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10 May 2024

King's Legal Clinic wins at Student ProBono Awards

The Human Rights and Environmental Law Clinic's Rights of Nature Toolkit Project won "Best Contribution by a Team of Students" at the LawWorks and Attorney General Student ProBono Awards ceremony at the House of Lords.

LawWorks  Award Ceremony 2024
Alasdair Douglas, LawWorks Chair of Tustees, Sanja Katic, Guillermo Gari Ruibaldeflores, Laurent Sammouri, Saiffedine Benamar, Sue Willman, Sneha Bhardwaj, Maya Pardo, Attorney General Rt Hon. Victoria Prentis KC MP, Addison Luck.

The Rights of Nature Toolkit Project has received praise from a diverse range of stakeholders working in the field of environmental and legal advocacy since its launch in January. At the award ceremony, the Attorney General Victoria Prentis KC, and the LawWorks Chair of Trustees, Alasdair Douglas, both commended the toolkit in its potential to address the need for environmental legal advice and challenges facing rivers in the UK.

The toolkit serves as a comprehensive practical legal guide aimed at other law students, paralegals, and active communities, promoting access to justice and healthy rivers with sections on:

  • Gathering information and making information requests
  • Submitting a complaint as well as criminal prosecutions
  • Judicial review
  • Environmental planning law
  • Nuisance claims
  • Human rights claims
  • Soft-law transnational complaints
  • Public participation including council motions
  • Public consultations
  • Objecting to planning permission

Students Maya Pardo, Guillermo Gari Ruibaldeflores, Sanja Katic, Saira Munir, Marcus Chan, Addison Luck, Andrew Tan Ri Yao, and Saiffedine Benamar, Amanda Ignatia, and Freya Skyrme participated in the project.

Laurent Sammouri, a final year Politics, Philosophy & Law (LLB) student, was also recognised as "Highly Commended" in the category of "Best Contribution by an Individual Student". He was shortlisted for Best Contribution by an Individual Student in addition to the Legal Clinic's nomination for Best Contribution by a Team of Students.

Group photo LawWorks Terrace

These awards celebrate the Legal Clinic students’ commitment to giving up their free time to working in a field which is more important than ever as we face the challenges of climate change, water pollution, and an erosion of the rule of law.

Sue Willman, Acting Director of the HRE Clinic. 

Now in their 18th year, the awards celebrate the best pro bono activities undertaken by law students and law schools and the positive impact on those assisted. Award winners were announced at the awards ceremony at the House of Lords on 9 May and were presented by the Attorney General, Victoria Prentis KC MP.

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Sue Willman

Assistant Director of King's Legal Clinic and Lecturer in Law (Education)

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