Blogs

The latest news and updates from our bloggers, projects and publications.

  • The Family Justice Catalogue will be your guide to family law in Uganda

    The Family Justice Catalogue will be your guide to family law in Uganda 25 July 2018

    By Tim Verheij, Justice Sector Advisor

  • The Chief Innovation Officer of a Ministry of Justice

    The Chief Innovation Officer of a Ministry of Justice 24 July 2018

    By Sam Muller, CEO

    I was in the United Arab Emirates recently to talk to assistant minister of justice Abdulla Al-Majid. He is, as far as I know, the only person of that rank in any ministry of justice who carries the title chief innovation officer. That is a worrying conclusion. Data tells us that justice systems all over the world are underperforming. We also see that they are not solving the problem with more ‘business as usual’. So why aren’t there more of his kind?

  • The Global Access to Justice Goal

    The Global Access to Justice Goal 20 June 2018

    By Sam Muller, CEO

    We all need relationships with others to love, to be safe, to earn a living, to learn, to plan, and to be healthy and happy. Because we are human, these relationships can sometimes deteriorate or even break down. That’s when we need a good relationship management system. Which is what a good justice system should be and that’s why access to justice is so terribly important. We must therefore be thankful that 193 heads of government adopted Sustainable Development Target 16.3 in 2015: to ensure equal access to justice for all.

  • Measuring Justice in Mali: The Second Wave

    Measuring Justice in Mali: The Second Wave 22 May 2018

    By Grace Ellis, Measuring Justice Intern

    Throughout May and June, we are interviewing over 9,000 people in Mali about their encounters with legal problems in everyday life. This is part of HiiL’s collaboration with Mali’s Ministry of Justice as we work together on the second wave of the Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey. The interview data will show the most serious and prevalent justice problems in Mali, what people do to resolve their problems and how they assess these paths to justice in terms of fairness, quality and costs.

  • Access to justice in Bangladesh – Challenges and the potential for regional leadership

    Access to justice in Bangladesh – Challenges and the potential for regional leadership 16 May 2018

    By Martijn Kind, Quantitative Justice Data Analyst

    On Wednesday the 9th of May 2018, HiiL, in close cooperation with BRAC Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, launched its ‘Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Bangladesh’ report. The event was broadly attended by active members of civil society and generously chaired by the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Kazi Reazul Hoque. The report pinpoints areas of improvement for access to justice in Bangladesh and can serve as a benchmark for policy makers.

  • How innovators are developing a para-mediator network to settle civil disputes in Northern Uganda

    How innovators are developing a para-mediator network to settle civil disputes in Northern Uganda 25 April 2018

    By Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor

    In the small town of Arua, right next to the DRC border, a few entrepreneurial lawyers have set up an independent mediation center to deal with the increasing number of land disputes that flood the Courts of Law. With two accredited mediators, two legal clerks, one lawyer and one operations manager, the small cemented house along the main road appears like a mini court of itself – only that it feels more intimate and welcoming. I wonder how much easier it must be for, say, a single mother of three who is defending her plot of land to simply enter the modest building to find a place where she can discuss her legal problems as one would with a friend. As opposed to facing a row of judges sitting on a raised wooden bench in the search of justice, which one speaks to most people more?