Justice Accelerator

  • How innovators are developing a para-mediator network to settle civil disputes in Northern Uganda

    How innovators are developing a para-mediator network to settle civil disputes in Northern Uganda 25 April 2018

    By Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor

    In the small town of Arua, right next to the DRC border, a few entrepreneurial lawyers have set up an independent mediation center to deal with the increasing number of land disputes that flood the Courts of Law. With two accredited mediators, two legal clerks, one lawyer and one operations manager, the small cemented house along the main road appears like a mini court of itself – only that it feels more intimate and welcoming. I wonder how much easier it must be for, say, a single mother of three who is defending her plot of land to simply enter the modest building to find a place where she can discuss her legal problems as one would with a friend. As opposed to facing a row of judges sitting on a raised wooden bench in the search of justice, which one speaks to most people more?

  • 6 Recommendations for Working with the Public Sector when Innovating Justice

    6 Recommendations for Working with the Public Sector when Innovating Justice 12 January 2018

    By Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor


    Being a justice entrepreneur is not easy. By trying to prevent or resolve the most pressing justice needs, you may be doing the government’s job or trying to assist it. You need to choose your battles: are you trying to have citizens choose your disruptive solution over existing ones? Or are you convincing the government they need to partner with you? And most importantly, is it possible to create deep impact on access to justice, if you don’t work with the existing justice providers?

  • Innovating Justice Forum 2017

    Innovating Justice Forum 2017 11 December 2017

    By Rachel Meagher, Communications Intern.

    On December 7th 2017, HiiL hosted the Innovating Justice Forum in the Peace Palace. After months of preparation, the all-day event saw the brightest minds in justice innovation gather for a day of skill sessions workshops and panels of expert justice leaders - all relating to 2017’s theme of breaking barriers to justice innovation.

  • Meet the African lawyers bringing accessible justice and law to 50 million Africans by 2030

    Meet the African lawyers bringing accessible justice and law to 50 million Africans by 2030 27 November 2017

    By Connor Sattely, Business Accelerator Agent


    Tucked away in a small side road in central Kampala lies a white, two-story building with a dozen lawyers crammed inside. But this is no traditional law firm - this is Barefoot Law. These lawyers each stared down a career of public prosecutorial work, private law work, or politics and chose a different path: using their talents and their love for technology to make access to justice and the law readily available to 50 million people in Africa by 2030.

  • Innovating Justice Forum 2017 - 3 weeks to go!

    Innovating Justice Forum 2017 - 3 weeks to go! 24 November 2017

    By Rachel Meagher, Communications Intern.

    Less than one month to go until the 8th Innovating Justice Forum! This year on December 7th, the greatest minds in law, entrepreneurship, big data and more are coming together in the Peace Palace to discuss how to break barriers to justice innovation. Will you be one of them?

  • What are HiiL Boostcamps? Explaining the IJ Challenge Process

    What are HiiL Boostcamps? Explaining the IJ Challenge Process 16 October 2017

    By Rachel Meagher, Communications Intern

    In the past month at HiiL, there has been a lot of activity surrounding our Boostcamps. These are events where chosen applications of the Innovating Justice Challenge pitch in front of local expert juries, and innovators are chosen to attend the Innovating Justice Forum in December, here in The Hague. These Boostcamps are an exciting, important step in the challenge, and are a crucial element of HiiL’s work.