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PILS application forms
Please note that The PILS Project will only accept applications from NGO or solicitor members.
Casework application formWord doc: 65.13 KB
You should use this form if your organisation is seeking legal representation or financial support for a public interest case.
Pro bono application formWord doc: 45.94 KB
You should fill out this form if your organisation needs pro bono (free) legal assistance with a public interest matter.
Training request formWord doc: 45.34 KB
You should complete this form if your organisation needs a training session on a particular area of human rights or equality law to assist the organisation’s public interest work.
PILS Impact Report 2019PDF: 594.69 KB
The first-ever PILS Project Impact Report is intended to give readers a flavour of the work we have been doing to support public interest litigation in NI since 2009.
This report goes behind the scenes of ten years of the PILS Project. We are defining impact as the difference that having PILS involved (in a big or small way) made to our members’ work. This effect should be positive and have resulted in change that reaches beyond one person, for a wider transformation.
Litigation by its very nature can be a long and drawn out process. So we recognise that several of the stories in this report are not finished yet. It can be a little bit harder to quantify the impact of a piece of legal work, as often the change it creates takes time to reveal itself. Powerful judgments need to be elevated off paper and into people’s lives and this again takes time.
This impact report will hopefully demonstrate what advancing human rights and equality through public interest legal work looks like in practice. And the best way to do that is for us to let our members’ experiences tell the story, with beautiful illustrations from the creative design team at Us Folk.
Click here to download a pdf copy of the Impact Report.
We hope you enjoy it!
NGO Engagement Guide Series
These five legal information guides (launched in September 2022) were created as part of a cross-border pro bono project between The PILS Project, PILA, and pro bono solicitors in the Arthur Cox Belfast and Dublin offices.
If you would like to add information to the existing guides, have suggestions for future guides or have any training requests, you can share your ideas with PILS using this form.
A guide to engaging with UN Special ProceduresPDF: 1.11 MB
A guide to judicial review in Northern IrelandPDF: 1.12 MB
A guide to the amicus curiae procedure in NIPDF: 773.54 KB
A guide to non-court mechanisms at European levelPDF: 980.42 KB
A guide to taking individual complaints to UN Treaty BodiesPDF: 1.00 MB
Joint PILS and HRC Briefing: Illegal Migration Bill (March 2023)PDF: 980.10 KB
The Illegal Migration Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 7 March 2023. It aims to replace the UK’s asylum system with a process designed to detain and remove individuals who enter the UK irregularly.
This joint briefing – from The PILS Project and the Human Rights Consortium – will provide an overview of the changes to the asylum process and address potential implications for Northern Ireland. In particular, it analyses the ways in which this Bill may contravene Article 2 of the Protocol/Windsor Framework and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.
10 years of PILS in Northern Ireland: summary (Jan 2020)PDF: 400.84 KB
10 years of The PILS Project in Northern Ireland (Jan 2020)PDF: 629.27 KB
Report: The impact of Brexit on children's rights across the island of Ireland (Dec 2017)PDF: 2.78 MB
Selected legal aspects of the impact of Brexit on the rights of children across the island of Ireland.
A research paper compiled by A&L Goodbody on behalf of the Children’s Rights Alliance and the Children’s Law Centre
PILS response to the Human Rights Act Reform consultation (2022)PDF: 165.47 KB
Submission to the Independent Human Rights Act Review call for evidencePDF: 129.71 KB
This document is being submitted to both the Independent Review on the Human Rights Act and the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Inquiry
Independent Review of Administrative Law (Judicial Review)PDF: 81.14 KB
The Independent Review of Administrative Law was launched in July 2020. A call for evidence ran from 7 September 2020 to 26 October 2020.
Based on the PILS Project’s 11 years of experience supporting public interest litigation in Northern Ireland, it is our firm view that an individual’s ability to engage in judicial review proceedings is a fundamental safeguard necessary to ensure adherence to the rule of law and protect human rights and equality.
Response to the Engagement Paper on Pro Bono Cost OrdersPDF: 244.06 KB
Webinar: The Power of Pro Bono for your CV
Webinar: Intersections between Human Rights and Climate Justice
Organised by The PILS Project to celebrate UK Pro Bono Week 2022, this webinar looked at the developing area of rights-based climate litigation.