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PILnet is happy to send you our list of available pro bono matters for which we are seeking volunteers. 


To request a matter please contact:
Lorna Kralik:  lkralik@pilnet.org 
cc: Marieanne McKeown mmckeown@pilnet.org 
cc: Gyongyver Papp gypapp@pilnet.org
 

Please consider taking matters in full or in part, for one jurisdiction or multiple.
Our assignment policy is listed at the bottom of this email.

 

If you are aware of research that your firm (or another) has done that may be relevant to the listed matters, we welcome your input and will pass it on to the NGO.
 

Pro Bono Matters - 19 May 2016

 
  1. ERRC - Assist with litigation on behalf of Roma community to challenge mass eviction from city centre to edge of waste dump
    Romania - Negotiable
     
  2. Hivos - Help NGO further develop and present guidelines to companies regarding employment of migrant domestic workers in Qatar
    Qatar - As soon as possible 2016 (Phase I)
     
  3. PILnet - Comparative research, in support of HIV discrimination case, on jurisdiction of individual government agencies to order another government agency to provide redress
    Taiwan, multi-jurisdictional (suggested: Germany, US, China, UK) - August 2016
     
  4. Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy - Review of a memorandum of understanding to be executed between health policy NGO and healthcare facilities
    US - Negotiable
     
  5. Fair Employment Foundation - Assist an employment agency that supports foreign domestic workers with developing content for a mobile application
    Singapore (Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia) - September 2016
     
  6. EU – Russia Civil Society Forum - Advice on charity registration in Europe for umbrella organization 
    EU - Negotiable deadline
     
  7. Violations Documentation Center - Assist Swiss-registered NGO to establish legal presence in Turkey
    Turkey/Switzerland - As soon as possible
     
  8. Ceske Okenko - Provide guidance on charity application for UK-based Czech & Slovak cultural association
    UK - As soon as possible
     
  9. China Dialogue - Advise UK charity on legal and tax implications related to their recently established Chinese entity
    UK - As soon as possible
     
  10. Watershed - International NGO seeks assistance with forensic audit 
    Kenya - As soon as possible
     
  11. European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights - Legal research of laws regulating use of pesticides; to be used to develop advocacy plans and deliver trainings to affected communities
    Primarily: South Africa, Mexico and Brazil; if possible: Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Costa Rica - Negotiable
     
  12. Article 19 (I) - Comparative and country research related to access to the internet
    Global (England and Wales, U.S., France, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Poland taken) - 30 June 2016
     
  13. Article 19 (II) - Comparative and country research related to freedom of expression and “hate speech”
    Global (England and Wales, Germany, Norway, U.S., India, France, Ireland, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Poland taken) - 30 June 2016
     
  14. Association for Human Rights in Central Asia - Assistance in updating statutory and administrative documents of French human rights NGO
    France -  As soon as possible
     
  15. Terre des hommes - Collect legal norms for children's rights awareness program
    Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, (Italy, UK taken)- As soon as possible
     
  16. Law Scanner – Legal training and training materials on strategic medical malpractice litigation
    Europe (civil law jurisdictions) - Ongoing

Assist with litigation on behalf of Roma community to challenge mass eviction from city centre to edge of waste dump


NGO: European Roma Rights Centre
Websitewww.errc.org
Project: Litigation on behalf of Roma community to challenge eviction from city centre to edge of waste dump
Jurisdiction: Romania
Legal topic: Litigation for a community
Deadline: Negotiable
Language: English, Romanian
Criteria: Litigation experience

Additional information:

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is an international public interest law organisation working to combat anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma through strategic litigation, research and policy development, advocacy and human rights education.

Since its establishment in 1996, the ERRC has endeavoured to provide Roma with the tools necessary to combat discrimination and achieve equal access to justice, education, housing, health care and public services.

The ERRC has been working with a Roma community from Cluj-Napoca (Romania) since 2010 to challenge their eviction from the city centre to the edge of a waste dump.  The waste dump itself was shut down, but now two temporary dumps have been opened on its edges, and we would like to initiate separate civil proceedings under the anti-discrimination law in particular to challenge this action as racially discriminatory.  The organisation has limited resources for this kind of litigation and would like to find pro bono representation, preferably from a firm with offices in Cluj (but that is not crucial, especially if the lawyers can travel).  

Please note that there is no more time to take administrative proceedings against the authorisation for the dumps, so civil proceedings are the only way forward. ERRC is looking to sue the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca and one of its subordinate company, and we also want to sue the private company that runs waste services in the area (Brantner Veres S.A).

