Origin, Mission and Aims
Research carried out by Deloitte in 2005 found evidence of a need and demand for a dedicated strategic litigation project in Northern Ireland. On the basis of this, the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) submitted a funding proposal to Atlantic Philanthropies, and in 2007 funding was granted for a 5 year pilot project. The PILS Project was established in May 2009 as a result of this process.
The PILS Project seeks to advance human rights and equality in Northern Ireland through the use of and support for public interest litigation. Public interest litigation is defined as the use of litigation or legal action which seeks to advance the cause of minority or disadvantaged groups or individuals, or which raises issues of broad public concern.
- To encourage adherence to the rule of law, human rights and equality, through the use of public interest litigation in Northern Ireland.
- To encourage NGOs and lawyers to improve communication and co-ordination in relation to public interest litigation.
- To raise awareness of and tackle barriers to public interest litigation.