TrustLaw
Awards 2017

The TrustLaw Awards is an annual ceremony hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to celebrate the groundbreaking pro bono projects undertaken by legal teams working with NGOs and social enterprises around the world.

The 2017 TrustLaw Awards were held on 28 September in London. This year’s event was opened with a keynote speech by Alan Rusbridger, Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, and was hosted by Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Winners

Every year we award three outstanding pro bono projects, in addition to the international firm, domestic firm and in-house legal team of the year, as well as the esteemed lawyer of the year award.

  • White & Case & Unchained at Last

  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges & Micro Rainbow International

  • J. Sagar Associates, Torys & Prajwala

  • Hogan Lovells

  • Vieira de Almeida

  • Merck/MSD

  • Constanza Connolly / Estudio Beccar Varela
    Rebecca Marques / Shearman & Sterling

Nominees

Meet the finalists for the 2017 TrustLaw Awards.

Impact Award

The Impact Award recognises projects that demonstrate significant impact for an NGO or social enterprise, their community, and beyond.

  • Criminalising sextortion in the digital age

    Legal Momentum with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (US)

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  • Ending child marriage in the US

    Unchained at Last with White & Case (US)

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  • Supporting vulnerable victims of crime through the justice system

    Fundación Carmen Pardo-Valcarce with White & Case (Belgium, Finland, Germany, UK – England and Wales) and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal)

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Innovation Award

The Innovation Award recognises projects that feature not only a new and exciting idea or enterprise, but a legal team that used creativity in addressing the issues faced.

  • Safe housing for LGBTI refugees

    Micro Rainbow International with Weil, Gotshal & Manges (UK)

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  • Transforming social entrepreneurship in Latin America

    Sistema B with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK – England and Wales, United States), Baker & McKenzie (Australia), Estudio Beccar Varela (Argentina) and White & Case (Spain)

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  • Using technology to bring war criminals to justice

    eyewitness to Atrocities (UK) with Tilleke & Gibbins (Myanmar) and D.L. & F. de Saram (Sri Lanka)

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Collaboration Award

The Collaboration Award recognises highly effective working relationships between legal teams, NGOs and social enterprises that have dramatically increased the potential impact of projects as a result.

  • Combating sex crimes in cyberspace

    Prajwala with J. Sagar Associates (India) and Torys (Canada)

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  • Defending the rights of immigrants and refugees in the US

    International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) with Journey’s End and an international law firm (US)

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  • Protecting refugee and asylum-seeking children in Asia

    UNHCR, International Detention Coalition and Save the Children with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Tilleke & Gibbins (Thailand), SKRINE (Malaysia), Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (Indonesia) and The Legal Circle (Bangladesh)

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LEGAL TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARDS NOMINEES

These awards recognise the commitment law firms and legal teams have demonstrated in supporting pro bono clients over the last year on projects undertaken through TrustLaw.

Photos

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