ABOUT LAWYERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Lawyers Without Borders
is a non-profit corporation, which aims to ensure the rule of
law exists globally. The non-profit helps to meet the needs of the underserved through
pro bono activities and projects, frequently working directly in the country they wish to
impact. Frequently, the projects are focused around promoting and building capacity in
the justice sectors. This is all done whilst adopting a neutral orientation.
ABOUT DURHAM'S STUDENT DIVISION
The Student Division operates as a sub-group of the larger organisation, and as a project
within Durham University’s Pro Bono Society. We currently have a team of around 20
members who help us to contribute to the larger organisations aims through research,
fundraising and arranging various types of events.
Our research initiatives consist of two main branches: Human Rights Updates, and
White Papers. Our Human Rights Updates are written regularly by students and
covering areas of personal interest to them. These updates provide an informative
insight into many topical human rights issues that are occurring in our time; often, these
are issues which are not receiving coverage through main publication channels. Our
White Paper contributions are usually part of a larger project within the main
organisation, being constructed for groups such as the UN, or offices of US Congress.
The project also holds various fundraising events throughout the year, including
seasonal events like our Christmas card sale. Additionally, we aim to engage students in
critical discussion concerning global, socio-political and legal issues; we foster this type
of discussion through hosting panel discussions and presentations with leading
individuals, organisations and law firms. Previous guests have included: Pascale Bird,
Karon Monaghan QC, JUSTICE, Reprieve, Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Freshfields.