The Centre was delighted to participate in the Inaugural Asia Pro Bono Virtual Conference & Access to Justice Exchange (September 24-28, 2020). The theme for this year’s conference was Pro Bono in a Transitioning Environment. The conference had more than 40 sessions, almost 1,000 participants and volunteers, from more than 44 countries coming together from throughout Asia and the globe, to help ensure greater access to justice and strengthen and expand pro bono initiatives.
The focus of this year’s conference reflected the many transitions facing the world. It aimed to show how these transitions have proved challenging, but simultaneously there have been many positive components that have arisen. The Centre has supported the continuing development of the conference since its inception in 2011 and this year was pleased to share its new key resource Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis with all conference attendees and to facilitate the session onThe Transitioning Environment of In-House Counsel Pro Bono.
The session, which was facilitated by Jessica Hatherall, the Centre’s Head of Policy and Strategy, examined the growth of in-house pro bono in a transitioning environment. Four panellists from around the world shared best practice, and provided inspiration and practical advice to encourage the growth of in-house pro bono. You can watch a recording of the session here.
Next year’s 10th Asia Pro Bono Conference & Access to Justice Exchange is planning to take place in person in Laos.