Empowering justice innovation
The HiiL Justice Accelerator comes across hundreds of practical justice solutions every year that can really make a difference. Justice change makers who are busy building much faster and cheaper contract negotiation or conflict resolution procedures, more effective protection mechanisms of citizens' rights or more participative, accountable and transparent decision- and rule-making processes. But in order to make enough impact, effective innovations need to be integrated in existing systems much faster and successful practices need much more exposure around the world.
Over the past 5 years HiiL has led the development of a unique platform that helps unlock the innovation potential in the field of justice. To promote justice innovation across the world, the Justice Accelerator issues Challenge competitions. Justice entrepreneurs are invited to respond to the challenges, introducing new solutions around specific legal topics or social problems.
After an online voting and crowdfunding campaign, expert jury evaluation and local boost camps, the most promising innovations are invited to the Annual Innovating Justice Forum in the Peace Palace. The finalists pitch their justice solution to a wide international audience of potential partners and investors. Moreover, finalists can win up to €100,000 seed-funding per challenge and professional acceleration support in developing their business plan and growth trajectory.
Our justice challenges are organised around focus areas, such as Family Justice, Employment Rights or SME Empowerment. Together with our partners, among which the Ford Foundation, Thomson Reuters, C&A Foundation, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we select and accelerate justice innovations in areas that create most impact and potential for growth. Throughout the process and the years that follow, we continue to track the impact of the investees.
Through the Justice Accelerator, HiiL has empowered more than 300 innovations all over the world during the past five years. These have already impacted the lives of at least 22 million people. Our online community counts over 40.000 members, who represent over 69 countries. The Accelerator has local teams working in The Hague, Lagos, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Kiev.