Blogs

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

  • SME Challenge Kickoff in Lagos, Nigeria

    SME Challenge Kickoff in Lagos, Nigeria 17 June 2015

    There is a great opportunity waiting to be seized in Africa. The large number of young professionals in the continent have a huge potential that is waiting to be unlocked. Unfortunately, young entrepreneurs in East and West Africa are often faced with little to no employment opportunities. You can feel the entrepreneurial energy in the air, but starting and growing a business is very difficult in many African countries. That is why, together with the Ford Foundation and the World Economic Forum, HiiL has launched the SME Challenge for East and West Africa.

  • More legal startups to improve access to justice for 40 million people by 2020

    More legal startups to improve access to justice for 40 million people by 2020 11 June 2015

    HiiL’s ambition to provide access to justice to at least 40 million people across the world by 2020 received support at the Innovating Justice Summit held in The Hague on Tuesday, 9 June 2015.

  • Zes Suggesties voor Verbetering van de Toegang tot het Recht

    Zes Suggesties voor Verbetering van de Toegang tot het Recht 29 May 2015

    Op 29 Juni 2015 gaven 24 leiders uit de juridische sector op persoonlijke titel in een uniek advies een gemeenschappelijke visie op de toekomst van de juridische infrastructuur.  

  • Configuring justice

    Configuring justice 01 April 2015

    ‘Responsiveness’ is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking of civil justice systems. In civil law countries like the Netherlands, we follow a lengthy legislative process if we want new rules governing our procedures. Starting with a working group of experts, a lengthy report with proposals, a slimmed down list after consultation with stakeholders, we gradually improve or procedures. There may be good reasons for such, but it does not make the justice sector responsive to justice needs.

  • The impact of the Ebola quarantine on justice and livelihoods in Liberia

    The impact of the Ebola quarantine on justice and livelihoods in Liberia 18 March 2015

    In early August, my community, West Point- the largest and poorest township in Monrovia- was wracked by violence and instability of a kind not seen since the end of our long-running civil war in 2003. In fact, many citizens noted that the War was not nearly as bad as the rebels never showed any interest in West Point- there was never anything to steal.

  • Online legal advice and conflict support: A Dutch experience

    Online legal advice and conflict support: A Dutch experience 16 March 2015

    This report was written by Esmée A. Bickel, Marian A. J. van Dijk, and Dr. Ellen Giebels from Twente University

    In this report we present the first results of a research project on online interventions in legal conflicts. First of all, this report provides an evaluation of the Dutch website Rechtwijzer.nl. Rechtwijzer.nl offers legal aid and assists parties in solving legal conflicts. We also looked at the conflicts and conflict processes of both conflict parties who did and those who did not use Rechtwijzer.