The Public Interest Litigation Project (PILP) focuses on strategic litigation for human rights. It is a pilot project of the Dutch Section of International Commission of Jurists (NJCM). Several De Brauw colleagues work on PILP cases via Pro Bono Connect: the first public interest clearinghouse in the Netherlands (another project from NJCM). Pro Bono Connect links civil society to law firms such as De Brauw to provide free legal advice or assistance in legal proceedings.
As for the PILP cases: Defending human rights or pleading for a public interest strikes everybody’s imagination; every lawyer wants to be involved to make its contribution to these important topics. One of the matters concerns the criticised Dutch policy that labels Afghan refugees with a 1F status presuming that they committed war crimes without an individual investigation being conducted. Another case relates to trafficking in human beings. Reimbursements of cost for maternity care is a different topic in one of our PILP matters.