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Lawyers without Borders Student Division at UCL

28 September 2018

About the project

Lawyers without Borders (LWOB) is an organisation that manages volunteering lawyers from around the world who offer pro bono service to international rule of law and human rights projects, capacity building and access to justice initiatives.

Their work helps to ensure just outcomes in controversial cases, provides much needed legal research and training in developing countries, and assists in holding governments and legal systems to account.

Much of their work goes unpublicised due to its sensitive political nature in the countries in which they work. They are currently establishing a network of Student Divisions all around the UK who will help support their work through fundraising, research, and volunteering.

The Student Division at UCL will be joining an established international network of volunteer lawyers and law students from all over the world who work on human rights and rule of law projects and access to justice initiatives as well as carrying out research and fundraising to support LWOB.

For more information about the LWOB Student Division at UCL, please read their 

More information about Lawyers Without Borders as an organisation can be found on their website.  

LWOB Student Division at UCL Structure and Roles: 

The LWOB Student Division at UCL will work on a wide range of Human Rights-related projects, including fundraising, organising debates and other events, running a mooting competition and carrying out research in order to support LWOB. In addition, the Division hopes to raise awareness of poorly understood justice mechanisms by organising workshops, lectures and seminars on the rule of law.

The Division’s Structure

The LWOB Core Division is consists of the LWOB Committee and members of the LWOB Sub-Groups. There are 4 subgroups, each with its own remit, with the Committee providing overall oversight. This year, we shall also be recruiting a further group of affiliated students who will contribute to the division on an ad hoc basis. The groups will of course interact and consult with each other, but it is envisaged that they will have a large degree of independence to decide their own direction of travel.

LWOB Committee:

  • President
  • Vice-President.

The following Committee positions have a dual-responsibility – they act as committee roles as well as the heads of each subgroup.

  • Secretary/Head of Publications
  • Treasurer/Head of Fundraising
  • Communications Officer/Head of Social Media
  • Events Officer/Head of Events
  • Research Officer/Head of Research

LWOB Sub-Groups

  • Publications – Produces two main publications: a weekly blog, and a termly newsletter.
  • Social media – Responsible for updating and expanding the division’s social media presence.
  • Events – Organises events to be held at UCL, including panel talks, debates, and moots.
  • Fundraising – Raises funds through various channels.
  • Research - Conducts research into human rights and the rule of law, and also assists the committee with discrete research tasks.

This is a fantastic opportunity for law and non-law students who are interested in human rights and international law to share, develop and build on their experience

How to apply

This opportunity is open to undergraduates and postgraduates from any discipline who will still be enrolled at UCL in the 2018-2019 academic year. 

To apply for a commitee or subgroup position, please fill out the LWOB application form below and return it to accesstojustice@ucl.ac.uk. Please make sure you include "Lawyers Without Borders Application" in your email subject line: 

It is advised to apply by 20th October 2018. Please note that applications will however be received on a rolling basis. To make sure you are able to get a space volunteering on this project it is advised to apply as early as possible in October.

Please note, students will be expected to attend a compulsory handover meeting (date tbc)

For more information about this project, please contact Daniel Csigirinszkij, President of LWOB (daniel.csigirinszkij.17@ucl.ac.uk).