Juscutum Pro bono (lat. pro bono publico — for the public good) is a project we’ve been developing aimed at providing the legal aid to organizations in the fields of science, culture and arts, as well as to persons who cannot afford to pay for such services. If the state is unable to protect its own cultural and scientific heritage, then the civil society stands up for it.
Thus, Juscutum lawyers have fostered all their efforts with the aim to protect the legal rights of the National Botanic Garden named after N. Gryshko against the unlawful building on the site. So far, no skyscrapers have been erected, and no shopping malls has been built there.
Juscutum has been supportive of the idea to protect the heritage of Taras Shevchenko, the famous Ukrainian poet and artist. Juscutum provided legal services through the public procurement for major repairs of the National Taras Shevchenko Museum outhouse. We are glad that this museum has become the genuine architectural pearl of our capital, and does not look like a soviet epoch reminder any more.
In 2011, our lawyers challenged the results of the National Technical University inspection by the Main Control and Audit Office. Therefore, we proved that there had been no violations on the part of the University. As a result, the emerging dispute between the university and the Ministry of Education was settled. By this, we enabled the management to continue developing their educational institution.
In addition, we have been providing legal aid to the Red Cross Society of Ukraine since 2013. It was then that the due legal services agreement was executed, inter alia aimed at protection of the Red Cross symbols throughout Ukraine, information support, claims work, representation of the Red Cross Society at its cooperation with government authorities. Moreover, we have developed the legal reminder for the Society volunteers who provided medical assistance to the injured during the riots in Ukraine.
Juscutum pro bono protects the representatives of social agencies and movements in their struggle against the abuse of power by legal enforcement authorities. For instance, we defended Vasyl Liubarets, the organizer of the Vradiejev movement, who had been arrested during the peaceful protest, and had been kept in custody for ten days. Juscutum attorneys created the precedent confirming that the lack of statutory regulation constitutes the absence of the event of an administrative offence. Thus, we acquired one of the mechanisms aimed to protect the citizens against the illegal arrests and unlawful banning of peaceful gatherings.