i-Probono enables charitable organisations to access legal support, making it easier for lawyers and civil society organisations to engage with each other.

With a grant from the Commonwealth Foundation, i-Probono is bridging the gap between social entrepreneurs and the legal sector in South Asia. The project will enable social entrepreneurs in four countries to access high-quality legal assistance, improving outcomes for people.

Read some of the case studies to have come out of this project, funded by the Commonwealth Foundation grants programme. 

Teenager to remain under the protection of children’s shelter

New Delhi: iProbono successfully represented Yasmin*, a 16-year old survivor of incest and child abuse, before the Delhi High Court. Yasmin is currently at a shelter home under the care of the Child Welfare Committee. Her brother, who is sixteen years older than her, is accused of sexually abusing her since she was 7 years old.

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Plea for equal relief after boy’s school assault

New Delhi: As a 12-year-old boy he was grabbed from inside his school and sexually assaulted by senior students. Faced with severe psychological trauma the boy was forced to change his school and shift home to another south Delhi colony.

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iProbono launches pro bono panel of lawyers for survivors of child sexual abuse

New Delhi: iProbono has inaugurated its appellate panel of pro bono lawyers at the India International Centre. The aim of the panel constituted by iProbono in collaboration with the Counsel to Secure Justice (CSJ), is to provide pro bono legal assistance to survivors of child sexual abuse before the Hon’ble Supreme Court and the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi.

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iProbono offers free legal aid for NGOs

A non-government organisation in need of legal assistance in any area of its functions or for itself may seek it free from iProbono, a global network of civil society bodies. The online networking platform connects practicing lawyers, law firms, law students and schools with the organisations needing legal aid.

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iProbono to offer free legal services to civil society

Islamabad: iProbono, a global non-profit network of lawyers, hosted its preliminary roundtable meeting at Jinnah Institute Islamabad.

The aim was to connect civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, and activists who are in need of legal assistance with lawyers and law students who wish to use their legal skills for the public good for free. The network’s global outreach enables individuals and projects across the world to source legal assistance across jurisdictions. With funding from the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth, iProbono is prepared to launch its network in Pakistan.

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No charges for discharging responsibilities!

Social enterprise is a movement that is showing rapid growth across global boundaries. The British Council hosted an evening talk on ‘Creating legal frameworks for social enterprises’ recently. The event focused on developing new legal frameworks in Sri Lanka to support the development of a thriving social enterprise sector.

The panel of speakers was made up of Upul Jayasuriya – President, Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Aritha Wickramasinghe – Sri Lanka Representative of iProbono, and Dr. Amanda Kiessel – Board Member, Good Market.

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