2014

  • Justice challenges and opportunities: The voices of 3000 Yemenis

    Justice challenges and opportunities: The voices of 3000 Yemenis 07 July 2014

    Yemenis face many justice problems. More than 90% experienced one or more justice problems in the previous 4 years. Crime (mainly theft and violence), neighbourhood disputes, and land disputes rank amongst the most frequently occurring ones. The paths to justice in Yemen are long, windy, and have many dead ends. A little over 20% do nothing to solve their justice needs; they feel it is not worth it to try and that the other, more powerful party will win anyway. At the same time: the capacity to deal with justice problems within one’s own community is impressive and can be built on. Sheiks are seen as cost effective neutrals, but courts provide fairer and more effective outcomes.

  • Online dispute resolution: Moving beyond fast, fair and efficient

    Online dispute resolution: Moving beyond fast, fair and efficient 01 July 2014

    The field of ODR has matured. That much became clear during the ODR 2014 conference in San Francisco and Palo Alto last week. The line up included names like Mitch Kapor, Charley Moore (founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer), Kent Walker (General Counsel of Google), Jim Silkenat (President of the ABA), Geoff Brigham (General Counsel of Wikimedia) and many more. Topics they covered ranged from reputation and trust issues for businesses to IP and privacy issues and the use of IT in government. Indeed, the term ODR is linked to a broad range of topics.

  • The need for justice incubators

    26 June 2014

    Incubators are in. Google the word and you will see. An incubator helps starting entrepreneurs further develop and scale-up innovative ideas. Incubators started in the for-profit world, but with social entrepreneurship on the rise, they are also moving into that area.