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RESOURCE LIBRARY

KEY RESOURCE

The Vance Center 2013-14 Annual Report (click here to access).

Legacy of Cyrus R. Vance (click here to access).

Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas

Declaration Text and Signatory Sheets [English | French | Portuguese | Spanish]

Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas Signatory List (click here to access).


PRO BONO NETWORK

PBDA History [English | Spanish]

Pro Bono Chain (click here to access).

Pro Bono Implementation Manual for Law Firms [English | Spanish]

Supplement to Pro Bono Implementation Manual (click here to access).

2011 Commemorative Poster (click here to access).

International Pro Bono Network [Spanish]


HUMAN RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Letter from NYC Bar President, Debra L. Raskin to President Museveni of Uganda (click here to access).

Country Reports on Access to Justice

Argentina: English | Spanish

Brazil: English

Canada: English

Chile: English | Spanish

Colombia: Spanish

Costa Rica: Spanish

Mexico: Spanish

Panama: English | Spanish

Paraguay: Spanish

Peru: English

2011 Access to Justice in the Americas Conference [English]


FREE EXPRESSION, MEDIA, AND INFORMATION

Letter from NYC Bar President, Debra L. Raskin to the Minister of Justice of Swaziland (click here to access).

United Nations Human Rights Council - The Promotion, Protection and Enjoyment of Human Rights on the Internet (click here to access).

Amicus Brief: Granier v. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, filed in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights [English | Spanish]


ENVIRONMENT

Letter from NYC Bar President, Debra L. Raskin to UN Director of Division for Sustainable Development, Mr. Nikhil Seth (click here to access).

Regulatory Best Practices for Remediation of Legacy Toxic Contamination [English | Spanish]

What are the next steps? Legal Perspectives on Mexico's General Law on Climate Change -- Collaboration with USAID & Environmental Law Institute [English | Spanish]


WOMEN IN THE PROFESSION

Best Practices for the Hiring, Training, Retention of Women Attorneys [English | Portuguese | Spanish]


SOUTH AFRICAN LEGAL FELLOWS PROGRAM

South African Legal Fellows Program 2013-14 Brochure (click here to access).

List of Past and Present Legal Fellows (click here to access).


MARRIAGE EQUALITY 

The Vance Center is supporting the Alliance for Marriage in the Americas, a collaboration of U.S. and Latin American lawyers, led by Vance Center Committee member Hunter Carter of Arent Fox and Fundacion Pro Bono Chile board member Ciro Colombara of Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers. The Alliance is advocating and litigating for recognition of an international human right to equality.

Recent work of the Alliance in Colombia:

Amicus curiae briefs filed by the New York City Bar Association before the Colombian Constitutional Court:

Adoption rights of same-sex couples: Petition of unconstitutionality before the Constitutional Court of Colombia against Articles 64, 66, and 68 (partial) of Law 1098 (2006) and against Article 1 of Law 54 (1990) (regarding adoption rights for same-sex couples) (Spanish) (July 2014) (click here to access) .

Right to same-sex marriage: Rodas v. Notaria Cuarta del Circuito de Cali, et al. (April 2014) (click here to access).

Amicus curiae briefs filed before the Colombian Constitutional Court and coordinated by the Alliance:

Amicus curiae brief filed by the American Sociological Association (click here to access).

Amicus curiae brief filed by the Williams Institute (English | Spanish).

Hunter Carter's report on Marriage as a Human Right delivered to Colombian Senate on April 2013 (click here to access).

Recent work of the Alliance in Chile:

Representation of three same-sex couples in Chile before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding their right to same-sex marriage and protection of their families

Petition before the IACHR against Chile for violation of articles 1.1, 2, 12, 17 and 24 of the American Convention on Human Rights (click here to access).

Opinions from Chilean Courts against same-sex marriage (Opinion 1 | Opinion 2 | Opinion 3).

Speech by Hunter Carter before members of the Chilean Senate and the Institute of Human Rights in Chile, March 2013 (click here to access).

Recent work of the Alliance in Mexico:

Representation of one same-sex couple in Mexico before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights regarding their right to same-sex marriage and protection of their family

Petition before the IACHR against Mexico for violation of articles 1.1, 2, 17, 24 and 28.2 of the American Convention on Human Rights (click here to access).



SURVEYS

Latin Lawyer and Vance Center's Second Pro Bono Survey (click here to access).

Demographic Survey of Large Corporate Law Firms in South Africa, May 2013 (click here to access).

Latin American Pro Bono Survey Results  [English | Spanish]


REPORTS

Observations and Recommendations of New York City Bar Association Delegation of Business Lawyers of the Americas to Guatemala (click here to access).

Study by Swedish and New York City Bar Associations Raises Concerns on Press Freedom in Montenegro (click here to access).

Latin American Pro Bono Final Status Report

Full Report

Abbreviated Report

2009 Survey Results [English | Spanish]

2007 Gender-based Violence Laws in Sub-Saharan Africa (click here to access).


TRAINING MATERIALS

2010 Judicial Training Program in Argentina

Fashioning and Enforcement of Remedies in Public-Interest Litigation

Program English | Program Spanish

Spanish Introduction

2010 Human Rights Training

Training Book

2008 Promoting & Enforcing Human Rights: Arusha Conference

Strategies for Promoting and Enforcing Human Rights in the African & Inter-American Human Rights Systems

2005 Strategy Session for the Americas

English

Spanish

Portuguese