In the News – International
The original plans for the working group and subgroups, which are supported by the LIP Network, were disrupted due to the changing priorities Covid presented. Our response to these changing needs was to commission a response exercise to understand how sector needs, experiences, issues, and solutions around innovation had changed. The following represents a summary of our findings.
The Grata Fund have produced a new report discussing how COVID-19 has forced Australian courts into various stages of closure and adoption of new technologies. While these changes have created some issues, they have also seen technological adaptations that without a pandemic could have taken years, heralding new opportunities and new risks for access to justice.
On Wednesday June 10th, at 1pm, members of the Legal Empowerment Network, CIVICUS, and the Justice For All campaign will host a virtual roundtable discussion on how grassroots justice groups can respond to the challenges of constricting civic space and increasing human rights violations during the pandemic.
The Freedom Fund is hosting a webinar with two experts who have been studying and highlighting the acute needs of marginalised groups in India and Ethiopia, during Covid-19. The webinar will take place on the 9th June from 2pm and will feature a panel discussion followed by a Q&A event.
Law, Tech and Access to Justice have published a recent piece on the community legal clinics of Ontario and the impact of Covid-19.
The Society for Computers and Law has joined with HMCTS and the Tech Nation, LawTech Delivery Panel to establish Remote Courts Worldwide, a global initiative to help public court services cope with coronavirus and support the development of remote alternatives to traditional court hearings
Namati has created a list of COVID-19 resources that address topics relevant to grassroots justice groups and collects useful resources on protecting vulnerable communities affected by containment measures, adapting to remote work, and more.
The Opportunity Agenda have published a useful resource on 'How To Talk About Covid-19'.This resource guide is especially important in the atmosphere of fear, panic, division and racism that disinformation and media frenzy have produced.
Cooley have launched guidance for businesses on the legal, regulatory and commercial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their case law library gives a comprehensive overview of up to date practices, guidance and pertinent information.
Charity digital have published this incredibly helpful webinar detailing how to produce an effective content strategy framework for your small charity. The webinar covers a range of useful topics including how to build personas online, engage with your audience and identify creative ways to deliver and re-purpose your content.
Work management tool Asana is offering free licenses to charities working to help slow the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). The offer aims to provide software support to charities to work remotely. Free registration required.
File sharing service Dropbox, is offering out free subscriptions to charities that are working to stop the coronavirus (Covid-19) and supporting victims. It is free to register and Dropbox has pledged to respond in 48 hours.
PILnet, the Global Network for Pubic Interest Law, are now accepting applications to their 2020 Fellowship Programme. The ideal candidate is a public interest advocate and recent graduate of a relevant academic legal program, such as an LL.M. or JD. The length of the fellowship is up to 6 months, with 3 months spent at PILnet's New York City office and the option to spend an additional 3 months in a field office. Candidates from Hong Kong and Taiwan, and those with independent funding are encouraged to apply. Rolling deadline.
The Lawyers Weekly podcast featured the Australian Pro Bono Centre's CEO Gabriela Christian-Hare to discuss how Australian lawyers compare to the rest of the world in the number of pro bono hours undertaken and the crucial factors to the success of a firms pro bono program.