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International Organizations

"ACCLE is comprised of a group of individuals and clinics interested in supporting clinical legal education in Canada. The organisation shares best practices, pedagogies and other information related to clinical legal education. ACCLE encourages the promotion and improvement of clinical legal education in Canadian Law Schools, promotes clinical pedagogy and research, and facilitates the dissemination of information pertaining to clinical legal education to clinicians in Canada." From the ACCLE Website

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"Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEACLE) collaborates globally in the development of justice education and access to justice initiatives while simultaneously fostering generations of pro bono minded champions. BABSEACLE has been working collaboratively with universities, law students, law faculties, lawyers, members of the legal community, and justice related organizational partners since 2003 to develop justice education and pro bono related programs throughout Asia. These programs assist in providing access to justice services while simultaneously helping to build the next generation of social justice, pro bono minded champions. These programs and clinics assist communities, provide legal aid services and simultaneously help to build the next generation of social justice, pro-bono minded champions." From BABSEACLE Website

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"ENCLE is a European Network of persons committed to achieving justice through education. It aims to bring together persons from different countries, who exchange perspectives and work collaboratively from a variety of legal, educational and  organizational settings in order to promote justice and increase the quality of law teaching through Clinical Legal Education (CLE)." From ENCLE Website

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"GAJE is a GLOBAL ALLIANCE of persons committed to achieving JUSTICE through EDUCATION. GAJE has sponsored eight worldwide conferences since it was formed in 1999, with delegates at each conference representing every region of the world.  GAJE conferences, as well as other GAJE activities described on this website, are aimed at promoting the exchange of information and experience among persons involved in Justice Education around the world.  Clinical education of law students is a key component of justice education, but GAJE also works to advance other forms of socially relevant legal education involving practicing lawyers, judges, non-governmental organizations, and the lay public." From the GAJE Website.

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"In France, this concept of a legal clinic is only beginning to be understood and it is only at the end of the 2000s that clinics appeared in the university field. Over the past decade or so, a genuine clinical movement has emerged, with a multiplicity of initiatives aimed both at transforming pedagogy in law schools and at fostering links between universities and civil society, Legal aid to associations and people in difficulty. The emergence of the clinical movement is, however, older in other states of La Francophonie. For example, in Canada, and more specifically in Quebec, legal clinics have been in existence for a little longer. These structures serve to train the lawyers of tomorrow, transmitting to them fundamental ethical principles and giving them the desire and the means to be human rights advocates in their country or internationally.

Due to its North American origin and its diffusion almost exclusively in English, most of the literature devoted to these clinics is written in English. One of the objectives of the Network is therefore: to write and put online documents in French available to all those interested in the clinical movement. It is also and above all:

  • To share the experiences of different clinics,

  • To create a lasting link between those that have been created in French-speaking countries in recent years,

  • And to encourage the creation of new legal clinics by providing tools, links and documentary resources useful to all Francophonie." From the Network of Francophone Legal Clinics Website

 

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"Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI) Nigeria was established in 2003 as a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization committed to promoting clinical legal education, legal education reform, legal aid and access to justice in Nigeria and the development of future public interest lawyers. NULAI builds a network of cohesive university-based law clinics providing pro-bono legal services to the under-served; while training a new generation of skilled law students committed to public service and justice. Since 2004, 14 University-based law clinics have opened in Nigeria, creating new avenues for free legal services." From the NAMATI Website.

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"The idea of the legal clinics program concerns establishment of the legal clinics at the Faculties of Law and Administration, where the students, under the supervision and substantial help of the faculty teachers and practitioners, provide free of charge legal advice for poor members of the community. The Polish Legal Clinics Foundation has been operating since 2002. It supports and coordinates a network of 25 legal clinics and promotes pro bono engagement of lawyers. Every year there are almost 2000 students, 350 academics involved in work in the clinics. All together they provide legal advice in almost 12 000 cases involving poor and socially excluded people. One of the main goals of the program is to provide legal aid to poor members of the community. It is a very important social mission and also a way to enlighten students on the public service aspect of the legal profession. Introduction to the social problems increases awareness and sensibility for the poverty and human rights violation problems in the society. Another important goal is the improvement of the law students’ education process through the contact with not only theory, but law in practice as well - relations with clients and their problems. It is a perfect combination of instructive education and obtaining practical abilities. The program is thus addressed to the law students and the law teachers but on the other hand - to the weakest social groups such as: unemployed, homeless, retired, handicapped, crime victims, women with difficult situation, foreigners, refugees. The program involves the individuals and the entire legal and academic society in working with the poorest people, often left on the margin of the social life. It also fulfills the basic needs concerning free access to justice." From the Fundacua Uniwersyteckich Poradni Prawnych Website.

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"There are currently over 30 migration Law Clinics in Germany, most of which were founded in 2013 or later. After three years of networking efforts, the German Refugee Law Clinics (RLCs) in September 2016 decided to join forces and create a nationwide umbrella association. The public charity that is currently being set up for this purpose bears the name „Refugee Law Clinics Deutschland“. It aims to support the German RLCs and improve their working conditions wherever possible, through i.a. advocacy and networking on the national and European level, the organization of RLC conferences, the elaboration and distribution of high quality training materials etc."

From the RLC Deutschland Website

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"SAULCA is a voluntary association of all South African University Law Clinics, established in approximately 1982,  to promote and protect the interests, values and goals of its members. SAULCA's vision is to be a professional and efficient organization,  committed to democratic values and human rights, and dedicated to promoting excellence in clinical legal education and access to justice." From the SAULCA Website.

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