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Background 
The Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL) is an umbrella organization that brings together individuals, law firms, non-governmental organizations and institutions with a commitment to engage in public interest litigation to achieve social justice. NETPIL was officially launched in May 2015 with the aim of promoting public interest lawyering and the pro bono spirit in Uganda; as well as fostering greater engagement of lawyers in public interest litigation and advocacy towards achieving social justice and greater protection of fundamental rights for all.
The establishment of the Network was spearheaded by the Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) at the School of Law, Makerere University. 

Vision: A legal profession committed to serving the justice needs of society.

Mission: To promote and strengthen public interest lawyering as a means to pursue social justice and the protection of human rights.

The objectives of the Network are:
(a)    To build and nurture social justice lawyers.
(b)    To enhance the capacity of its members to engage in public interest lawyering, and more specifically social justice.
(c)    To create awareness of public interest lawyering as an effective strategy to promote social justice and to better understand and litigate on emerging public interest law issues.
(d)    To promote the rule of law, respect for human rights, good governance and democracy through research, litigation, sensitization, dialogue and advocacy. 
(e)    To promote and pursue strategic litigation through instituting cases on topical constitutional law, human rights, social justice and corporate accountability matters.
(f)    To promote public interest related advocacy including creating public awareness through mobilization and capacity building of stakeholders, stakeholder engagements and media engagement among others. 
(g)    To coordinate evidence-based research aimed at supporting the network’s strategic interventions including academic scholarship, advocacy, litigation among others.
(h)    To act as a support and coordination mechanism for public interest lawyers and related initiatives. 
(i)    To establish and support NETPIL University Chapters aimed at mentoring students of law to become proficient advocates for social justice and public interest lawyering.
(j)    To strengthen strategic relationships with Development partners for purposes of resource mobilization and sustainability of NETPIL’s objectives.
(k)    To raise funds, acquire, own, develop and operate premises, property, equipment, and any other materials, goods and services that are necessary for the attainment of the mission and vision set out in this Memorandum of Association. 
(l)    To do any other such things as may be necessary or incidental to the attainment of these objectives.

Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Equality, Respect for Human Rights, Accountability, Transparency and Solidarity

Membership
NETPIL membership is open to individuals (legal practitioners), law firms, non-governmental organizations and institutions with a commitment to engage in public interest litigation to achieve social justice. 
NETPIL membership is also comprised of NETPIL University Chapters situate in various Universities that teach Law in Uganda with the aim of mentoring students of law to become proficient advocates for social justice and public interest lawyering

Thematic Areas of Focus:
NETPIL’s Mission & objectives are fulfilled primarily through six   thematic   working   groups including: Civil & Political Rights; Disability Rights; Education Rights; Health Rights; Labour Rights; and Land & Natural Resources.

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