HiiL in action

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

  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & Justice

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & Justice 31 August 2015

    On 11 August, the co-facilitators of the process that had to produce the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) sent a letter to the President of the UN General Assembly that their mission had been accomplished. In diplomatic speak: an outcome document containing a draft of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) had been adopted by consensus. In the diplomatic universe this means that the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives will rubberstamp the document when they meet at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 25-27 September 2015 for the UN’s 70th birthday.

  • Reflecting on Ebola, Trust and Justice in Liberia

    Reflecting on Ebola, Trust and Justice in Liberia 12 August 2015

    Guest blog by Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect for Accountability Lab in Monrovia, Liberia.

    On August 5, nearly 20 community mediators supported by the Accountability Lab joined representatives from civil society, Liberia’s Ministry of Justice, and the United Nations Mission in Liberia to discuss “Informal Justice Interventions in the Time of Ebola”. The event, convened in partnership with the Hague Institute for Internationalisation of Law (HiiL) with additional support from the Friends of Liberia, served as a dual training and reflection session to chart ways forward on how to meld the best aspects of Liberia’s formal justice system with informal legal procedures to ensure that all Liberians are able to access justice.

  • Citizens Justice Emerging

    Citizens Justice Emerging 03 August 2015

    By Sam Muller, CEO HiiL Innovating Justice

    Two weeks ago a new initiative was launched: the Wildlife Justice Commission. It’s a private initiative (with which I mean non-state) that seeks to disrupt criminal networks engaged in wildlife crime. It does so by gathering evidence, having that validated by experts, and bringing the validated evidence to the attention of national law enforcement authorities for action, if need be with a pinch of targeted pressure. In short: it does what looks a lot like law enforcement. 

  • Legal Futures of Singapore

    Legal Futures of Singapore 27 July 2015

    By Sam Muller, CEO HiiL Innovating Justice

    “I go where the puck will be.” Richard Susskind was quoting Wayne Gretski, who responded to the question on whether he was the best ice hockey player ever. Contrary to Gretski, legal systems are going where the puck once was. As Richard put it: they are based on 19th and 20th century models and are no longer fit for purpose.

  • Why is Angela Merkel needed to reform Greek civil procedure?

    Why is Angela Merkel needed to reform Greek civil procedure? 22 July 2015

    By Prof. Dr. Maurits Barendrecht

    The Greeks do not seem to be very disciplined in paying their bills. Small wonder, when you look at their civil justice system, which is due for reform. Today the Greek parliament will vote to change the laws of civil procedure. Getting the civil procedure on track was one of the conditions to the agreement reached with the EU early Monday morning on July 12. This seems to be an odd condition for a bailout. Macroeconomic reforms are okay, but should Europe’s prime ministers interfere with the laws telling Greek citizens how to interact with their judges?

  • Justice Needs & Satisfaction Survey in the Netherlands: Employee dismissal procedures

    Justice Needs & Satisfaction Survey in the Netherlands: Employee dismissal procedures 01 July 2015

    Dismissal procedures are the cause of stress and emotional problems. This is just one of the outcomes from HiiL's Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey conducted by our Measuring Justice team in the Netherlands.