2017

  • Towards a Just(ice) Economy: A Short Documentary

    Towards a Just(ice) Economy: A Short Documentary 25 July 2017

    By Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor

    East Africa has a huge informal private sector that drives most of its economic and social development. However, this is staggered by an outdated, complex and corrupt legal and political framework. Uganda is the most entrepreneurial country in the world, and its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME’s) collectively constitute about 90% of private sector production and employ over 2.5 million people. But most small businesses struggle to survive beyond their first years.

  • How Do You Marry This?

    How Do You Marry This? 19 July 2017

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    During a recent drive through crazy Nairobi traffic I learned a few important things about family justice journeys in Kenya. It started with me looking out my window and seeing two women walking uphill, carrying heavy loads on their backs.

  • Just Innovate! Dutch Innovating Justice Events

    Just Innovate! Dutch Innovating Justice Events 13 July 2017

    By Sandra van der Pal, Justice Accelerator Team

    HiiL Justice Accelerator has been fairly active during the month of June. What issues has it managed to address through its activities?

  • Legal Alarm: Innovating Justice in Ukraine and Beyond

    Legal Alarm: Innovating Justice in Ukraine and Beyond 04 July 2017

    By Nat√°lia Centkov√°, Communications Intern

    HiiL Justice Accelerator supports on a yearly basis innovations that foster faster conflict resolution and secure rights of citizens in legal systems all over the world. Legal Alarm, one of the winners of the last year's Innovating Justice Challenge, falls with its efforts in the category of innovations proving legal information whereby it creates rights awareness and secures access to justice for people who normally would be left helpless.

  • Rechtwijzer: Why Online Supported Dispute Resolution Is Hard to Implement

    Rechtwijzer: Why Online Supported Dispute Resolution Is Hard to Implement 21 June 2017

    By Maurits Barendrecht, Research Director

    In March 2017, HiiL, Modria and the Raad voor Rechtsbijstand (the Dutch legal aid board) announced that their cooperation around the Rechtwijzer platform had ended. What happened to this ‘revolutionary’ online justice platform and what are the lessons? This is an edited version of a paper exploring different theories: it was prepared for a conference of the International Legal Aid Group in June 2017.

  • Redesign

    Redesign 29 May 2017

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    Not only do we need to redesign justice systems, we also need to re-design our justice system design systems. Why? Many users of most justice systems are not getting what they could. Moreover, technology and science are changing societies at such speeds that our current factories for making the rules and mechanisms that get justice to citizens can’t keep up. Doing this is tough. It gets in the way of a lot of vested interests, engrained beliefs, lauded legal concepts, and embedded cultures.