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Second European Pro Bono Forum / May 10, 2008

 The Public Interest Law Institute (PILI) is pleased to announce that it will host the second annual European Pro Bono Forum in Budapest, Hungary at the Mercure Budapest Buda Hotel  on 6-7 November 2008. This year’s event will bring together over two hundred lawyers, NGOs, and academics to explore emerging trends in pro bono law across continental Europe. More information on the PILI webpage

Legislative opportunities for the EU to improve corporate accountability / May 28, 2008

 After comprehensive legal research and by advancing some of the European Parliaments’ recommendations of its resolution on CSR, European Coalition for Corporate Justice together with MEPs, lawyers, and representatives of the civil society, has presented a range of proposals that aim at strengthening EU legislation to provide greater accountability for EU companies when acting abroad at a conference at the European Parliament in B russels.  More information on the web of the ECCJ

“Smart regulation” Conference on corporate accountability / March 10, 2007

After comprehensive legal research and by advancing some of the European Parliaments’ recommendations of its resolution on CSR, ECCJ together with MEPs, lawyers, and representatives of the civil society, will present a range of proposals that aim at strengthening EU legislation to provide greater accountability for EU companies when acting abroad. More information can be found on the ECCJ webpage.

Justice and Environment watchdog reports / January 10, 2007

Justice and Environment Network prepared analysis, case studies and position papers on its members monitoring of EU environmental legislation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Poland. The issues covered include Aarhus Convention and related legislation, Environmental Liability Directive (ELD), Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) and Natura 2000. The general conclusion is, that the major problems in all areas are transposition to national legislation and actual implementation of the legislation. In some cases there are other issues as well.

Meeting with donors presentation / December 18, 2007

The presentations made by keynote speakers during the “Who will feed the watchdog” meeting were added to the webpage. You can find them in the “Meeting with donors” section.

Sharing pro bono ideas in Brussels / December 17, 2007

“Justice in a globalised economy: What can lawyers do?“ was the name of a two-day conference that took place in Brussels, Belgium 13th - 14th of December this year. Thanks to support of the watchdog incubator project one young Czech lawyer was able to take part in this event and bring new experience.
The meeting, held by the Belgian organisation Avocats Sans Frontiéres (www.asf.be), was aimed to bring together scholars, practicing lawyers and NGOs representatives for sharing their experience in current global legal issues.

Who will feed the watchdog meeting successful / December 3, 2007

Meeting of NGOs and meeting with donors devoted to the networking and fundraising issues took place 27th and 28th of November in Prague. The event was hosted by the CEELI Institute (www.abanet.org/ceeli/special_projects/ceeli_inst/)

First day of the meeting the representatives of the watchdog and advocacy NGOs discussed how to boost the NGO international cooperation. Best methods of networking and obstacles to deeper cooperation were the main issues. The participants identified several preconditions making networking and cooperation more easy.  Clear joint goals, good managing structure, capable leaders, personal meetings or ongoing communication were among them. As the main general obstacle preventing effective cooperation the lack of feasible funding  was mentioned (e.g. geographic restrictions, formal requirements, no funds for regular traveling etc.).

Second day NGOs and funding institution representatives discussed effective future funding strategies.  The issues of independence and credibility was stressed by several speakers in connection with fundraising sources for watchdog and advocacy NGOs.  That is why it is quite problematic for watchdog NGOs to take money from e.g. governmental sources or from corporations. The problem of dependence on one type of funding source was mentioned. As one of the potential solution the specialized “watchdog fund” was suggested. Individual donations were seen as one of the most appropriate  funding source for watchdog NGOs. Speakers were quite optimistic about possibility  to attract some segments of the public  for the topics of monitoring and keeping accountable those holding power.

Conference “Transparent use of public property” / November 25, 2007

Via Iuris – Center for Public Advocacy held  its 7th expert conference on November 19 – 20th, 2007.  Judges, attorneys, prosecutors and NGOs lawyers sought  answers to three questions, namely: 1. What options are available for of public control of power in Slovakia? 2. What obstacles prevent citizens exerting more effective control? 3. How may options be improved? More information about the conference can be found here.

