Non profit organisations

Refugee Council of Australia

Website of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) the national umbrella body for refugees. The RCOA is a non-profit organisation supporting refugees and conducting research and policy analysis. The site has information aimed at lawyers dealing with asylum claims, other service providers and refugees wanting to settle in Australia. There are also guides to Australia’s asylum policies and refugees and international law.

Centre of Policy and Legal Reform

The Centre of Policy and Legal Reform (CPLR) is a Ukrainian organisation whose aim is to strengthen democracy, rule of law and good governance in Ukraine. The site has information on the various projects the CPLR is working on which include an assessment of the Ukrainian justice system and a report on state anti-corruption policy. Details of publications are given (some in full text) and a weekly newsletter covers events concerning constitutionalism, political parties and elections, governance and the judiciary in Ukraine. Annual reports can be downloaded in PDF.

Parliamentary Monitoring Group

The Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) provides access to committee proceedings of the South African National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (upper chamber) in the form of detailed, unofficial minutes. Details of public hearings and ministerial replies to MPs' written questions are given and it is also possible to track the progress of bills and view the act in full text. Information is given on the provincial legislatures including profiles of members, committees and contact details. The PMG blog highlights important Parliamentary events of the current week.

People’s Assembly

Website of the People’s Assembly, a not for profit organisation, which aims to “promote accountability and bridge the gap between ordinary people and their elected representatives” in South Africa.

It is possible to search for elected representatives by name or location and profiles and contact details are given for all members of the National Assembly, National Council of Provinces and Provincial Legislatures. There is also guidance for citizens on making a submission to parliament, starting a petition and writing or visiting a parliamentary committee.

South African Human Rights Commission

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is a national body whose role is to protect human rights in South Africa by raising awareness and monitoring observance of human rights issues. The SAHRC also deals with complaints. Focus areas include children’s rights, the disabled and older people along with access to justice, housing, basic services and healthcare.

Arab Center for the Rule of Law and Integrity (ACRLI)

ACRLI is a non-governmental organization that was set up by a group of professional lawyers, judges and academics from Arab countries. It seeks to promote good governance and the rule of law in the Arab world. The Center holds events, carries out projects and publishes studies and reports. The ACRLI website provides a subscription-based database of legislation from 18 Arab jurisdictions, together with selected court decisions and references to books, journal articles and websites.

Communication & Internet Services Adjudication Scheme

The Communication & Internet Services Adjudication Scheme (CISAS) is a UK dispute resolution provider that looks into complaints about telecommunications and internet companies. The CISAS webpages provide guidance on bringing a complaint, procedural forms, the CISAS Rules, FAQs, a list of the companies covered and information about compensation. Details of the CISAS adjudicators are given under ‘Officials’ and data about the outcomes of complaints cases is found under ‘Reports’. Based in London, CISAS is managed by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Asociaciόn Venezolana de Derecho Maritimo

Official site of the Venezuelan Association of Maritime Law (AVDM). Gives background information about the organisation including its history, membership, mission, vision and code of ethics. The organisation is committed to the study, development, reform and dissemination of maritime law. Full-text access is available to documents and legislation related to the Organisation.  The Publications section consists of a collection of free e-books (some in English) and serials on Venezuelan and international maritime law, presented in the form of a clickable bookshelf.

Legal Education Foundation

Website of the Legal Education Foundation, an independent grant-making body which provides funding to organisations undertaking charitable work focusing on legal education. The site has guidance on applying for grants, details of the funding programmes and information on projects that have been funded in the past.

Prisoners’ Advice Service

The Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) is a charity providing free legal advice regarding human and legal rights, conditions of imprisonment and the application of prison law and prison rules to adult prisoners in England and Wales. The site has information sheets covering a wide range of topics that affect prisoners, including health care, mandatory drug testing, transfers and confiscation orders along with articles and responses to consultations. There are also law guides aimed at women prisoners, and a number of self-help toolkits.

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