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TrustLaw Awards

Updated: Thu, 19 May 2016

About the TrustLaw AwardsBack to top

The TrustLaw Awards is an annual ceremony hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to celebrate the groundbreaking pro bono projects undertaken by legal teams with NGOs and social enterprises around the world.

The event is attended by our growing network of TrustLaw members from over 170 countries to celebrate the impact made by pro bono on a global scale.

The TrustLaw Awards recognises the work of legal teams, NGOs and social enterprises in five categories;

  • Impact Award – The Impact Award recognises projects that demonstrate significant, wide-ranging impact for an NGO or social enterprise, their community, and beyond. 
  • Innovation Award – The Innovation Award recognises projects that feature not only a new and exciting idea or enterprise, but a legal team that used creativity in addressing the issues faced. 
  • Collaboration Award – The Collaboration Award recognises projects that showcase highly effective working relationships between legal teams, NGOs and social enterprises that have dramatically increased the potential impact of projects as a result. 
  • Lawyer of the Year Award – The Lawyer of the Year Award awards the individual lawyers who have gone above and beyond in giving exceptional pro bono support
  • Legal Team of the Year Award – Legal Team of the Year Award recognises hard work and enthusiasm in supporting pro bono clients over the previous year's TrustLaw projects in 3 different categories: domestic law firm, international law firm, and in-house legal team. 

TrustLaw Awards 2016Back to top

The 2016 TrustLaw Awards were held on 22 September 2016 in New York with our growing network of TrustLaw members from the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa in attendance.

This year’s event opened with a keynote speech by Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the New York County District Attorney, and was hosted by Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Congratulations to the winners, whom we welcomed from India to Botswana, and South Africa to the UK. 

Past TrustLaw AwardsBack to top

Check out the TrustLaw Awards from previous years to meet the winners and learn about their inspirational pro bono projects;

The first day of Ramadan in an Indian mosque
Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America climb up the border fence
Women pray for victims of the March 11, 2011 quake and tsunami disaster in Japan
Harvesting machines can be seen working during the opening ceremony of the Grain Harvest in Caseara, Brazil