About us

The field of public interest litigation has expanded and is continuing to expand rapidly in South Africa, with an increasing amount of institutions engaging with law as a tool for social change. The public interest law gathering (PILG) is an annual event held in Johannesburg, South Africa since 2011 bringing together public interest legal practitioners and organisations, law students, paralegals, social movement leaders and legal academics with the aim of serving as a focal point for professionals in the field to share and develop knowledge.  Focusing on public interest litigation, the gathering is a collaborative knowledge-sharing exercise, as well as an opportunity to promote networking in the public interest community. We intend to facilitate greater collaboration within human rights and public interest litigation oriented organisations and to increase the skills of persons working in such organisations.

We are organised through a Coordinating Committee, as of PILG 2014 consisting of:

  • The Wits School of Law
  • The South African Litigation Centre
  • The Centre for Applied Legal Studies
  • Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Section 27
  • The Socio-Economic Rights Institute
  • The Legal Resources Centre
  • Students for Law and Social Justice
  • ProBono.org