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The CAPPB uses the following definition of international pro bono legal work:
‘pro bono legal work focussed outside of Australia, and in response to both need and disadvantage within a recipient country. It may include the provision of direct legal advice and representation, assistance with law reform or other systemic legal issues, legal training and education, and judicial assistance. The provision of International Pro Bono Legal Work by the legal community can contribute to positively to access to justice.’
Housed within the Law Council of Australia Secreteratiat, the Centre for Asia Pacific Pro Bono (CAPPB) was established to coordinate requests from the Asia-Pacific region for pro bono assistance by Australian legal practitioners and law practices. The CAPPB aims to:
The CAPPB values feedback from pro bono recipients and providers on the service of the CAPPB. Recipients and providers are encouraged to provide feedback on the Project Completion Report. The CAPPB Secretariat can also be contacted at any time to discuss the CAPPB's services.
If either recipients or providers of international pro bono legal services experience a dispute or are unhappy with the pro bono services provided, the CAPPB Secretariat can be contacted and it will endeavour to help project partners come to a reasonable agreement. However, the CAPPB is only responsible for matching pro bono projects with eligible providers. It is not responsible for the outcomes of the project, nor resolving any disputes that may arise from the partnership.
Organisations from the following countries in the Asia-Pacific may seek assistance:
|Cook Islands||Nothern Mariana Islands|
|French Polynesia||Papua New Guinea|
|Federated States of Micronesia||Wallis & Futuna|
An applicant is eligible if it complies with each of the following criteria:
An applicant will not be considered eligible if:
Yes. Where projects are provide in conjunction with other entities, those entities should have a proven track record in the type of activity that is relevant to the project and/or experience in the country in which the project will take place.
A proposed pro bono project will be eligible if it:
The CAPPB Secretariat reviews all applications for pro bono assistance and matches it with an appropriate provider. The approval of the matched project is then determined by the CAPPB Assessment Panel, comprising the Secretary-General and/or the Deputy Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia.
Where a project and/or provider require further clearance, the matter will be forwarded to a Secondary Assessment Panel comprising:
Yes. An organisation's capacity to manage and implement concurrent projects will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.