A Collaborative Initiative to Strengthen the Rights of Ukrainian IDPs and Refugees through Public Legal Education
A Collaborative Initiative to Strengthen the Rights of Ukrainian IDPs and Refugees through Public Legal Education

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine (ALCU) in collaboration with Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) and Polish Legal Clinics Foundation (PLCF) is pleased to announce the launch of a project titled “Strengthening the Rights of Ukrainian IDPs and Refugees through Public Legal Education”. Funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, this initiative is set to make a significant impact on the lives of Ukrainian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in Sweden, Poland, and Ukraine. 

The project is set to unfold its initiatives from September 2023 to October 2024. The primary goal of this project is to support Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Ukraine, Poland, and Sweden dedicated to providing legal assistance to Ukrainian IDPs and refugees. By focusing on Public Legal Education (PLE), the project seeks to strengthen capacities and cooperation opportunities of CSOs in Ukraine, Poland and Sweden to provide Public Legal Education (PLE) to Ukrainian IDPs and refugees. In this way, the project aims to contribute to strengthened rights protection for Ukrainian IDPs and refugees, which in turn would have positive impacts on social cohesion and inclusion in both Ukraine and host countries. 

In order to increase the capacities of local CSOs the project will carry out the following key activities: 

  • Mapping of key PLE actors engaged with Ukrainian IDPs and refugees in the partner countries (Sep-Dec 2023)
  • Online workshop to discuss findings of the mapping  (Feb 2024)  
  • Workshop in Poland on best practices regarding provision of Public Legal Education and information to refugees and IDPs on their human rights (April 2024) 
  • Online workshop on the development of sustainable platforms for learning, collaboration and experience sharing on refugee and IDP rights issues. A particular focus will be on intersectionality and the application of a human rights based approach (Sep 2024)   
  • One report collecting best practices and recommendations for dissemination to relevant stakeholders

By strengthening the rights protection framework for Ukrainian IDPs and refugees, this project aspires to positively influence social cohesion and inclusion in both Ukraine and host countries. We believe that informed communities contribute to a more just and equitable society.

About the Organizations:

The Nordic Council of Ministers

The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official body for inter-governmental co-operation in the Nordic Region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands). It seeks Nordic solutions wherever and whenever the countries can achieve more together than by working on their own. The Prime Ministers’ vision is that the Nordic region will become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. The co-operation in the Nordic Council of Ministers must serve this purpose.

Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI):

Research and academic institution that works to promote and advance human rights through knowledge. Since 1984, the mission of the RWI has been to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law. The Institute carries out multi-disciplinary human rights research, provides academic education, support, and advice. The institute is named after Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews and other people at risk in Hungary at the end of World War II.

Polish Legal Clinics Foundation (PLCF):

Established in 2002, the Polish Legal Clinics Foundation is at the forefront of legal empowerment, operating a network of 25 legal clinics within Faculties of Law and Administration. The mission of the PLCF is to provide free legal advice to the weakest social groups, including the unemployed, homeless, retired, and crime victims, while enriching the education of law students through hands-on experience. Beyond legal aid, PLCF actively promotes pro bono engagement among lawyers, fostering a culture of social responsibility. 

A Collaborative Initiative to Strengthen the Rights of Ukrainian IDPs and Refugees through Public Legal Education
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