12th Asia Pro Bono Conference &

Access to Justice Exchange

Cebu, the Philippines

As you are likely aware, the 12th Asia Pro Bono Conference & A2J Exchange (APBC&A2JX) will take place in Cebu, the Philippines, from the end of November to the beginning of December 2023. (Date will be determined).

Since its inception in 2012 in the Lao PDR, the APBC&A2JX has become Asia’s largest annual gathering of individuals supporting or working in access to justice, pro bono, and public interest law.

Every year, the APBC&A2JX has proven to be a landmark event, highlighting and commemorating pro bono legal work undertaken throughout Asia and the world. The goal of the APBC&A2JX is to promote and advance a shared pro bono ethos in Asia and beyond.

Consequently, this annual event provides a crucial opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders, including lawyers, paralegals, academics, law students, jurists, members of civil society, government policymakers, and representatives of non-profit and for-profit organizations, to develop, explore, and share pro bono initiatives and projects that strengthen access to justice in Asia and other regions of the world.

We look forward to having you be part of the Asia Pro Bono Movement.


The Asia Pro Bono Conference & Access to Justice Exchange is a key event in our region for stakeholders to develop, explore and share pro bono initiatives and projects that strengthen access to justice in Asia and global. Held annually, the APBC&A2JX brings together lawyers, academics, law students, jurists, pro bono professionals, policymakers, civil society and non-profit representatives, and provides a unique platform for you to hear from and engage with your peers, who are inspiring others and positively impacting the lives of some of the region’s most disadvantaged individuals and marginalised communities.

The APBC&A2JX will be an exciting mix of carefully curated plenaries, break-outs, interactive workshop sessions and networking events including APBC&A2JX proceedings and focusing on community capacity building, teaching and the educational aspects of pro bono work, as well as clinical learning for tertiary students and future practitioners. Delegates are encouraged to attend the entire event as it is a once in a year opportunity for participation, collaboration and dialogue.

Whether you are a legal practitioner, academic, student, in business, government or the non-profit sector, your participation and support is welcomed. We invite you to participate in this year’s event and become part of the Asia pro bono movement.

Who Should Attend

  • NGOs and others involved in pro bono and access to justice initiatives
  • Lawyers and legal practitioners
  • Law professors and law students
  • The Judiciary
  • Government officials
  • The private sector

Supporting the Asia Pro Bono Movement

Each year’s Conference & Exchange is organised by volunteers, NGOs and others with the support of our sponsors and a range of organisations around the Asia region.

Each year, the Asia Pro Bono Conference and Access to Justice Exchange is run on a revenue-neutral basis meaning we minimise the registration fees as much as possible and use any surplus to subsidise the attendance of regional pro bono champions, who could not otherwise afford to attend. You can help directly.  Learn more about how to become a partner through sponsorship.

The  Asia Pro Bono Conference & Access to Justice Exchange is an initiative founded in 2012.

The event celebrates and emphasizes pro bono legal work and legal ethics, discussing ways to further the outreach of the pro bono ethos and impact throughout Asia and around the globe.  Continue reading