role in identifying any costs and/or expenses (including but not limited to only on-site or off-site services) incurred in the process of rendering any such pro bono service between IBA Group Member firms and the IBA Member Organisations and/or the Open Society Institutes.
 
The IBA shall not be responsible for bearing any costs and/or expenses (including but not limited to only on-site or off-site services) incurred in the process of rendering any such pro bono service between IBA Group Member firms and the IBA Member Organisations and/or any the Open Society Institutes.
 
The IBA does not guarantee that any particular request for pro bono services will be taken up by an IBA Group Member Firm but will make efforts to find an appropriate match.
 
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