Torys receives 2017 TrustLaw Collaboration Award

September 29, 2017

Torys’ collaboration on a significant international pro bono case has been recognized with a 2017 TrustLaw Collaboration Award from the Thomson Reuters Foundation at a ceremony in London, England.

Lara Guest led our team of David Wawro, Jaclyn Leader and Molly Reynolds to prepare briefs of law submitted to the Supreme Court of India to diligently and quickly help anti-trafficking non-profit Prajwala and offered “expert advice on existing, relevant laws in India and best practices in other countries for the reporting and blocking of sex crime videos.”

Prajwala founder Sunitha Krishnan filed for public interest litigation at the Supreme Court of India after discovering a series of Facebook pages and other videos of heinous sex crimes against children and was given one week to submit briefs describing the legal tools available in other countries to remove such content.

The Court ultimately directed a special committee to create a mechanism to prohibit the distribution of such harmful content. 

Sunitha told Thomson Reuters this case was a great example of ethical legal work where the lawyers on this project showed an exemplary commitment to serving society and the public interest.

“They have demonstrated that even in a commercial environment, the need to protect fundamental human rights can take precedence over business interests,” she said.

You can read more about our pro bono work by heading to the Community page here.


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