PILnet – The Global Network for Public Interest Law

formerly the Public Interest Law Institute PILI

Justice needs advocates: Law can deliver justice and protect rights, but it does not happen automatically. The law needs advocates to see that its promise is fulfilled. That’s why PILnet is building a global network to activate, empower and connect those who use legal tools to work in the public interest … (about 1/2).

Where; Resources; Our Work; Staff; Board; Jobs; News; Blogs; Newsletter; Donate;
Addresses (2 of 4): PILnet New York, 333 Seventh Avenue, 14th floor, New York, NY 10001, USA;
and: PILnet Moscow, Maroseyka str., 9/2 build. 8, office 34, 101000 Moscow, Russia;

About 2/2: … Mission: PILnet envisions a world where rule of law, as developed and supported within a wide variety of countries, delivers justice and protects human rights. 

PILnet connects with local partners to develop the institutions essential to rights-respecting societies. It inspires lawyers to serve the public interest, strengthens the ability of civil society to help shape law and policy and makes formal systems of justice more accessible


PILnet was created after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when the countries of Central and Eastern Europe were re-inventing themselves. At that time, the law was seen by many as a means of state control rather than an instrument for the common good. With seed funding from the Ford Foundation, PILnet was established in 1997 (then as the Public Interest Law Initiative in Transitional Societies) at Columbia University to promote the use of law as a tool to serve the interests of the whole of society rather than those of a powerful few.

In 2002, PILnet established an office in Budapest, Hungary, from which it coordinated efforts across Central and Eastern Europe. Subsequently, PILnet established offices in Russia (2004) and China (2008) to address the on-the-ground needs of its international fellows as well as apply its unique approach of activating, empowering and connecting those that use legal tools to work in the public interest.

In 2007, PILnet became an independent non-profit organization (then the Public Interest Law Institute) and established a New York office; PILnet adopted its current name in 2011 to better reflect its strategy of bringing together global networks devoted to delivering justice and protecting rights.

LINK: PittLaw, University of Pittsburg, USA: with a long list of links to LAW-websites.

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