The Vance Center provides pro bono legal representation to dozens of social justice organizations and engages hundreds of law firms in this worldwide work, while promoting diversity in the legal profession.

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Areas Of Practice

We provide pro bono legal representation worldwide to dozens of NGOs and international governmental bodies in three areas: human rights and access to justice; environment; and good governance.

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Our Programs

The Vance Center engages lawyers in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the United States, to enhance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, as well as pursue social justice through pro bono practice.

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October 30, 2020

Vance Center Authors Report on Rights of Rivers

The Vance Center Environment Program, together with the Earth Law Center and International Rivers, has authored a comprehensive report on the “Rights of Nature” around the world. “A global ... Read More

September 30, 2020

Vance Center Africa Program Update

The Vance Center's African Legal Fellows participated in several events to conclude their fellowship year: Read More

September 30, 2020

Vance Center Presents Venezuelan Victim Testimony to Inter-American Court of Human Rights

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently held a virtual proceeding to consider testimony from two victims in the case Mota Abarullo and others v. Venezuela. The case concerns the death o... Read More

December 7, 2020 10:00 am–11:30 am

Justice in the time of COVID-19: Challenges to the Judiciary in Latin America & the Caribbean

The declaration of states of emergency and adoption of emergency measures across Latin American and the Caribbean in response to the COVID-19 pandemic immediately affected and continue to affect ... Read more

December 7, 2020 10:00 am–11:30 am

Justicia en los tiempos de COVID-19: Desafíos del Poder Judicial en América Latina y el Caribe

La declaración de estados de emergencia y la adopción de medidas de emergencia en América Latina y el Caribe en respuesta a la pandemia del COVID-19 afectó de inmediato y continúa afectando ... Leer más