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Help NGO further develop and present guidelines to companies regarding employment of migrant domestic workers in Qatar


NGO: Hivos
Website: www.hivos.org
Project: Positive engagement of private companies to improve treatment of migrant domestic workers
Jurisdiction: Qatar
Legal topic: Employment law
Deadline: As soon as possible
Language: English
Criteria: Employment law desirable; familiarity with domestic workers' right desirable 

Additional information:

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. They oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources, with their primary focus to achieve structural change that fosters sustainable economies and inclusive societies. They cooperate with partners across four continents. These can be artists or lawyers, but also energy companies and knowledge institutions. The projects they develop and support can be large-scale and long-term, but also small and experimental. What their partners have in common is that they seek to bring about social change through innovative ways. 

Hivos plans to organize workshops for businesses in which they will explore the role of companies in changing the narrative on domestic work, and consider how the companies can influence the behavior of their own employees, who are themselves the employers of domestic workers. In order for expatriates in Qatar to employ migrant domestic workers, they must obtain a "Letter of No Objection" from the expatriate's employer. Hivos would like to encourage companies to take advantage of this opportunity to increase awareness and enforcement of domestic workers' rights.

The NGO has developed a set of guidelines for employers, and is now looking for lawyers to support the project. Activities include:
  • The development of a written pledge (and possible sanctions) for employers of domestic workers (Phase I); and 
     
  • Co-presentation in workshops, specifically in reference to the development of company policies concerning the treatment of migrant domestic workers by employee (Phase II).
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Comparative research, in support of HIV discrimination case, on jurisdiction of individual government agencies to order another government agency to provide redress



NGO: PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law
Website: www.pilnet.org
Project: Arising from a unique HIV-discrimination case in Taiwan, PILnet seeks comparative research on the incidence of individual government agencies reviewing the decisions of other government agencies (or public sector entities), and the procedure whereby they may direct those other agencies to undertake action to remedy identified legal transgressions
Jurisdiction: Taiwan, multi-jurisdictional (suggested: Germany, US, China, UK)
Legal Topic: Administrative law, anti-discrimination law
Deadline: August 2016
Language: English
Criteria: Experience with administrative law and anti-discrimination law desirable

Additional information:

PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law connects and collaborates with partners to create globally-available resources that make local public interest advocacy more effective. PILnet’s work to support LGBTI rights in Asia ranges from matching pro bono resources and legal capacity-building training for LGBTI-rights advocacy NGOs, to supporting an NGO partners that brought the first gender identity discrimination case in China’s history. PILnet is now partnering with leading NGOs to establish China’s first LGBTI legal aid centre as well as its first LGBTI pro bono clearinghouse. Closely related to our LGBTI work is the issue of discrimination faced by people living with HIV and AIDS.

PILnet has become aware of a unique HIV discrimination case in Taiwan concerning the denial of rights to education. A HIV-positive student in a national, government-run university was expelled. Though the official reasons did not explicitly mention the student’s HIV status, the student claimed that the university discriminated against him due to his HIV-positive status. A local HIV/AIDS advocacy NGO helped the student appeal the case to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW). MHW investigated the student’s claim and, agreeing that it was an instance of discrimination, ordered that the university reinstate the student. However, the university rejected the MOW’s demand and brought the case to court.

The court ruled in favour of the university, citing that the MOW did not have authority to overturn the university’s decision because the university is not under the jurisdiction of the MHW, but rather another government agency, the Ministry of National Defense. An appeal has now been filed.

While it is common in some jurisdictions for independent statutory bodies, such as the Ombudsman, to make recommendations for a government agency to provide redress where there has been findings of maladministration or other wrongdoing, PILnet would like to understand whether there are examples of jurisdictions where one governmental agency has the statutory power or other authority to order another governmental agency to provide redress.

Given the significance of the pending appeal on the educational rights of HIV-positive students, PILnet is requesting pro bono legal assistance with comparative research on whether and how intergovernmental agency review occurs in Taiwan and three other jurisdictions. Some suggested jurisdictions include Germany, United States, China and United Kingdom.

The research will be used to support the appeal proceedings in the HIV-discrimination case. 

