Pro bono in Brussels

Each year we handle a number of pro bono cases which either have a profound social significance, or that address a fundamental legal principle. They also frequently involve complex issues of civil, administrative or human rights law.

These cases are handled free of charge or at significantly reduced rates and we are proud that our lawyers invest their time and energy to assist those who would otherwise be unable to receive such counsel. As part of this process our Pro Bono Committee selects cases that are based on a list of criteria. Firstly the case must hold demonstrable social significance or set a legal precedent. Next, the party concerned must have limited financial resources and is not entitled to receive legal aid. We must also believe that we can provide clear added value through our specialist knowledge and expertise. Finally, we are careful to ensure there is no conflict of interest with our existing clients.

Every year, our partners and associates continue to play an active role in various pro bono matters, taking on cases that make a real difference to individuals, and local and national organisations. We invite you to read through the small selection of pro bono cases we have undertaken below.

For more information, please contact Stibbe’s Pro Bono Committee:

T +32 2 533 53 28

Stibbe assists Dierenartsen Zonder Grenzen/Vétérinaires sans Frontières in its GDPR compliance project.

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Also for NGOs compliance with the data protection regulation is important.

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium helps livestock farmers in African countries. They vaccinate and care for herds and help families to improve their livestock farming. In Belgium, VSF provides information and increases awareness about sustainable food production and consumption.

Thanks to the support from VSF, African livestock farmers can overcome their poverty themselves. Thanks to animals, training, materials and animal healthcare, they can provide enough food for themselves and for the market. The whole village gets better as a result.

Stibbe is proud to be able to guide VSF in this project.

Stibbe assists PAG-ASA vzw

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Legal advice to victims of human trafficking

Since 2008, the Brussels office has supported the PAG-ASA vzw, a non-governmental organisation that provides shelter, as well as legal advice to victims of human trafficking and cooperates with the relevant authorities in the combat against trafficking networks.   

A pool of motivated trainees led by Belgian litigation partner Hans Van Bavel assists PAG-ASA and the victims with their representation before the criminal courts in order to defend their rights and claim damages.

Stibbe assists OXFAM/WWF

In 2012, we provided advice for the Legal Resource Initiative (LRI) created by Oxfam and the WWF in the preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), Cancun Summit in Mexico. This included matters in relation to the Kyoto Protocol (KP), public international law, an assessment of the Copenhagen Accord, the Gigaton Gap and the possible consequences between the first KP and the next.