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  • 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.

  • The need for justice incubators

    26 June 2014

    Incubators are in. Google the word and you will see. An incubator helps starting entrepreneurs further develop and scale-up innovative ideas. Incubators started in the for-profit world, but with social entrepreneurship on the rise, they are also moving into that area.

  • Latest nominations for the 2014 Living Wage Innovation Challenge and Innovating Justice Awards

    Latest nominations for the 2014 Living Wage Innovation Challenge and Innovating Justice Awards 23 June 2014

    HiiL’s 2014 Innovating Justice Awards and Living Wage Innovation Challenge are going strong! Here is a short summary of the latest nominations.