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Review of a memorandum of understanding to be executed between health policy NGO and healthcare facilities


NGO: Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)
Website: www.cddep.org
Project: Review of a generic memorandum of understanding that would be executed between CDDEP and multiple healthcare facilities
Legal topic: Contract law
Jurisdiction: US
Deadline: Negotiable
Language: English
Criteria: Familiarity with data protection, healthcare law desirable


Additional information:

Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy was founded with the objective of using research to support better decision-making in health policy. CDDEP is an independent nonprofit organization, with two locations: Washington, DC and New Delhi, India. Researchers at CDDEP employ a range of expertise to conduct actionable, policy-oriented research on global and regional public health issues such as malaria, antibiotic resistance, environment health, and other global health priorities.

CDDEP has developed a surveillance tool that allows hospitals to submit patient-level de-identified antimicrobial susceptibility data which is then aggregated. The data is for national surveillance, but hospitals have the ability to examine their own data and compare to national data.

The organization seeks pro bono review of a generic memorandum of understanding. The MOU would be executed between CDDEP and multiple healthcare facilities to ensure that it contains all the information that is needed to protect both CDDEP and the healthcare organization in the case of a dispute.


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Assist an employment agency that supports foreign domestic workers with developing content for a mobile application


NGO: Fair Employment Foundation
Website: www.FairAgency.org http://www.fair.foundation/#!mobile-app/mk3q7
Project: Fair Employment Foundation Limited (FEF) is a Hong Kong charitable foundation focused on improving the system of recruitment and hiring of migrant labour in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. FEF recently launched the “FAIR HK” app, which was developed to empower domestic workers and their employers in Hong Kong by giving them access to accurate and up-to-date information. FEA would like to expand the app to Singapore and is seeking pro bono legal assistance to help develop the Singaporean content. FEF is the parent company of Fair Employment Agency Ltd., a Hong Kong social enterprise providing ethical migrant labour placement services in Hong Kong.
Jurisdiction: Singapore (Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia)
Legal topic: General, Employment law, Anti-discrimination
Deadline: September 2016
Language: English
Criteria: General research skills into a variety of Singaporean legislation as the legal content of the application will be based on a variety of laws/regulations. General knowledge of the situation facing domestic migrant workers in Singapore would be useful.

 
Additional Information:

FEF advances its mission through education and training, fundraising, and raising public awareness, as well as through subsidiary social ventures like Fair Employment Agency (FEA). Many domestic workers are charged illegal fees by agencies which lead to unethical debts, as workers are forced to borrow money from lenders who charge extortionately high interest rates. Furthermore, these agencies lack the incentive to match employers with a suitable domestic worker. FEA is leading the establishment of new and fair model practices within the migrant labour recruitment industry by not charging domestic workers placement fees to ensure a high level of professionalism and commitment to finding the right match between workers and employers.

Launched in April 2016, the FAIR HK app is the first-ever comprehensive mobile application to empower both employers and domestic workers to better understand their rights and responsibilities, to access support services and advice, and to find education and training opportunities. The app provides practical tools such as a calculator for termination pay and annual leave and push notifications providing timely updates on changes in law, key developments etc. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response received since the launch, FEF would like to expand the app initially to Singapore, and possibly in the future to Macau, Taiwan and Malaysia.

FEA would like pro bono legal assistance with reviewing the current app structure and help generate content for the next iteration of the app. As not all app content is legal in nature, volunteer lawyers may elect to assist only with the legal content. However, FEF would greatly appreciate volunteer lawyers to contribute to all of the content, as the information is invaluable to domestic workers highly vulnerable to exploitation. At this stage, while FEF is focusing on developing the Singaporean content, it is also seeking expressions of interest from pro bono lawyers with respect to assisting with content for Macau, Taiwan and Malaysia.

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Advice on charity registration in Europe for umbrella organization 


NGO: EU–Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF)
Websites: eu-russia-csf.org        www.austausch.org
Project: Establishment of NGO umbrella organization as legal entity in Europe
Jurisdiction: EU
Legal topic: NGO charity registration
Deadline: Negotiable
Language: English or German or Russian
Criteria: Familiarity with charity registration desirable

Additional information:

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum was established in 2011 as a permanent common platform of non-governmental organisations. It aims to encourage cooperation and coordination of 158 member organisations from Russia and the European Union, as well as greater participation of NGOs in the EU-Russia dialogue. Since 2013, the Forum’s Secretariat has been based in Berlin at the premises of ones of its founding members, the German-Russian Exchange.

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum is would like to become registered as a legal entity. The CSF Secretariat is hosted by German–Russian Exchange/ Deutsch-Russischer Austausch e.V. in Berlin.

