The Alliance for Lawyers at Risk is an independent UK-based pro-bono network, founded in 2010, that provides moral and legal support to lawyers and human rights defenders working in precarious circumstances. The Alliance supports the work of PBI and other organisations.

The Alliance was founded in 2010 by Peace Brigades International UK patron, the late Sir Henry Brooke, and has since then been collaborating closely with PBI in providing legal expertise to the human rights defenders PBI accompanies.

For any enquiries please email President of the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk – Sir Patrick Elias - admin@lawyersatrisk.org

A list of Alliance actions and resources can be found here.

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The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox:

An innovative new resource for defenders working on issues regarding business and human rights has been produced by law firm Simmons & Simmons in collaboration with PBI UK. The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox is the first centralised online resource for rural communities and lawyers dealing with corporate human rights violations (also available in Spanish). It comprises a range of legal fact sheets designed to inform and assist human rights defenders in their struggles to uphold the rule of law in the face of corporate aggression. The launch could have a global impact as the Toolbox draws on international law and has universal application. The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox, produced by law firm Simmons & Simmons in collaboration with PBI UK, has been nominated for the 2019 Law Society Legal Excellence award for Excellence in Pro Bono.


The latest from the Alliance of Lawyers at Risk:

Sir Henry Brooke Awards: On 13 November 2018 Kenyan social justice activist Naomi Barasa and Colombian human rights lawyer Daniel Prado won the first annual Henry Brooke Awards for Human Rights Defenders. The awards were presented by Lady Arden DBE, at a packed event at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. These prestigious awards are in honour of the life and legacy of Sir Henry Brooke – barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, founder of the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk and dearly-missed patron of PBI UK – who passed away in January 2018.

In June 2018 -  An innovative new resource for defenders working on issues regarding business and human rights has been produced by law firm Simmons & Simmons in collaboration with PBI UK. The Human Rights Defenders Toolbox is the first centralised online resource for rural communities and lawyers dealing with corporate human rights violations (also available in Spanish).

On 17 October 2017, the Alliance relaunched its initiative of extending moral and legal support to lawyers and human rights defenders at risk.

On 16 November 2015 PBI UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk held an event ‘Shakespeare and the Law’ to celebrate and honour the courage of lawyers who take risks on a daily basis to defend the rule of law.

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