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 www.internationalprobono.com. 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 publicisethe 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.