It plans to register as a charity/ non-profit organisation within the EU by July 2017. CSF seeks legal advice/ research on the best form for legal incorporation and on possible locations for the new entity. 

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Assist Swiss-registered NGO to establish legal presence in Turkey


NGO: Violations Documentation Center (VDC)
Website: www.vdc-sy.info
Project: NGO seeks a permit to establish presence in Turkey, as a branch of the Swiss organization, This will help the team to work closely with the field, and maintain a high work pace.
Jurisdictions: Turkey, Switzerland (probably)
Deadline: As soon as possible
Language: English (Arabic if possible)
Criteria: Desirable: Expertise in Turkish  Associations Law and  Foundations Law

Additional information:

The center monitors, documents and exposes violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Syria, and attempts, at the same time, to protect and enhance these rights in the culture of Syrians. The VDC establishes and updates entire lists with the names of Syrian casualties,   detainees, missing and kidnapped persons. It documents violations by the government and by non-state actors, and issues regular reports, statistical and thematic, of what it documents.

The VDC is registered in Switzerland as an independent non-governmental, non-profit association.

Establish formal presence in Turkey, as a Swiss non-profit association, which allow the VDC to open a bank account and a representative office.

The most relevant Turkish national laws affecting the sector can be found here

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Provide guidance on charity application for UK-based Czech & Slovak cultural association


NGO: Ceske Okenko
Website: www.okenko.co.uk
Project: To provide Czech Saturday classes in the UK
Jurisdiction: UK
Legal topic: Charity registration 
Deadline: As soon as possible
Language: English
Criteria: Familiarity with UK charity registration desired

Additional information:

Ceske Okenko aims to empower Czechs and Slovaks living in the UK, and to share Czech and Slovak cultural heritage with the local community- particularly in SW/SE London. The organization provides numerous services for individuals and families, including by Czech and Slovak classes on Saturdays, a variety of volunteering opportunities, and access to numerous cultural exchange events.

The organization is preparing to register with the Charity Commission. They would like a review of their constitution and advice on the most appropriate structure (CIO foundation or association) in relation to their activities. 

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Advise UK charity on legal and tax implications related to their recently established Chinese entity


NGO: China Dialogue
Websitewww.chinadialogue.net
Project: NGO is in need of advice on the UK legal and tax implications related to the Chinese entity they have recently established in Beijing.
Jurisdiction: UK 
Legal topic: Administrative and tax law
Deadline: As soon as possible
Language: English
Criteria: Familiarity with tax law as relates to international charities desired

Additional information: 

China Dialogue is a UK-registered charity devoted to the publication and dissemination of news and analysis on climate and environment. We are primarily focused on China, South Asia and Latin America.

In order to support their operations in China they have set up a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE). The sole shareholder is a trading subsidiary of the UK registered charity.

The organization is at the stage where they would like to make the WFOE operational, which means signing a service contract with one of their UK entities. Their preference would be for the contract to be signed with the trading subsidiary but they have been asked to seek advice regarding the potential legal and tax implications of such a relationship. 

China Dialogue is in need of pro bono UK legal and tax implications advice relative to the Chinese entity they have recently established in Beijing.

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International NGO seeks assistance with forensic audit 


NGO: Watershed Corporation Kenya/Watershed Inc. (US-registered nonprofit)
Website: www.watershedarts.com
Project: Investigation of theft or embezzlement of funds
Jurisdiction: Kenya (but it is not necessary to be located in Kenya)
Legal topic: Forensic audit
Deadline: As soon as possible
Language: English
Criteria: Experience with forensic audits

Additional information:

Watershed encourages the social and economic development of people and communities through arts programs, mentoring, education, and creative projects. The organization helps vulnerable groups, including youth, orphans and single mothers, to achieve their potential through mentorship, the support of a rural medical centre and education initiatives.

Watershed  requires a forensic audit to be carried out due to theft from the organization. This will assist in recovery of stolen funds. The results of the audit will be shared with local prosecutors.

In addition to the forensic audit, the NGO seeks advice regarding any further legal steps it can or should take regarding the theft.  

Watershed engaged the police in Nairobi in March 2015, and hired lawyers in May 2015 to pursue all necessary avenues. The NGO needs assistance to carry out a forensic audit, which the police now say is necessary to continue.

