How to become a volunteer lawyer?

The team in Lesvos will consist of a small number of lawyers from European countries based on a roster for short term missions (minimum three weeks). These lawyers will work on a pro bono basis, though their expenses will be covered. Their role is to distribute documentation, give legal advice to migrants requiring international protection and send weekly reports on their activities.

They will be supported by ground staff engaged on a longer-term basis in order to ensure more permanent support for the project.

The project will be run in close cooperation with the Greek Bars, in particular the Lesvos Bar.

How to become a volunteer lawyer?

Lawyers who would like to participate in the project should meet the following criteria:

  • Able to spend a minimum of three weeks in Lesvos;
  • Training and/or experience in Asylum Law and the law of international protection;
  • Proficiency in English required (this will be assessed).

Please fill in the application form and submit it to your national Bar or Law Society or directly to The national Bar or Law Society will in turn identify volunteer lawyers who meet the above mentioned criteria and send the applications to the CCBE/DAV. Please note that for any applications received directly to the project, the relevant Bar or Law Society will be notified of the application. 

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for November or December 2016. However, we are now accepting applications for January – end of July 2017.

The final selection will be made by group of experts from within the CCBE/DAV. Priority will be given to lawyers who can stay for a longer period of time.

For any further information please contact

You can also download the form here.