Blogs

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

  • Update on Living Wage Innovation Challenge 2014

    Update on Living Wage Innovation Challenge 2014 03 June 2014

    HiiL’s 2014 Innovating Justice Awards and Living Wage Innovation Challenge are well underway! Here is a short summary of the nominations we have so far.

  • Legal aid in Europe

    Legal aid in Europe 22 May 2014

    HiiL published a report comparing legal aid systems in nine countries: France, Germany, Belgium, England & Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, the Netherlands and Finland. The report has been produced for the research institute of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice (WODC). The report was sent to Dutch parliament on May 20, 2014, in order to inform the debate on legal aid reform. It also investigates the minimum requirements for state-financed legal aid under the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and from case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

  • That elusive thing called justice leadership

    That elusive thing called justice leadership 22 May 2014

    In February we brought together a group of seven justice leaders from different parts of the world for two days; men and women who are leading or who have led impressive justice change in their countries, against many odds (the final report of that meeting is being finalized as I write). Their shared experiences drove home a number of important insights about the specific challenges of leadership in the justice sector.

  • Geography of justice

    21 May 2014

    As we already reported in April (see this blog post), HiiL is conducting perhaps the largest justice research ever undertaken in Mali. Our clients, the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Union, are also doing something new: putting more emphasis on using knowledge about justice needs and fairness achieved of citizens as a foundation for rule of law programming.

  • Legal empowerment improves lives, according to a review of 199 studies

    Legal empowerment improves lives, according to a review of 199 studies 20 May 2014

    Do people benefit from having a community justice centre nearby? What type of legal aid works best for family and land disputes? What is the effect of public interest litigation on well-being in poor communities? In times of cuts in budgets for public justice sector services and development aid, both practitioners and policymakers are on the lookout for what works. Laura Goodwin and Vivek Maru of Namati made a huge contribution to the evidence base by doing a careful review of 199 evaluation studies.

  • Reflecting on 2013 and looking ahead to 2014

    Reflecting on 2013 and looking ahead to 2014 06 May 2014

    The completion of our annual report and financial audit 2013, presents a good time to look back and reflect on the achievements of last year.