Strengthening Rights Protection for Ukrainian IDPs and Refugees through Collaborative Legal Initiatives in Poland, Sweden, and Ukraine
Strengthening Rights Protection for Ukrainian IDPs and Refugees through Collaborative Legal Initiatives in Poland, Sweden, and Ukraine

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 commencement of a project funded by the Swedish Institute. Titled “Standing with Ukraine by Providing Enhanced Rights Protection of IDPs and Refugees”, the project aims to bolster the rights protection and legal assistance provided to Ukrainian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in Sweden and Poland, as well as those remaining in Ukraine.

Scheduled to run from September 2023 to August 2025, the project has set forth objectives to support legal clinics, local authorities, state bodies, and other relevant actors in Ukraine, Poland, and Sweden working with legal assistance of Ukrainian IDPs and refugees. The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities and cooperation opportunities of the targeted actors in Ukraine, Poland and Sweden to provide legal assistance and information to Ukrainian IDPs and refugees. The overall aim is to improve the rights protection of Ukrainian IDPs and refugees by strengthening providers of legal assistance and information in Poland, Sweden, and Ukraine.

Key activities within the project:

  • Mapping of key actors engaged in legal education, information, assistance for 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 and experiences of the targeted actors regarding provision legal assistance 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 workshop in Sweden to follow-up on key issues that emerged from the above online platform (late 2024 – early 2025).
  • Final reporting to donor and dissemination of results (mid 2025)  

Focusing on the development of sustainable mechanisms for cooperation and information exchange, while promoting cross-border collaboration and improving the legal support system, the project will contribute to enhancing the protection of the rights of Ukrainian NGOs and refugees.

About the Organizations:

Swedish Institute:

The Swedish Institute, a public agency, is dedicated to promoting interest and trust in Sweden globally, focusing on Sweden’s image, cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, and global development initiatives. Through various channels, including digital platforms and printed materials, SI disseminates information about Sweden, analyzes international perceptions, and facilitates exchanges and partnerships to enhance awareness and foster positive relationships.  SI is financed mainly through state appropriations, emphasizing grants, scholarships, and contributions to international cooperation, assistance, education, and business development.

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. 



Strengthening Rights Protection for Ukrainian IDPs and Refugees through Collaborative Legal Initiatives in Poland, Sweden, and Ukraine
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