The Centre for Asia Pacific Pro Bono (CAPPB) is housed within the Law Council of Australia Secretariat. It seeks to match requests for pro bono assistance from organisations (including governments) in the Asia-Pacific region with appropriate international pro bono legal service providers in Australia. In doing so, the CAPPB aims to support development in the law and justice sector of Asia-Pacific countries.


  • Vanuatu lawyers skill up on advocacy issues

    Published: Thursday 13th June 2013

    The Vanuatu Law Society hosted an advocacy skills workshop for 77 of its lawyers from 29-31 May 2013 in a project coordinated by the Centre for Asia-Pacific Pro Bono (CAPPB). The program was jointly developed by the Australia Bar Association (ABA) and Vanuatu Law Society. The ABA put forward four speakers from the State Bar Associations to provide the training: Mr Daniel O’Gorman SC, retired Justice Professor Murray Kellam AO, Ms Jacoba Brasch and Ms Fiona McLeod SC.

    The CAPPB has... more

  • Advocacy Skills Training in PNG

    Published: Friday 22nd February 2013

    In late November 2012, three Victorian barristers departed for Papua New Guinea as one of the first projects to be coordinated by the Centre for Asia-Pacific Pro Bono (the CAPPB) in its first year of operation.

    Caroline Kirton SC (pictured), Benjamin Lindner and Philip Corbett took the 70 plus years of advocacy experience they have between them and applied it to conducting two advocacy skills courses in Port Moresby over the period of a week.

    Caroline is a commercial lawyer who... more

  • The Rise of Micro-Volunteering

    Published: Monday 19th November 2012

    Microvolunteering can be described as easy, quick, low commitment online or offline actions that benefit a worthy cause.

    The United Nations Volunteers issued a report on 5 December 2011, ‘State of the World’s Volunteerism’, which described microvolunteering as 1 of 3 fast growing trends in the global volunteering arena.

    Modern microvolunteering networks arguably first started back in May 2008 with Microvoluntarious, who offered a system for non profits to post requests for help... more