Blogs

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

  • Menselijk en rechtvaardig: Is de rechtsstaat er voor de burger?

    Menselijk en rechtvaardig: Is de rechtsstaat er voor de burger? 03 May 2017

    By Maurits Barendrecht, Research Director

    Burgers steunen het idee van de rechtsstaat volmondig. Maar bij mensen die een beroep op de rechtsstaat deden, overheerst onvrede. Dat is te begrijpen. Ons rechtssysteem is kostbaar, levert niet wat mensen nodig hebben, en is soms ronduit schadelijk. Dat ligt niet aan de spelers, maar aan het spel en strakke, sterk verouderde spelregels. De kennis en technologie om dat te verbeteren liggen klaar.

    Maar de juridische infrastructuur zit muurvast. Rechtvaardigheid moet de ruimte krijgen, juist nu. HiiL pleit voor drastische innovatie van de juridische infrastructuur, gericht op tien routes die voor de burger het belangrijkste zijn.

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  • HiiL Offers up to 20,000 EUR Plus Business Support for Justice Innovators

    HiiL Offers up to 20,000 EUR Plus Business Support for Justice Innovators 25 April 2017

    By Connor Sattely, Business Accelerator Agent

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    Innovators working on justice and legal issues worldwide can apply for up to 20,000 EUR in equity-free grant money as part of the HiiL Justice Accelerator’s Innovating Justice Challenge.

    The Call for Applications, which opened March 1 and remains open until June 30, encourages two types of application: first, startups with an idea and team may apply for funding in the Call for Innovations; second, individuals without a team or idea can apply for the Call for Talent.

  • Legal Legends: Platform that fills in the gaps in South African legal system for start-ups

    Legal Legends: Platform that fills in the gaps in South African legal system for start-ups 17 March 2017

    By Natália Centková & Katie Davis, Communications Interns

    With the technological dawn the avenues, through which citizens seek conflict resolution, have developed accordingly. Part of this movement is also the e-commerce website, Legal Legends, which provides legal services for entrepreneurs and small start-ups in Africa. Kyle Torrington, one of its founders, explains that they bring a far more quirky, and far more approachable take on legal services and provide start-ups with a legal help, as the high rates set by regular practitioners are rather discouraging. So how well does this initiative fit into this new approach to the provision of legal services?

  • The Belt Challenge and the Need for a Think

    The Belt Challenge and the Need for a Think 16 March 2017

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    This will be a bit of an odd column: I’m going to talk international relations. Yes – I know I am a lawyer and not a foreign policy wonk. But I am worried about Europe. No, I don’t mean Brexit, Greek debts, or German, French and Dutch elections. A much bigger challenge lies more to the South, below Italy’s boot. I call that challenge the Belt. It’s a bit of a crude word, because it gives the impression that it’s a single challenge. It’s not. Justice is a large part of it.

  • Ufulu Wanga: Ending Violence against Women in Malawi Through Smart Innovation

    Ufulu Wanga: Ending Violence against Women in Malawi Through Smart Innovation 27 February 2017

    By Katie Davis, Communications Intern

    Eve is one of the coordinators of Ufulu Wanga’s daily activities. She brings her experience and research into the social development and human rights issues in Malawi, to deconstruct the justice issues women in particular face. Ufulu Wanga means ‘my rights’ or ‘my freedom’. I interviewed Eve about this justice startups’ vision and enterprise model.

  • Tunisians’ Justice Needs and Satisfaction Voiced in Data Triangulation Session

    Tunisians’ Justice Needs and Satisfaction Voiced in Data Triangulation Session 24 February 2017

    By Nicoleta Balau, Justice Sector Advisor

    This year, on February 7th in Tunis, HiiL gathered judicial experts, judges, lawyers, academics and representatives of civil society, to dive deep into priority categories of legal problems faced by Tunisians. The sessions’ aim was to present and discuss the findings of the Justice Needs and Satisfaction (JNS) survey HiiL conducted at the end of last year.