Eight years of justice innovation

Eight years of justice innovation 13 September 2013

HiiL provides advice and research for the justice sector.

On 13 September 2005, HiiL was formally launched by the Dutch Minister of Justice, the Mayor of The Hague, and the President of the National Research Council. From the speech of the then Minister of Justice, Piet Hein Donner:

"I will not use this discourse to formulate great answers; it is precisely because we do not have great answers that my Ministry so strongly encouraged and supported the setting up of this Institute since the initial plans for it were born. In due course I hope and expect to make use of the findings of the different studies that will be carried out by it and to directly tap into the knowledge network that it will establish.

It is my firm belief that it is not just government that will benefit from HIIL; society at large will also benefit. Governments, the private sector, consultants and the educational system will also profit from its work. In the end it is through their activities that the knowledge produced by HIIL-scholars regarding the functioning of national law in an internationalised world will trickle down to society at large by finding its way into better contracting, more effective dispute settlement, more effective legislation, and, more in general, a better understanding of the role of law in the open world of today."

I think it's fair to say that we managed to do that, I thank everybody who has contributed to getting us to where we are now!

Sam Muller,

Director, HiiL


Eight years of providing crucial knowledge to make law work for people and their organisations: