New Perimeter

Our Global Pro Bono Initiative

Supporting Pro Bono and Legal Ethics in Southeast Asia

About our work 

New Perimeter worked with BABSEACLE, Herbert Smith Freehills and the Australian Government Solicitor to develop a curriculum for law students on legal ethics, pro bono and access to justice. The team helped develop, test and deliver ten course modules using a clinical legal education framework that encourages participation through practical scenarios, case studies, active discussions and debate. The curriculum helps students develop their ability to identify, evaluate and respond to ethical concerns; explore issues related to access to justice; and encourage pro bono among future generations of lawyers.  In addition, New Perimeter continues to work with BABSEACLE to develop and deliver curriculum for national and regional mock trial trainings, including fact patterns and exercises regarding pre-trial processes that promote fair trials and due process.

Key deliverables

  • Developed and deliver ten interactive modules on the professional responsibility and ethics of lawyers, access to justice and pro bono for law students across South East Asia
  • Developing and delivering exercises to prepare law students to participate in regional access to justice events

Key facts

  • New Perimeter has taught 800+ law professors, students and lawyers since the project’s inception.
  • Classes have been taught at universities, access to justice conferences and justice centres throughout the region.
  • The curriculum has been adopted by a number of universities in Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, and continues to be taught around the region.
  • New Perimeter trained law students in Laos on pre-trial skills, to prepare for participation in regional access to justice events

Access to justice


Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Project dates

2013 – Ongoing

Program partner

  • Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEACLE)

Featured lawyers

Annette Beashel, Michael Gill

Program managers

Claire Donse, Suzanna Brickman