Dr. Sam Muller
“I am both perplexed why change in the justice sector is so tough and deeply convinced that justice systems can offer much more value than they do now. That’s why I founded HiiL in 2005, after having worked at the forefront of developing the Yugoslav Tribunal and later the International Criminal Court. As a UN and later ICC official I saw the flame of the Middle East peace process gradually go out. I saw the effects of wars in the former Yugoslavia, northern Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These situations show when rules designed to protect human dignity don't work. They're extreme, I know. But I carry them with me always to keep me focused on what matters: effective rule systems that support human dignity, every day, in daily life. The users of the justice system come first. But I also know how institutions, cutting-edge technology, new types of funding, and thinking that is not limited by national boundaries are. Bringing all this together has allowed HiiL to successfully initiate and launch effective new ways of getting justice to people."
Sam Muller is the founding director of HiiL. An international lawyer by training, he now works on justice strategy and innovation, connecting knowledge about needs and what works with justice change processes that make a difference. The clients he has worked for include governments, international businesses and leading civil society organisations. Sam also serves as executive director of the Justice Leadership Foundation and led the team that set up the Wildlife Justice Commission.
Before his work at HiiL he was closely involved in setting up the International Criminal Court and worked for UNRWA, ICTY and Leiden University. He holds a law degree and a doctorate from Leiden University and as published and spoken extensively on various topics, focusing mainly on legal trends and strategy, justice leadership, justice innovation, and international justice issues. He serves on various boards, including the Wildlife Justice Commission, the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, the Hague Academic Coalition, the Hague Institute for Global Justice, and the Dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds. He is active within the WEF where is now a member of the Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy.