This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Law, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!

Overview


See Law Articles and Law Events.

Key People


Names are in alphabetical order, hyperlinked to LinkedIn, else Facebook. Listing is based on prior experience in an area, plus a connection to Singapore in some way.

Eugene Tan, Jennifer Anderson, Kelly Then, Lim Tanguy, Mahdev Mohan, Matthew Coghlan,
, Maureen Essex, Shahrany Binte Hassan, Tan Puay Boon, Thio Li Ann, Vinita Ramani Mohan

International Conventions & Networks

The Innocence Network is an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions. There is a Innocence Project initiative being undertaken by the NUS Criminal Justice Sub Club.

TrustLaw is an international vehicle for pro bono legal support and a hub of legal information, run by Thomson Reuters Foundation. TrustLaw is also dedicated to improving access to free legal assistance. At the heart of the project is an ambitious electronic platform called TrustLaw Connect, designed to create a new "marketplace" for international pro bono work.

International Bridges to Justice is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 2000 that strives to protect due process and achieve fair trials for the accused throughout the world. In countries where governmental commitment to human rights principles has, as of yet, failed to meet its practical goal, IBJ fills the gap between human rights legislation and domestic implementation. It is in the process of opening a regional Justice Training Center in Singapore to manage its projects in Southeast Asia, and runs a JusticeMakers programme. It also runs the IBJ Defense Wiki, a central repository of knowledge from a shared community of legal aid activists, public defenders, academics, and criminal defense attorneys from around the world.

International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children launched by the U.S.-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, works to identify and coordinate a global network of organizations fighting child-sexual exploitation and abduction. It now has a Asia director based in Singapore.

SG Networks & Associations


In 2007, the Law Society of Singapore established the Law Society of Singapore Pro Bono, Learning and Support Services to oversee its free legal assistance efforts and programs. The Pro Bono Services Office is the administrative arm of PLSS and coordinates all of the Law Society's free legal assistance efforts and programmes.

Community Legal Clinics are the first place for you to seek free basic legal advice and information. You will be able to consult a qualified lawyer on a one-to-one basis in a 20-minute session. It is to assist needy Singaporeans and Permanent Residents on matters where they are not represented by a lawyer. Advice would be provided on personal matters and not business/corporate or professional matters, and will be given to the applicant in person.

Legal Aid Bureau’s mission is to provide quality legal aid and advice to persons of limited means.

Singapore Association of Women Lawyers volunteers provide free legal advice to general members of the public across the table. This is currently provided to all members of the public at about 11 community centres and the Family Court. Appointments must be made directly with the community centres where the legal clinics are conducted.

Singapore Free Legal Clinics is a database of all free legal clinics in Singapore.

SG Organisations & Companies


Access to Justice Asia LLP is a non-profit, un-funded organisation comprising volunteer writers, artists, and researchers. AJA believes that Asian stories matter and that complex, intriguing stories lie at the heart of large and small historical events. AJA has its roots in a series of research trips to Cambodia, undertaken from 2006 to 2008, during which time AJA’s Co-Founders and affiliates attempted to study why the justice process, symbolized by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, mattered and how it was being interpreted, welcomed or rejected by local communities.

NUS Pro Bono Group is a student-run organization dedicated to the promotion of pro bono among law students in the Faculty of Law, NUS. It believes that volunteer legal service brings benefits to both the community and the volunteer, and they seek to spread this message to their peers by informing them about the pro bono movement in Singapore and to involve them in pro bono service.

SMU Pro Bono Club’s main aim is to foster a spirit of giving back to our society within the law school, by providing students with opportunities to use their legal knowledge and skills to serve the community.

Key Projects


The Kind Exchange is an online ‘meeting place’ for matching volunteer professionals in Singapore with community groups that need professional services. We aim to maximize ‘kind’ by allowing professionals with skills in finance, administration, law, technology, architecture, design, marketing and many other disciplines to be matched and fulfill the “KindDeeds” of community groups such as charities, schools, clubs, associations and special interest groups. Lawyers are sought after professional volunteers.

University Court Friends Scheme volunteers would be exposed to a wide range of opportunities from observing the intricacies of how the Family Court, Criminal Registry, Small Claims Tribunal and Maintenance Mediation Chambers function. Volunteers can look forward to assisting claimants in lodging their claims, and assisting in various consultation sessions. Volunteers will be exposed to real life mediation and negotiation which provides invaluable foundation for strong mediation skills.

Social Service Training Institute runs a course on SC005098|Law of Tort for NPOs.

Key Videos & Publications


The Pro Bono Guide aims to give lawyers in Singapore a comprehensive overview of pro bono volunteer opportunities with various organizations and agencies serving the community.

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