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Bronze medal Reporter Adv. Alex Posted 18 May 2019
Lawyers Without Borders(LWOB)


Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) is a global non-profit organization founded in 2000, which function worldwide from its central headquarters placed in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. Lawyers Without Borders UK was established in 2003 and is headquartered in London.  Lawyers from around the world are engaged as volunteering lawyers who donate pro bono service to rule of law projects, capacity building and access to justice initiatives. LWOB aims “develop and provide legal support to Rule of Law projects and initiatives in the human rights and global capacity building sectors; this is achieved using lawyers serving pro bono whenever possible. This approach has proven to exponentially reduce costs to funders, in-country NGOs, and legal communities in developing regions around the world.” Their work involves, 

Trial Advocacy Training,

Mediation Training,

Neutral Trial Observation,

Community Outreach,

Civic Education and Research,

Technical Assistance,

Policy Guidance and Justice Sector (Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders) Capacity Building Support.

LWOB is in the process of making a robust roster of Student Divisions. The vast majority of the presently licensed Student Divisions of LWOB are headquartered in the UK. Various new student divisions from Europe and USA are in the early improvement stages. LWOB provide free internships to law and undergraduate students and young lawyers in New Haven CT and Washington DC (USA).

Presently there are5 officially authorized LWOB which are,

one at Durham University (UK)

one at Cambridge University (UK),

one at The London School of Economics (UK)

one at Brooklyn Law School (USA),

one at New York Law School (USA)

LWOB's programming and models have been implemented throughout Africa which included the following: Liberia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda. LWOB is actively involved in programming in one or more of those locations at any granted time. Other areas which are outside of Africa where work has been conducted or is planned include Kyrgyzstan, China, Albania, and India.

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