Who will feed the watchdog / November 5, 2007

As one of the main outputs of the project there will be meeting of NGOs and donors held on November 27^th and 28^th in Prague, Czech Republic. The event will be hosted by CEELI Institute. The first day will be devoted to the meeting of NGOs, focusing on searching for new ways and fields of cooperation and discussing future fundraising strategies. Representatives of 20 NGOs from 7 EU and 2 SEE countries will take part.
The second day will be a meeting of NGOs with funding institutions and fundraising specialist. More then 35 participants will discuss the serious reduction of traditional funding sources for watchdog activities. They will address issues such as private foundations perspectives, obstacles to use EU funds, corporate funding and watchdog independence, individual donations and attractiveness of watchdog NGOs. For detailed information regarding the goals, agenda, participants and logistics, please refer to the attached document. For questions regarding registration, please contact Vitezslav Dohnal at vitezslav.dohnal@eps.cz. For information regarding logistics, please email tabor@eps.cz.

Visiting Brussels NGOs / September 24, 2007

The project assistant Stephanie Miller has visited several NGOs based in Brussels. The objectives of this trip were to share the Watchdog project ideas and to explore the possibilities for cooperation with NGOs with similar interests and activities working on the EU level. Meetings with representatives from four of the “Green 10” organizations, Climate Action Network, European Environmental Bureau, Health and Environment and Transport and Environment, as well as the European Coalition for Corporate Justice were held.

Fundraising links added, / August 30, 2007

The list of potential funders for the public interest law, transparency, anti-corruption and good governance NGOs was prepared by the project team. You can find it in the section “Fundraising and NGOs links”.

Fundraising links added, / August 30, 2007

The Sixth Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” will place in Belgrade from 10 to 12 October 2007. Ministers and high-level officials from 51 UNECE member States and the European Commission, international organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders discussed progress achieved in the implementation of environmental policies since the Kiev Conference in 2003, capacity building and partnerships as well as the future of the "Environment for Europe" process. More information could be find on the “ENVIRONMENT FOR EUROPE" PROCESS webpage.

Initial workshop / May 30, 2007

The initial networking workshop with the project partners was held on 22nd of May 2007 in Brno, Czech Republic.  Representatives of EPS, OKOBURO, PILA and EMLA took part. During the workshop project partners discussed mainly networking practices and fields of possible future cooperation. Project incubation was started.


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Second European Pro Bono Forum / May 10, 2008

 The Public Interest Law Institute (PILI) is pleased to announce that it will host the second annual European Pro Bono Forum in Budapest, Hungary at the Mercure Budapest Buda Hotel  on 6-7 November 2008. This year’s event will bring together over two hundred lawyers, NGOs, and academics to explore emerging trends in pro bono law across continental Europe. More information on the PILI webpage

Legislative opportunities for the EU to improve corporate accountability / May 28, 2008

 After comprehensive legal research and by advancing some of the European Parliaments’ recommendations of its resolution on CSR, European Coalition for Corporate Justice together with MEPs, lawyers, and representatives of the civil society, has presented a range of proposals that aim at strengthening EU legislation to provide greater accountability for EU companies when acting abroad at a conference at the European Parliament in B russels.  More information on the web of the ECCJ

“Smart regulation” Conference on corporate accountability / March 10, 2008

After comprehensive legal research and by advancing some of the European Parliaments’ recommendations of its resolution on CSR, ECCJ together with MEPs, lawyers, and representatives of the civil society, will present a range of proposals that aim at strengthening EU legislation to provide greater accountability for EU companies when acting abroad. More information can be found on the ECCJ webpage.

Justice and Environment watchdog reports / January 10, 2008

Justice and Environment Network prepared analysis, case studies and position papers on its members monitoring of EU environmental legislation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Poland. The issues covered include Aarhus Convention and related legislation, Environmental Liability Directive (ELD), Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) and Natura 2000. The general conclusion is, that the major problems in all areas are transposition to national legislation and actual implementation of the legislation. In some cases there are other issues as well.

Meeting with donors presentation / December 18, 2007

The presentations made by keynote speakers during the “Who will feed the watchdog” meeting were added to the webpage. You can find them in the “Meeting with donors” section.

Sharing pro bono ideas in Brussels / December 17, 2007

“Justice in a globalised economy: What can lawyers do?“ was the name of a two-day conference that took place in Brussels, Belgium 13th - 14th of December this year. Thanks to support of the watchdog incubator project one young Czech lawyer was able to take part in this event and bring new experience.
The meeting, held by the Belgian organisation Avocats Sans Frontiéres (www.asf.be), was aimed to bring together scholars, practicing lawyers and NGOs representatives for sharing their experience in current global legal issues.

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