Global Citizenship Review
Highlights from our Global Pro Bono Practice, volunteering and responsible business activities
As one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the world, we felt a very strong responsibility to help address both the COVID-19 and racial justice crises. We often worked closely with longstanding pro bono clients who needed to respond quickly to fast-changing situations. For example, we helped the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies assess the impact of COVID-19 emergency decrees in 77 countries. We also created new initiatives like the Racial Justice Task Force set up by lawyers in our Global Antitrust Practice.
This review reports on our pro bono and legal education work on these issues and our continued work on access to justice, human rights and the environment.
We take our commitment to the United Nations Global Compact seriously. It has inspired our Responsible Business Working Group, co-chaired by our General Counsel, to look at our own operations and supply chain in a more holistic way. We share reflections by members of the Working Group on our efforts and progress since signing the Compact in 2016.
This year has changed the world, and it’s also changed our Firm. We hope that we have helped steer the world toward a healthier, more just future.
__Hugh Verrier, Chair
Making rights a reality
Highlights of our work on international human rights
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
Analysis of emblematic national corruption cases in political institutions and the judicial system with a focus on human rights matters
Child Rights International Network
Research to map how children’s right to a healthy environment has been implemented globally with regard to the relevant constitutional and legislative provisions, how children can access the courts in environmental cases, and how children’s civil and political rights are protected to ensure they are able to raise awareness on environmental issues
Public International Law & Policy Group
Analysis of the possible options for using universal jurisdiction to pursue accountability for perpetrators of crimes committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar
World Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Research on jurisdictions in Africa, Central and South America where a person sentenced to a term of years may receive early release due to good conduct while in prison, regardless of the crime of conviction
Mexican Association of Women Judges
Assistance in preparing a comparative analysis of legislation and regulation on judicial independence and women’s career advancement
About pro bono
Highlights of our Global Pro Bono Practice
Global Pro Bono Practice Leader, partner, Brussels
Our global pro bono practice continued to grow in 2020 as we helped address some of the world’s gravest challenges.
146,500 pro bono hours in 2020
4% increase from 2019
100% of our offices and practices do pro bono work
150+ partners and counsel serve as Pro Bono Leaders
60+ associates and legal staff serve as Pro Bono Champions