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  • London’s pioneering Family Drug and Alcohol Court keeps more families together

    London’s pioneering Family Drug and Alcohol Court keeps more families together 05 August 2014

    London’s Family Drug and Alcohol Court has pioneered a new way of supporting substance-misusing parents and keeping families together. Its success tells us some important things about how we improve our social services. This successful justice innovation offers lessons to others who are trying to introduce new ways of working.

  • Innovating Justice Awards 2014: online voting in full swing!

    Innovating Justice Awards 2014: online voting in full swing! 01 August 2014

    At HiiL Innovating Justice, we come across hundreds of practical justice solutions every year that can really make a difference: justice change makers who are busy building much faster and cheaper contract negotiation or conflict resolution procedures, more effective protection mechanisms of citizen’s rights or more participative, accountable and transparent governments. And that’s the kind of innovation we encourage with our annual Innovating Justice Awards.

  • An independent Scotland: what it could mean for Justice Innovation

    An independent Scotland: what it could mean for Justice Innovation 01 August 2014

    I am Scottish. Although born in England, from the ages of 7 to 26 I lived in Scotland, and I identify myself as Scottish (as well as British and European). It will be no surprise then that the referendum being held on Scottish Independence on the 18th of September is of huge importance to me.

  • Legal services: an inefficient market that screams innovation

    Legal services: an inefficient market that screams innovation 15 July 2014

    The legal services market is highly inefficient, if not dysfunctional. Existing rules are keeping it that way. New insights into how this market works and the innovation potential that comes with the IT revolution are poised to change this. The first movers are taking their positions. It is difficult to imagine that things will stay as they are much longer.

    These were some of the points that were discussed during HiiL’s Open Lab Session on Monday, July 7 with Gillian Hadfield. The audience included most of the key decision makers on legal innovation in The Netherlands.

  • Justice challenges and opportunities: The voices of 3000 Yemenis

    Justice challenges and opportunities: The voices of 3000 Yemenis 07 July 2014

    Yemenis face many justice problems. More than 90% experienced one or more justice problems in the previous 4 years. Crime (mainly theft and violence), neighbourhood disputes, and land disputes rank amongst the most frequently occurring ones. The paths to justice in Yemen are long, windy, and have many dead ends. A little over 20% do nothing to solve their justice needs; they feel it is not worth it to try and that the other, more powerful party will win anyway. At the same time: the capacity to deal with justice problems within one’s own community is impressive and can be built on. Sheiks are seen as cost effective neutrals, but courts provide fairer and more effective outcomes.

  • Online dispute resolution: Moving beyond fast, fair and efficient

    Online dispute resolution: Moving beyond fast, fair and efficient 01 July 2014

    The field of ODR has matured. That much became clear during the ODR 2014 conference in San Francisco and Palo Alto last week. The line up included names like Mitch Kapor, Charley Moore (founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer), Kent Walker (General Counsel of Google), Jim Silkenat (President of the ABA), Geoff Brigham (General Counsel of Wikimedia) and many more. Topics they covered ranged from reputation and trust issues for businesses to IP and privacy issues and the use of IT in government. Indeed, the term ODR is linked to a broad range of topics.