For over a decade, TrustLaw has helped transform the pro bono landscape: expanding access to legal support for NGOs and social enterprises at the frontlines of social change and working with law firms and in-house legal departments to develop and strengthen their pro bono practices across the globe.
TrustLaw has grown to become the world’s largest global pro bono network. Through the facilitation of pro bono legal support and research, as well as the provision of resources for organisations across the globe, we work to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights.Meet the Team
How it Works
TrustLaw is a completely free service. Once a member, NGOs and social enterprises can request free legal support, and lawyers can volunteer to work on projects that interest them.
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NGOs and social enterprises can request assistance on a number of day-to-day issues that their organisation may be facing, from drafting policies to reviewing contracts.
Our legal members comprise over 120,000 lawyers who volunteer their time, skills and expertise to help NGOs and social enterprises achieve their social mission. This work also enhances the spread and depth of pro bono work in jurisdictions relatively unfamiliar to the practice.
TrustLaw is the world’s largest global pro bono network, with more than 6,500 NGO and social enterprise members and lawyers. We also collaborate with policy makers, academia, businesses, journalists and media houses to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies and promote human rights.
TrustLaw has regional and global reach. Our network includes both large international law firms and smaller domestic firms, in-house legal teams and individual lawyers. All members are qualified in their respective jurisdictions and meet local bar association requirements.View members
Our NGO and social enterprise members range from large international organisations to smaller, local charities and social enterprises. Our members work to address a broad spectrum of issues, including women’s rights; human trafficking and slavery; refugees’ rights and forced migration; LGBT rights; freedom of expression; and environmental and land rights.View members
Our Referral Partner network of funders and award bodies ensures that we can have the widest reach possible. Through these partnerships, we aim to support their grantees, fellows, members and award winners with free legal assistance.View members
Impact is at the core of our work. Core to TrustLaw’s mission is facilitating free legal support to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies and promote human rights, as aligned to the focus areas of the Foundation’s work.
Over the past decade, examples of TrustLaw’s impact have included: helping organisations to protect domestic worker rights in the Philippines; supporting the ban of conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ youth; improving access to HIV self-testing in Africa; outlawing child marriage across the US; fighting social exclusion through housing rights in Latin America; harnessing the power of technology to bring war criminals to justice; and driving innovations that improve neonatal survival in developing countries.
We have trained more than 350 lawyers in the emerging fields of social entrepreneurship, ESG and social finance, equipping them to better serve social innovators and impact investors who are tackling some of most significant challenges of our time. By bringing together academia, policy makers, journalists and the private sector we have also produced ground-breaking tools and resources that have catalysed progress for vulnerable communities around the world.
Areas of Impact
Over the last decade, TrustLaw has facilitated over $225 million worth of free legal support for NGOs and social enterprises working to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies and promote human rights.