Insights

The latest from the Innovating Justice Forum, our bloggers, our projects and our publications. Selected to have impact on the way you work.

  • Latin America: a key partner for Justice Innovation

    16 September 2014

    One of the most valuable experiences during my internship at HiiL was the exposure to innovations and desire to pioneer solutions for improving access to justice. This made me realise the significance of what is happening in Latin America in terms of justice innovation.

  • Innovating Justice Awards 2014: online voting in full swing!

    Innovating Justice Awards 2014: online voting in full swing! 12 September 2014

    At HiiL Innovating Justice, we come 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 citizen’s rights or more participative, accountable and transparent governments. And that’s the kind of innovation we encourage with our annual Innovating Justice Awards.

  • Buckle up! What seat belts can tell us about the rule of law

    Buckle up! What seat belts can tell us about the rule of law 28 August 2014

    Taxis don't speak but they can tell us a lot about a country and its spirit. In Bamako, the capital of Mali, your usual taxi is a 1980s Mercedes. Their shabby looks, grungy radios, funny engine sounds and uncanny odours are revealing about the creativity of Malian taxi drivers and mechanics. One particular feature of driving in Mali is that very few drivers, if any, wear seat belts. Although it is compulsory by law, traffic police officers do not seem to be particularly bothered.

  • Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey in Mali: from Data to Action

    Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey in Mali: from Data to Action 26 August 2014

    “Normally it is us who judge. This time the citizens judged us.”

    With those words the secretary-general of the ministry of justice of Mali closed an intensive two-day meeting about the draft overview report of HiiL’s latest Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey. Almost the entire justice leadership of Mali was there: presidents of jurisdictions, ministry directorates, prosecutors, the médiateur du république, civil society leaders, and the bar association. The final report will be available by the end of September.

  • Exploring Innovation Inside the Eurobubble

    Exploring Innovation Inside the Eurobubble 19 August 2014

    On the first Sunday of August I stepped out of the Eurobubble. From March to July I worked for the European Commission as a Blue Book Trainee. Life inside the European institutions, inside the Eurobubble, is like a small village, a university campus inside the bigger city of Brussels, where you run into people you know, wherever you go. Especially as a trainee, where you are part of a very close-knit group of more than 600 people.

  • London’s pioneering Family Drug and Alcohol Court keeps more families together

    London’s pioneering Family Drug and Alcohol Court keeps more families together 05 August 2014

    London’s Family Drug and Alcohol Court has pioneered a new way of supporting substance-misusing parents and keeping families together. Its success tells us some important things about how we improve our social services. This successful justice innovation offers lessons to others who are trying to introduce new ways of working.