IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C2.2, Convention Centre, Level 2

Session information

Pro bono services for isolated communities

Thursday 12 October (0930 - 1045)

Room C2.2, Convention Centre, Level 2


Pro Bono Committee (Lead)


Isolated communities come in a variety of shapes, sizes and locations. Physically isolated communities might come to mind first, but people and communities can be isolated for a range of reasons, all of which can create access to justice obstacles. This session considers the challenges faced by potential clients in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia as a result of having access to fewer legal resources than those in major urban areas, as well as strategies used by pro bono firms to fix this imbalance. This session also considers a variety of other ‘isolated’ communities inside and outside Australia, including those in major cities who, due to language barriers, physical ability and age barriers, cultural barriers and social barriers, find themselves isolated from mainstream legal services.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Garth Tinsley Ashurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Professor Artemia Fabre Artemia Fabre Zarandona, Campeche, Mexico
Jenny Lovric Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Chief Isiaka Olagunju SAN Abike Chambers, Ibadan, Nigeria; President / Chairperson, Member Organisations
Balazs Sahin-Toth Allen & Overy, Budapest, Hungary
Professor Abiola Sanni Federal Inland Revenue Service, Abuja, Nigeria