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PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law

New York, United States
Joined February 2012
Presence in: United States
Focus: Labor & Employment

PILnet envisions a world where rule of law, as developed and supported within a wide variety of countries, delivers justice and protects human rights. PILnet connects with local partners to develop the institutions essential to rights-respecting societies. It inspires lawyers to serve the public interest, strengthens the ability of civil society to help shape law and policy and makes formal systems of justice more accessible.

PILnet furthers these goals through four primary strategies:

Public Interest Lawyering

PILnet builds the capacity of public interest lawyers working in NGOs through fellowships, skill-building workshops, resource dissemination and other means.

Pro Bono

PILnet’s pro bono clearinghouses bridge the gap between lawyers seeking opportunities to provide legal help and those who need it around the world, thus strengthening the ability of civil society to influence laws and policies and assisting marginalized people access justice.

Legal Aid

PILnet collaborates with key stakeholders – national governments, local governments and bar associations – to design context-appropriate legal aid systems and engages NGO partners to foster the complementarity of state, private and public sector efforts to make systems of justice more effective and accessible.

Legal Education

PILnet works to enhance law schools so that they more effectively promote ethical values, develop broad analytical and problem-solving skills and provide knowledge of the social effects of the law in order to produce socially responsible lawyers.

People Associated With This Organization

Anastassiya Miller

PILnet: The Global Network for Public... (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice
Lawyer with more than ten years of working experience in the human rights field. Human rights defender, focusing on strategic litigation nationally and internationally; human rights trainer and specialist in the area of public control. As a director of the regional branch of the local NGO - Kazakhstan International Bureau for human rights and rule of law, I was responsible for collaboration with the international human rights system, participation in coalitions within KZ and internationally, strategic litigation inside the country and abroad. Litigation with the UN treaty bodies - HRC, CAT, CEDAW. Pushing for implementation of UN Treaty Bodies views in Kazakhstan; provision of pro-bono legal assistance to the public and organizations; developing and implementing an advocacy strategy/campaigns for the cases of human rights violation. I leave KIBHR June 2018 and since August 1 joined to PILnet as a fellow , where I focus on the area of public interest lawyering.

Arnab kumar Banerjee

PILnet: The Global Network for Public...
Joined February 2019
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a lawyer practicing in india for 4years and i render legal services to international clients.

Catherine Cheung

Hong Kong SAR  
PILnet: The Global Network for Public...
Joined January 2018
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Education, Generalist Legal Services, Livelihoods
Catherine is a Program Officer and is responsible for design and implementation of PILnet’s Hong Kong program, aiming at improving access to justice and building the community of public interest-minded lawyers and law students in Hong Kong.

With an aspiration to combat inequalities, pursue social justices and civil liberties, Catherine began her career with the Civic Party, a political party striving for democracy, and obtained experiences in organizing political campaign, social movement and fundraising events. She has growing interest in human rights in Hong Kong and China through her political participation and work experience with Chinese NGO partners in a London-based NGO promoting human rights and public participation in China.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Catherine holds a LL.M in Human Rights with distinction from the University of Hong Kong in 2016 and a BA in Social Policy & Administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic

Daphine Arinda

PILnet: The Global Network for Public... (Unverified)
Joined May 2017
Interests: Education, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment
I have worked in the field of Public Interest Law for 5 years now and I have seen the impact that socio-legal innovations have had on communities, academia and the Government. My expertise so far is in legal research and writing. I also blog at to disseminate legal information particularly to Ugandans that are not in the legal profession.

I am a member of NETPIL Uganda (Network for Public Interest Lawyers) where I also hold a leadership position as a member of the Advisory Committee. Through NETPIL I am able to conduct community literacy sessions with communities troubled with legal issues particularly in rural Uganda or among low income earners within the urban areas.

I am joining this network because like NAMATI I subscribe to sociological jurisprudence. Specifically, I want to broaden my network and engage in Public Interest Law beyond the confines of my country Uganda.

Edline Murungi

United States  
PILnet: The Global Network for Public...
Joined March 2019
Interests: Environmental Justice, Livelihoods
I am a Ugandan trained lawyer interested in the intersection between commercial law and Public interest law. I have completed my Masters at Harvard Law School. I am currently doing a fellowship in New York focusing on this aspect.

Federica Carrus

PILnet: The Global Network for Public... (Unverified)
Joined July 2017
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Education, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
I am a law student and I'm working as a summer intern to the PILnet office in Budapest. I would like to specialize in human right and my first focus is prison law but I'm interested in discovering other fields.

Jasmine Simperingham

PILnet: The Global Network for Public...
Joined March 2021
Interests: Other
I am currently the Global Project Coordinator (Forced Displacement) with PILnet. I am working with the global legal community to use the power of law to protect and find solutions for refugees and others forcibly displaced. I am passionate about increasing access to justice for communities affected by displacement and support law firms and NGOs to develop pro bono partnerships to do this. It is important to me that these initiatives are driven by the needs of the communities and that local actors are sufficiently resourced to co-create and implement these pro bono partnerships.

I have joined the network to connect with others working on improving access to justice for all and to learn from their work. Pro bono models of legal assistance can help displaced persons to know, use and shape the law but they are only one part of a much bigger legal empowerment puzzle. I am interested to lean more about other initiatives to address justice gaps for displaced communities. I am also hoping to be inspired by new legal empowerment approaches in other areas which could be trialled and potentially complemented with pro bono support to address the unmet legal needs of displaced communities. Do get in touch if you are interested in working together.

Julia Mayerhofer

PILnet: The Global Network for Public...
Joined July 2018
Interests: Other
Julia Mayerhofer is currently the Programs Manager of PILnet’s Hong Kong office. Previously she was with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network for 7 years. She joined in 2011 as the second paid full-time staff member and led the Network as Executive Director/Secretary General from 2015-2018. Prior to her work with APRRN, she also worked with a refugee community centre in Hong Kong supporting fundraising, project development and also community outreach.

Julia holds a BA in educational sciences and a MA degree in Development Studies.

Lorna Kralik

PILnet: The Global Network for Public...
Joined March 2018
Interests: Other
I work on behalf of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, an international nonprofit focused on access to justice. PILnet's pro bono clearinghouses (Global, Hungary, Russia and Hong Kong), broker local and international matters, matching NGO need with private sector legal resources. Matters run across a broad spectrum, from governance and employment contracts, to cross-jurisdictional research and strategic litigation.

Siodhbhra Parkin

United States  
PILnet: The Global Network for Public...
Joined September 2017
Interests: Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Siodhbhra is an Irish-American human rights advocate. A former Fellow at the Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center, Siodhbhra has an LL.M in Chinese Law from the Renmin University of China. She spent three years at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Beijing, where she worked with Chinese civil society groups, law schools, and legal professionals on a range of international legal development projects.

Siodhbhra is passionate about gender equality and eliminating violence against women and girls. She has worked on projects that promote LGBT rights and support survivors of domestic violence in China. She has advanced degrees from Harvard University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Su Anne Lee

PILnet: The Global Network for Public... (Unverified)
Joined January 2018
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
Legal Fellow

Wan-Ni Lin

United States  
PILnet: The Global Network for Public...
Joined July 2021
Interests: Criminal Justice
I come from Taiwan, but I currently study for a JD degree in the US. I was a volunteer at PILnet New York, assisting in the PILnet Global Clearinghouse program, and Pilot Regional Online Course on Public Interest Lawyering. In my study, I focus on human rights law and public interest law. I am looking for knowing more people supporting public interest lawyering. I am interested to learn more about Namati's program, and if possible, I hope that I can take part in and help with some of the programs.

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