The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession.

The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs.

Latest News from the Vance Center

New! The Vance Center 2013-14 Annual Report is available here

New! Latin Lawyer and Vance Center's Second Pro Bono Survey is available here

Challenges for the International Criminal Court

Vance Center International Council Member, Ambassador Hans Corell, discusses the challenges facing the International Criminal Court in the Winter 2014 Issue of the International Judicial Monitor (Click here for more).

Latin Lawyer Interviews Hosts of Uruguay's Women In the Profession Conference

Latin Lawyer discusses the Women In the Profession Conference held in Montevideo, Uruguay with five partners from Uruguayan law firms. (Click here for more).

Vance Center Client Presents Report to Human Rights Council

Professor John Knox, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, presented his second in a series of three annual reports to the Human Rights Council. (Click here for more).

Vance Center Convenes Women in the Profession Conference in Uruguay

The Vance Center Women in the Profession Program held a conference in Montevideo, Uruguay on March 12. The conference was one of a series organized by the Vance Center and local partners, at which law firm, in-house, and government lawyers have shared ideas about promoting diversity in the legal profession. (Click here for more).

New Signatories to the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas

The Vance Center is pleased to announce five new signatories to the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas, joining the extensive list of signatories who are dedicating themselves to pro bono service. (Click here for more).

Women in the Profession Meeting in Uruguay Featured in El Mirador

Members of the Women in the Profession Program met in Uruguay on March 12  to discuss the opportunities and challenges encountered in the legal field. (Click here for more Spanish).

Vance Center Environment Program Director Speaks at Princeton Conference

On February 7, Vance Center Environment Program Director, Susan Kath, spoke on a panel, Climate Change, Global Health and Human Rights, sponsored by Princeton University's Program in Global Health and Health Policy. (Click here for more).

Vance Center Joins United Nations Presentation

When the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development held its seventh session on January 6-10, Vance Center Environment Program staff attorney Clea Bowdery participated in a side event organized by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (“GAHP”). (Click here fore more).

The Vance Center Focuses on LGBTI Rights

The Vance Center has LGBTI Rights in its sights. Clients in a half dozen ongoing projects include a grassroots anti-homophobia clinic in Central America, an international NGO fighting to change laws in southern Africa that discriminate against LGBTI individuals, and an international governmental agency preparing a report on the status of hate crimes legislation. (Click here for more).

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Releases New Report on Preventive Detention in the Americas

The Commission acknowledges the contribution of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice for its research and analysis of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights on preventive detention. (Click here for the report - Spanish).

The Vance Center joins the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

The Vance Center joins six other organizations as the newest members of the ICRtoP. (Click here for more).

City Bar Delegation Views Early Resumption of Genocide Trial Critical for Rule of Law in Guatemala

A delegation, organized by the New York City Bar Association, traveled to Guatemala to meet with individuals and groups affiliated with the trial of two men for war crimes committed against Guatemala's Maya Ixil indigenous population. (Click here for the statement)