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The Pro Bono Committee’s objectives are to foster worldwide recognition of the principle that access to justice is the right of all individuals and to promote access to justice for all, regardless of their financial means, race, age, ethnicity, gender, or popularity of cause.
Committee Chair: Peter King            View Full Officer List    

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Committee Newsletters & Publications

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Pro Bono Committee newsletter, September 2015

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Pro Bono Committee newsletter, May 2015

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Pro Bono Committee newsletter, October 2014

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IBA Pro Bono Declaration, (PDF)

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About the Committee

The IBA is committed to actively encouraging lawyers, judges, law firms, bar associations, law schools, and governmental and non-governmental organisations to participate in pro bono legal service.
Accordingly, in 2008, the IBA published its Pro Bono Declaration and charged the then Pro Bono & Access to Justice Committee with primary responsibility, together with its other access to justice work, for delivering on this commitment.
From 2013, recognising the importance to the profession of pro bono provision, this work has been taken up by a restructured Pro Bono Committee, whose mandate is to focus exclusively on the promotion and facilitation of pro bono work in furtherance of the aims of the Pro Bono Declaration.
More information on the Committee's work can be found on its dedicated website In addition to containing articles recognising current best practice, a Twitter feed and links to other helpful pro bono materials, the site acts as a showcase for the Committee's work, including its annual Pro Bono Award and reports and video coverage of its Annual Conference Sessions. Further initiatives include establishing Regional Working Groups to identify and address particular pro bono needs across the globe and a Clearing House Directory to publicise the work of the growing community of pro bono clearing houses and support their work.
The Committee continues to seek new methods of encouraging and supporting pro bono work across the profession and is particularly keen to attract additional members who share its enthusiasm and dedication and would like to participate actively in its work.



Film and Media

Pro Bono doesn't have to begin at home

This session from the IBA Annual Conference 2015 focuses on international pro bono and reviews the different areas of opportunity for this work.

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Pro Bono and Young Lawyers

Filmed session from the IBA Annual Conference 2014 presented by the Pro Bono Committee and Young Lawyers Committee of the IBA. What are the challenges faced by young lawyers in conducting pro bono work and how should firms and bar associations help?

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Raising the Bar - the Essential Role of Bar Associations in the Promotion of Pro Bono

This 2013 IBA Annual Conference session sought to explain the critical role that Bar Associations and Law Societies have to play in developing the necessary supporting infrastructure to facilitate and nurture a sustainable pro bono culture, while ensuring pro bono provision is conducted to acceptable standards.

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2016 Conferences


IBA Annual Conference 2016

18-23 September 2016, Washington DC, USA