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Legal research of laws regulating use of pesticides; research to be used to develop advocacy plans and deliver trainings to affected communities


NGO: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Website: http://www.ecchr.eu/en/home.html
Project: ECCHR seeks legal research about the applicable law of national legal systems regulating the use of pesticides
Jurisdictions:  Primarily South Africa, Mexico and Brazil; if possible: Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Costa Rica
Legal topic: Tort law, corporate law
Deadline: 30 May 2016 (negotiable)
Language: English or Spanish
Criteria: Expertise in private law (tort law), corporate law, (some private international law knowledge)

Additional information:

ECCHR is dedicated to protecting civil and human rights, and believes that human rights violations, committed or aided by transnational enterprises, must be investigated and prosecuted. In order to ensure legal accountability, ECCHR initiates legal proceedings on behalf of victims.

Together with various partner organizations ECCHR is working on the issue of pesticides and related health risks.  Workers and farmers who regularly come into contact with certain pesticides have experienced severe health issues such as skin rashes and respiratory problems. Some studies have also linked such pesticides to long-term health conditions such as skin disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.  

ECCHR is exploring mechanisms which can be used by affected workers and farmers to advocate for improvements to their working conditions and health.  They are seeking pro bono lawyers in South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Cost Rica to conduct research and draft reports on the local legal framework relating to:
  • The regulation of the use of pesticides
  • Health and safety regulations as they relate to workers using pesticides as part of their job.
  • Civil liability/product liability laws
These local reports will be used by ECCHR and its partners to develop advocacy plans and deliver training locally to affected communities.

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Comparative and country research related to internet access


NGO: Article 19: Global Campaign For Free Expression
Website: www.article19.org
Project: Comparative and country research related to access to the internet
Jurisdiction: Global (U.S. taken)
Legal topic: Internet access regulation
Deadline: 30 June 2016
Language: English
Criteria: General research skills into a variety of country legislation since the regulation might be contained in a variety of laws/regulation. General knowledge of the country situation in the area of research would be useful.

Additional information

ARTICLE 19 (A19) is an international freedom of expression organization, established in 1987, with its international office in London and 7 regional offices. A19 advocates for the development of progressive standards on freedom of expression and freedom of information at the international and regional levels, and calls for their implementation in domestic legal systems.

A19 is developing a policy on access to the internet and how it is fundamental for effective exercise of the right to freedom of expression and other human rights.

A19 believes that the issues of internet access and digital technologies more broadly can be rooted in provisions that protect freedom of expression (see the Conseil Constitutionnel in France, for instance, that made such arguments).

It can also be linked to economic, social and cultural rights. Article 19 is looking for research on
  • how internet access has been recognized in international and national jurisprudence so far
  • what the limits to access are
  • how the principle of network neutrality is protected at the international and national levels
  • how net neutrality is linked to the protection of freedom of expression (e.g. what the rules are on net neutrality in various jurisdictions, what the limits are, whether there is any independent regulatory authority involved, etc.) and how this protection is in/sufficient.
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Comparative and country research related to freedom of expression and “hate speech”


NGO: Article 19: Global Campaign For Free Expression
Website: www.article19.org
Project: Comparative and country research related to freedom of expression and “hate speech”
Jurisdiction: Global (England and Wales, Germany, Norway, U.S. and India taken) 
Legal topic: Freedom of expression, discrimination, equality
Deadline: 30 June 2016
Language: English 
Criteria: General research skills into a variety of country legislation since the regulation might be contained in a variety of laws/regulation. General knowledge of the country situation is useful.

Additional information

Article 19 (A19) is an international freedom of expression organization, established in 1987, with its international office in London and 7 regional offices. A19 advocates for the development of progressive standards on freedom of expression and freedom of information at the international and regional levels, and calls for their implementation in domestic legal systems.

The request is related to A19’s policy work focused on permissible restrictions on freedom of expression on the basis of “hate speech”. The organization has developed several resources in this area, including The Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality, Prohibiting Incitement and recently, a toolkit Hate Speech Explained.

The NGO is working to expand policy regarding limitations on freedom of expression and hate speech under Article 19/3 of the ICCPR conditions. In particular, they are looking at how hate speech is restricted in various countries under legislation/case law on
  • political parties and parliaments
  • self-regulatory bodies of the print media
  • harassment regulation – in particular in terms of employment, education and public services.

