THE VANCE CENTER CONSIDERS CIVIL SOCIETY–the formal and informal groups that people freely create to share views, pursue causes, express culture–as key players in democratic governance and lawyers as key players in civil society. It is lawyers who use and develop the laws and the institutions of government, which define and secure civil and human rights.
The rule of law is a crucial ingredient to vibrant civil society, enabling people to rely on the legal system and understand and participate in what their governments do. Equal access to justice demonstrates and advances fairness and promotes confidence in the law and legal institutions.
The Vance Center helps clients with legal matters in three thematic areas:
The Environment Program promotes conscientious stewardship of natural resources and the human rights obligations underpinning a sustainable environment and climate change.
Human Rights & Access To Justice
The Human Rights and Access to Justice Program protects individuals from discrimination, violence, injustice, and corruption, as well as supports international human rights bodies committed to such protection.
The Good Governance Program pursues openness and honesty in government, supporting civil society and independent journalism to hold
officials and institutions accountable.