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More support for international pro bono

More support for international pro bono

The Federal Government has introduced further measures to assist Australian legal practitioners undertaking international pro bono work.The Attorney-General Robert McClelland announced the…

The Federal Government has introduced further measures to assist Australian legal practitioners undertaking international pro bono work.

The Attorney-General Robert McClelland announced the additional measures today (28 June), including $100,000 for the National Pro Bono Resource Centre to help Australian law firms and barristers meet some of the costs associated with international pro bono work; the launch of a new website portal with links to international pro bono opportunities, resource materials, case studies and practical information for practitioners considering international pro bono work; and a "Statement of Principles" aimed at guiding, informing and assisting the delivery of international pro bono legal work.

In addition, an international pro bono roundtable will be held on 27 August 2010 to discuss the lessons learned in undertaking pro bono work and what can be changed to better coordinate pro bono work.

The new measures follow last year's establishment of the International Pro Bono Advisory Group.

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