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PILS casework application form

You should use this form if your organisation is seeking legal representation or financial support from PILS for a public interest case.

Casework application form

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PILS pro bono application form

You should fill out this form if your organisation needs pro bono (free) legal assistance with a public interest matter.

Pro bono application form

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PILS training request form

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.

Training request form

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The Update newsletter is a roundup of public interest news, case law and podcast/reading recommendations created for you by the PILS Project.

Update: summer 2022

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Update: August 2022

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Impact Reports

PILS Impact Report 2019

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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!

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Joint PILS and HRC Briefing: Illegal Migration Bill (March 2023)

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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.

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10 years of PILS in Northern Ireland: summary (Jan 2020)

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10 years of The PILS Project in Northern Ireland (Jan 2020)

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Report: The impact of Brexit on children's rights across the island of Ireland (Dec 2017)

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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

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PILS response to the Human Rights Act Reform consultation (2022)

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Submission to the Independent Human Rights Act Review call for evidence

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This document is being submitted to both the Independent Review on the Human Rights Act and the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Inquiry

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Independent Review of Administrative Law (Judicial Review)

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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.

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Response to the Engagement Paper on Pro Bono Cost Orders

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Webinar: The Power of Pro Bono for your CV

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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.

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