HiiL in action

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

  • Configuring justice

    Configuring justice 01 April 2015

    ‘Responsiveness’ is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking of civil justice systems. In civil law countries like the Netherlands, we follow a lengthy legislative process if we want new rules governing our procedures. Starting with a working group of experts, a lengthy report with proposals, a slimmed down list after consultation with stakeholders, we gradually improve or procedures. There may be good reasons for such, but it does not make the justice sector responsive to justice needs.

  • The impact of the Ebola quarantine on justice and livelihoods in Liberia

    The impact of the Ebola quarantine on justice and livelihoods in Liberia 18 March 2015

    In early August, my community, West Point- the largest and poorest township in Monrovia- was wracked by violence and instability of a kind not seen since the end of our long-running civil war in 2003. In fact, many citizens noted that the War was not nearly as bad as the rebels never showed any interest in West Point- there was never anything to steal.

  • Online legal advice and conflict support: A Dutch experience

    Online legal advice and conflict support: A Dutch experience 16 March 2015

    This report was written by Esmée A. Bickel, Marian A. J. van Dijk, and Dr. Ellen Giebels from Twente University

    In this report we present the first results of a research project on online interventions in legal conflicts. First of all, this report provides an evaluation of the Dutch website Rechtwijzer.nl. Rechtwijzer.nl offers legal aid and assists parties in solving legal conflicts. We also looked at the conflicts and conflict processes of both conflict parties who did and those who did not use Rechtwijzer.

  • Community mediation in Liberia: Ebola, child welfare and building trust

    Community mediation in Liberia: Ebola, child welfare and building trust 26 February 2015

    In late July last year, my organization, the Citizens Bureau for Development and Productivity (Citizens Bureau) formally launched a community mediation program in Logan Town, Monrovia. With technical support from the Accountability Lab (a local NGO) and seed-funding from Trust Africa (a pan-African grantmaker) we had very high hopes. Packed in a hot, unlighted church for the launch event were civil society representatives, government officials, and personnel of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

  • Onwards and upwards! Where are the winners of the IJ Awards 2014 now?

    Onwards and upwards! Where are the winners of the IJ Awards 2014 now? 25 February 2015

    On 26 November 2014, five winners of the Innovating Justice Awards went home with a total of €160.000 in seed-investments to kickstart their projects. In this blog, we look at the progress of JUST, WageIndicator Foundation and Accountability Lab, and learn more about their next steps.

  • First real contact with Rechtwijzer 2.0

    First real contact with Rechtwijzer 2.0 25 February 2015

    Over the past couple of months, a number of early adopters have started to organise their divorce plan on the renewed Rechtwijzer. This yields extremely useful feedback to improve this minimum viable product.