Blogs

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

  • High speed innovation of employment courts and tribunals

    05 April 2013

    Too many labour cases end up as a lawyer's dream and an employer's nightmare. Employees feel abused and confused by elements of procedures. Labour economists want a system that improves productivity, flexibility, incentives to learn, investments in training and better access to jobs for women and the young. We all want to avoid strikes, having to leave our homes after a dismissal, golden parachutes, seeing a colleague fossilise behind their desk, equality and a great deal of respect.

  • Minimising the social welfare impact of crime

    04 April 2013

    Virtually all criminal justice systems conflate the justice and welfare aspects of crime. Separating the justice and welfare aspects of crime into two ministries is better at both meting out justice and promoting welfare. The end result is a ministry devoted exclusively to the welfare aspects of crime.

  • The low access trap and other challenges for courts

    The low access trap and other challenges for courts 24 March 2013

     In the run up to a Trend Report on the Future of Courts due to appear later this year, HiiL is organisation a series of work sessions in our Justice Innovation Lab. In a new blog to support the Challenges for courts session, we investigate the most urgent challenges reported by court leaders, whom we met during projects and with whom we worked in seminars held in Singapore, San José (Costa Rica), Addis Abeba, Tunis and The Hague.

  • The future of courts

    The future of courts 14 March 2013

    Justice is essential to the well-being of people. Yet all over the world, judges feel the pressures of a changing society. They are faced with ever more challenges, such as bigger workloads, increasingly complex cases, a jungle of rules, budget constraints, citizens demanding fast and affordable justice, pressure from governments and sometimes even outright threats.

  • Private remedies for corruption - tackling corrupt contracts

    Private remedies for corruption - tackling corrupt contracts 12 March 2013

    Bribery is a means to an end and not an end in itself. The bribe and the transaction that results from it are inextricably linked in their genesis. A failing of the criminal law approach is that it insufficiently addresses the transactions that result from acts of bribery.

  • Anonymising court judgments using new technology

    Anonymising court judgments using new technology 07 March 2013

    By means of smart software, based on natural language technology, it is possible to automate the process of anonymising the judgments of a court .