Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) provides pro bono legal research, particularly in the fields of international and comparative law, to individuals and organisations who are themselves working on a pro bono basis. In particular, graduate students and supervisors from the Faculty of Law prepare or assist in the preparation of research briefs, expert opinions, amicus curiae briefs, policy submissions, and reports. Over the past 15 years, OPBP has produced more than 50 projects for around 25 project partners across 12 different jurisdictions.
Through its projects, OPBP provides high-quality comparative and international law research to individuals and organisations around the world working pro bono on reports, expert opinions, amicus curiae briefs, policy submissions, and more. OPBP also runs an Internship Programme and organises and promotes public events which generate interest in and awareness of public interest law.
Who We Are
Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) is an organisation based at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law. It is dedicated to promoting the principles and practice of public interest law on a pro bono basis and works in close collaboration with the Oxford Human Rights Hub. In 2007 and 2013, OPBP was awarded the LawWorks & Attorney-General Award for Best Pro Bono Contribution by a Team of Students. In 2013, it was also awarded a grant of £15,000 by the Sigrid Rausing Trust to support and expand our activities.
Each year, OPBP is led by an Executive Committee made up of graduate students and Faculty members. Our work is made possible by a wider group of student volunteers who devote their time, energy and skills to our project work and participate in our Internship Programme.
What We Do
OPBP advances its constitutional mandate of promoting the principles and practice of public interest law in three key ways: through pro bono legal research, the OPBP Internship Programme, and public events. First, OPBP provides high-quality international and comparative law research on a pro bono basis to organisations, advocates and judicial bodies working on public interest issues around the world. Secondly, through its Internship Programme and Internship Fund, OPBP assists Oxford graduate students to undertake unpaid or poorly paid internships in public interest law. Finally, OPBP organises and promotes public seminars and other events which generate interest in and awareness of pro bono and public interest law.
Donate to OPBP
OPBP welcomes donations to support its work.
Donations can be made online to the Faculty of Law by clicking here. Once you have made your donation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to specify that your donation is for OPBP’s purposes.
Your generosity will help OPBP continue to promote the principles and practice of public interest law on a pro bono basis.
Thank you for your support.