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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 donate 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 opbp@law.ox.ac.uk 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.

Publications

  • D S Gangjee, 'Proving Provenance? Geographical Indications Certification and its Ambiguities' (2016) World Development (forthcoming)
    With their historic links to a specific region, GIs are increasingly valued for their endogenous development potential. But precisely what does legal recognition as a GI guarantee? Drawing on the EU's registration system as a model, this paper investigates the certification of provenance and authenticity by public authorities. Recent empirical findings reveal that considerable flexibility exists within the certification process, which permits the loosening of linkages to a region and dilutes the certification guarantee. The present over-reliance on the system’s ability to certify could be usefully remedied if greater attention is paid to the individual product specification design.