Do the Rights thing

May 16, 2012

Clifford Chance renews commitment to Human Rights awards

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Clifford Chance is once again spreading the love with the launch of the 2012 Access to Justice Awards.

Under the bright orange umbrella of their charitable arm, the Clifford Chance Foundation, the awards provide not-for-profit organisations with the chance to win £50,000 and 500 hours of pro bono volunteering over an 18-month period.

In order to win the prize, nominated charities have to demonstrate to a carefully selected panel of judges that they:

  • are directly involved in providing some form of legal representation in connection with enforcing rights aimed at securing some of the basic foundations of human life;
  • think intelligently about how it support the communities it serves;
  • can show best practice in providing access to justice for the community.

Last year’s inaugural prize went to the African Prisons Project (APP), which strives to bring dignity and hope to men, women and children in prisons in Africa. So far it has, among other projects, used the donation to fund scholarships for eight inmates, ex-inmates and prison staff in Uganda for correspondence courses with the University of London.

To date, the Clifford Chance Foundation has spent a whopping £5 million with 170 charities working with communities in nearly 65 countries. So if you fancy working for an international law firm with a big heart, why not see what’s on offer at Professionals in Law? KM

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