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Australia’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group Promoting Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Asia Pacific Endorsed by Government

Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) February 18, 2011

Rule of Law in Asia Pacific 2 Australia’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group Promoting Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Asia Pacific Endorsed by Government

Australia’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group Promoting Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Asia Pacific Endorsed by Government

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today met with Australia’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group to endorse their work promoting human rights and the rule of law in the Asia Pacific region over the coming year.

The Attorney-General chaired the meeting of the Group today, which agreed to:

  • Provide legal capacity to the Australian Civilian Corp (ACC) initiative to support the deployment of civilian specialists into countries experiencing or emerging from natural disaster or conflict.
  • Prioritise pro bono projects in the region that support the Government’s Pacific Law and Justice Framework – a framework that guides Australia’s assistance to the Pacific Law and Justice Sector with a view to promoting regional security, attracting foreign investment, and ensuring access to justice.
  • Examine further ways to support the development of young lawyers in neighbouring Pacific countries with a particular focus on the Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Meeting to be held in Sydney this year.

“The Group is proving to be an excellent forum for encouraging and promoting opportunities for Australian lawyers to be involved in international pro bono legal work,” Mr McClelland said.

“The Government has supported the Group through a $100,000 grant last year that kick started a number of pro bono initiatives in the region.

“These projects in East Timor, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea demonstrate the difference pro bono legal work can make by strengthening the rule of law and promoting robust legal frameworks, which go hand in hand with economic opportunity and safeguarding human rights.”

The International Pro Bono Advisory Group, which was established by the Attorney-General in July 2009, promotes international pro bono work by the Australian legal profession which complement the Australian Government’s international aid program.

“Once again, I’d like to congratulate the members of this Group and reiterate the Government’s thanks to all those legal firms and individuals who will engage in pro bono work this year,” Mr McClelland said.


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