Pro Bono Award

IBA Pro Bono Award

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The IBA Pro Bono Committee awards its prestigious Pro Bono Award annually to lawyers who are leading our profession in building a pro bono culture. The award is free to enter and it is open to all lawyers, whether or not they are members of the IBA.

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Each year, the IBA’s Pro Bono Committee honour a lawyer who has shown an outstanding commitment to pro bono work as part of their legal career.

The IBA Pro Bono Committee’s mission is to support the IBA in promoting pro bono work globally through implementation of the IBA Pro Bono Declaration and the exchange of information and the promotion of best practice. Pro bono work is a cornerstone of the legal profession, and the IBA Pro Bono Committee wants to help build a culture of pro bono work by lawyers, law firms and organisations of lawyers as a vehicle for access to justice where that right is not fully supported by legal aid.

LexisNexis is honoured to sponsor the IBA Pro Bono Committee Award and hopes the winner will accept the Award in person during the IBA’s Annual Conference LexisNexis sponsorship provides a contribution of $5,500 USD to their attendance.

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The nominations for this award are now closed. The winner of the award will be announced at the IBA Annual Conference in Rome, 07-12 October 2018, and any shortlisted candidates will be published below. The next opportunity to apply for the IBA Pro Bono Award will be in 2019, please click here if you would like to be informed when the award will be open for nominations.

Previous Winners

Congratulations to Balazs Sahin-Toth, winner of the 2017 Pro Bono Award!

Congratulations to Odette Geldenhuys, winner of the 2016 Pro Bono Award!

Congratulations to Marcos Fuchs, winner of the 2015 Pro Bono Award!


Congratulations to Nick Paul, winner of the 2014 Pro Bono Award!


Congratulations to Susan Finegan, winner of the 2013 Pro Bono Award!