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Assistance in updating statutory and administrative documents of French human rights NGO


NGO: Association for Human Rights in Central Asia – AHRCA
Website: www.ahrca.org
Project: AHRCA seeks assistance in updating their statutory and administrative documents
Jurisdiction: France
Legal Topic:  Administration and employment law
Deadline: As soon as possible
Languages: French, English. Russian if possible.
Criteria: Administration and employment law

Additional information:

Association for Human Rights in Central Asia is a French human rights organization whose purpose is, through monitoring and reporting of abuses, to protect individuals from torture and slavery, assist detained persons and refugees, and support the rule of law.

The organization needs an independent legal inspection of all statutory documents, related to the rights of employees, volunteers and external experts and consultants; development of the rules for providing one-time financial aid and reimbursement of direct costs relating to the projects of the organization; documents defining the rights and responsibilities of members of the organization.

AHRCA seeks legal assistance in strengthening the statutory foundations of their organization, including the review or development of the following:
  • Statute (draft available)
  • Code of Ethics (draft available)
  • Membership form and certificate (drafts available)
  • Volunteer agreement
  • Rules on funding network members
  • Application form for financial aid
  • Rules on funding project participants operating in Central Asian countries
  • Employment contracts
  • Rules on confidentiality and data protection of project members and participants
    These should be developed in accordance with French law and subject to national legal requirements of the Central Asia countries. The development of these documents requires coordination with the French authorities.
  • Development of statutory provisions for the humanitarian fund, which provides emergency financial aid to applicants utilizing funds received through an on-line donation system.
It is also necessary to make alterations in the financial reporting forms, which are used by project members in Central Asian countries to report cash flow.

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Collect legal norms for children's rights awareness program


NGO: Terre des hommes Foundation “Lausanne” in Hungary (Tdh)
Matter Number:2034
Website: www.tdh-europe.org
Project: Collecting relevant legal norms (in relation to criminal, civil and administrative procedures) for a rights awareness program for children in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania. A Tdh template will provide the framework for the research.
Jurisdiction: Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania (UK taken)
Legal Topic: Family law, children's rights
Deadline: April 2016
Language: English (report) and relevant languages in each jurisdiction
Criteria: Familiarity with laws that have an impact on the child protection system (family law, administrative procedures, privacy, etc.)

Additional information:

Terre des hommes is a Swiss Foundation with a mission to come to the aid of children in need around the world. It has two core areas of work: healthcare and child protection. In Europe Terre des hommes has operational programs in four countries: Albania, Kosovo, Moldova and Romania, while it also maintains a regional office in Budapest. In Southeast Europe, Terre des hommes is primarily focused on issues surrounding children on the move and the strengthening of child protection systems.

The Right(s) Court for Children project aims to raise awareness among children of their rights in civil, administrative and criminal judicial proceedings, including children in conflict with the law as (suspected) offenders, witnesses and victims, and to promote and support child-friendly justice practices.

The project has organized youth groups (14-18) in Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Hungary. These children will have the opportunity to talk to judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and visit the courts. They will be involved in the creation and development of an online game for children which teaches about their rights in judicial proceedings in a playful and appropriate way.

Terre des hommes seeks pro bono lawyers to collect relevant legal norms, using the Tdh template.

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Legal training and training materials on strategic medical malpractice litigation


NGO: Law Scanner
Website: pravniskener.org
Project: Law Scanner requires training and training materials on strategic medical malpractice litigation that will guide them in their own pro bono medical malpractice litigation
Jurisdiction: European civil law jurisdictions
Legal Topic: Medical law, medical malpractice law
Deadline: Ongoing
Language: English
Criteria: Expertise in medical law and medical malpractice law desirable

Additional Information:

Law Scanner is a new non-governmental organization whose main objective is protection of citizens’ rights in terms of health and social policy.

The mission of the Law Scanner is to improve the protection of human rights before courts, contribute to the more efficient work of the state institutions and increase transparency of state institutions. The main fields of their work are patients’ rights, discrimination and social rights. In particular, they extend assistance for the protection of the rights of women, Roma people, LGBTI and people with disabilities.

One of Law Scanner’s main work involves free assistance to victims of medical malpractice either in the filing of complaints or representing them in court.

In a medical malpractice litigation case in Serbia, the opinion of a medical expert is accepted at face value by the court. These medical experts, however, are protective of their own colleagues resulting in the exoneration of the accused medical practitioner.

Law Scanner needs legal training and training materials on strategic medical malpractice litigation that will guide it in its own pro bono medical malpractice litigation in Serbia in order to provide affordable protection to victims of medical malpractice there.

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