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

  • Innovating Tribunals & Being Open

    24 November 2015

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    Two recent situations have led to calls for international accountability mechanisms. The responses to these calls differ widely. Why is this interesting? They show the potential of a more open justice innovation approach. And the costs of not doing so.

  • SME Empowerment in Action in Lagos

    SME Empowerment in Action in Lagos 16 November 2015

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO; Wilfried de Wever, Head of Justice Accelerator & Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor

    “I have been in business all my life. I started selling chickens by the roadside when I was ten. When I was at school I started a training initiative and later a media company. The media company did not succeed, but it taught me a lot and got me to where I am now. Then I went to law school and now I run mSMEGarage.”

  • Rechtwijzer at the 'Crystal Scales of Justice' Prize Ceremony

    04 November 2015

    By Tsvetelina Mihaylova, Former Product Manager 

    On Friday, 23 October, Executive Director of the Dutch Legal Aid Board, Peter van den Biggelaar, and HiiL Innovating Justice's Product Manager Tsvetelina Mihaylova visited Banja Luka, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, to attend the 2015 'Crystal Scales of Justice' Prize ceremony organised by the Council of Europe’s CEPEJ. Rechtwijzer was nominated for the Prize alongside other innovative initiatives from Scotland, Latvia and Serbia. These initiatives have developed information and communication technologies (ICT) that significantly improve the administration of justice and the functioning of courts.

  • 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?