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

  • Dispute System Innovation at Stormont

    29 September 2015

    By Maurits Barendrecht, Research Director 

    I woke up several times during my night at the Europa hotel in Belfast. Perhaps their marketing as "the most bombed hotel in the world" hit me subconsciously. Most likely it was the avalanche of experiences around the innovation workshop hosted by the Committee for Justice of the Northern Ireland Parliamentary Assembly.

  • New Beginnings in Technology for Justice

    New Beginnings in Technology for Justice 17 September 2015

    By Jin Ho Verdonschot, Former Head of Justice Technology 

    “In three months, my ex partner and I developed a divorce and separation plan that we both felt comfortable with. We really cooperated when drafting it, and got help from the tailored model solutions and self-help tools. It may sound weird, but we felt proud of this accomplishment. When we submitted it to the lawyer for review, she said that the plan was well-balanced and fair. Then she told us that she would have to rewrite everything again, translating it into difficult legal language because otherwise the judge would not understand it.” These are the words of one of the users of the Rechtwijzer Divorce Platform, whom we will call “Rachel”.

  • De rechtvaardigheid van scheidingsprocedures

    De rechtvaardigheid van scheidingsprocedures 08 September 2015

    Vechtscheidingen, in extreme gevallen eindigend in familiedrama’s, krijgen veel aandacht in de media. Maar de impact van iedere scheiding is groot. Een scheiding betekent het beĆ«indigen van de belangrijkste economische en emotionele relatie waarin mensen plegen te investeren. Hoe ervaren mensen een scheidingsprocedure? Hoe rechtvaardig vinden zij de gang van zaken en de uitkomsten? En slaagt de samenleving erin om de negatieve gevolgen van scheiding te beperken?

  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & Justice

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & Justice 31 August 2015

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    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, HiiL CEO

    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.