We are currently offering the volunteering opportunities outlined below. Please have a look and email us if you are interested.
One of the activities we especially want to encourage volunteers to engage with is working alongside the International Law Book Facility (a small charity whose mission is to support the rule of law and access to justice through sharing legal knowledge) to organise shipments of second-hand legal textbooks to organisations around the world in need of such resources (such as universities, judiciaries, prisons and pro bono organisations).
We have already sent shipments to Eritrea, Namibia and Zimbabwe and are eager to continue this work as the lack of key texts and reference materials creates a serious impediment for students wanting to study law and become lawyers in many countries.
We can connect volunteers with the ILBF, which will identify an organisation to receive a shipment of books. The organisation then creates a list of desired titles and this is shared with the volunteers, who collect the books together (using sources including courts, chambers, university libraries, law libraries and law firms), raise funds to cover the cost of the shipment (and packing materials) and organise the books into boxes. The ILBF organises onward shipment.
By working with LAP and the ILBF, our intention is that volunteers can foster sustainable ties with an overseas institution and explore ways of working alongside one another to improve access to justice. Please contact Emma.Hammond@lawyersagainstpoverty.org if you are interested in volunteering.
Refugee Confidence Sessions
We believe that a necessary implication of giving refuge is ensuring refugees receive effect support and yet access to advice and assistance for those who obtain the right to remain is often very limited.
With this fact in mind, Lawyers Against Poverty wants to work with volunteers and refugee community organisations across the country to offer the refugee community information on their rights in the UK. Our refugee confidence sessions are intended to empower and support refugees in their efforts to move forwards and live as valuable and valued members of society.
In late 2017, we worked in close collaboration with a refugee organisation called Refugee Resource based in Oxford and offered sessions on employment, criminal and family law. We are now working alongside the same organisation to create and deliver sessions on women’s rights, housing and finance and benefits in May and June.
This means that we have all of these materials ready for volunteers who are interested in working with organisations in their community to offer refugee confidence sessions. We can also work with volunteers to create new sessions to meet the needs of specific organisations. Please contact Emma.Hammond@lawyersagainstpoverty.org if you are interested in volunteering.
Interested in writing a regular or one-off blog? We welcome submissions on a range of issues related to development and the law are always happy to discuss topics. We especially want to encourage submissions on refugee rights, women’s rights and indigenous rights to land. Please contact Emma.Hammond@lawyersagainstpoverty.org if you are interested in writing for our blog.