Justice innovators are everywhere, have you seen one?

2019 is the year of justice innovation: join us now in our mission to improve access to justice for millions of people. Just how we go about that is by finding and supporting the best justice innovations in a region or country.

How it works.
Our mission and Big Hairy Audacious Goal.

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is pleased to announce that our Innovating Justice Challenge 2019 is now open for applications.

We are looking for justice innovators from East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and MENA region. We look for the best innovations with a focus on preventing or resolving a justice problem for many people, including small and medium-sized businesses.

By the best, we mean innovations that have the potential to become financially sustainable and scale nation-wide or globally, are already showing measurable impact and are led by a motivated, focused team driven to make a change.

Criteria on what the “best” justice innovation means.

We scout the next generation of promising justice innovators to improve access to justice for millions of people

HiiL’s Justice Accelerator is looking for promising new justice innovations to prevent or resolve the most pressing justice needs. Between 3 June and 15 August, justice innovators can apply for the Innovating Justice Challenge. The Call for Applications closes at 24.00 Central European Time on 15 August 2019. The forms are all online here. *Note that innovations from all regions use the same form link, except innovations from Ukraine.

It is a fun process where you will grow individually and as an organisation and forge the best memories. Up to 20 regional finalists will be chosen from respective regions, all of whom will be invited to take part in up to a week-long programme of business development specifically designed to support innovations looking to create impact in access to justice. These finalists will then pitch to a jury made up of local and international specialists in Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala and Johannesburg.

The best innovators will then be invited to join our Justice Accelerator programme. If the innovator shows significant growth, they can win up to 20,000 EUR in seed-funding, business development support, access to a global network, potential further investment opportunities and international exposure for their innovation, including the chance to participate in the Justice Entrepreneurship School and the Innovating Justice Forum in The Hague in February 2020.

The Peace Palace in The Hague (The Netherlands) is home to a number of international judicial institutions, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or World Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the Innovating Justice Forum powered by HiiL.

Who are we? We are the only accelerator that focuses on preventing and resolving justice problems. Our mission is that by 2030, 150 million people will be able to prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems. We look for innovations that can grow and scale to impact thousands and potentially millions of people. HiiL has supported more than 60 justice innovations worldwide since 2011. Some of those have become big, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

The team that bought you the Innovating Justice Forum 2019.

The data we collect reveals 60% of justice problems fall into these five categories: Crime, Land, Family, Neighbours and Employment. In other areas we learn different areas that need innovation: Kenya – Crime, Nigeria – Money, Tunisia – Employment. But any justice innovation that matches with a prevalent pressing justice need are welcome to apply.

See our trend report the Elephant in the Courtroom for more details.

For more information visit our data reports on justice problems on our website (projects) and search by region or country.

To submit an application, please visit www.hiil.org/justinnovate.
Remember! Applications closes at midnight Central European Time on 15 August 2019.

Questions from the media: communications@hiil.org or erwin.tuil@hiil.org
Other questions: innovatingjusticeforum@hiil.org
Social media: #JustInnovate19

Join us for the launch of the Innovating Justice Challenge 2019:
Johannesburg, 3 June Past.
Harare, 11 June https://hr-ijc2019.eventbrite.co.uk
Cape Town, 12 June https://ct-ijc2019.eventbrite.co.uk
Tunisia, TBA!
Somaliland, TBA!

User friendly justice possible in partnership with …

We are supported by the Dutch Postcode Lottery to run the Justice Innovation programme In Southern Africa.

We are supported in East, West and North Africa by our partners the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to run the Justice Innovation programme.

The Swedish International Development Agency support our Justice Innovation programme in Uganda.

Where are we from? HiiL is a social enterprise based in The Hague, The Netherlands. We are the friendly rebels of the justice world, dedicated to user-friendly justice. That means justice that is easy to access, easy to understand and affordable for everyone. Since 2011, we look for innovations that provide legal information, legal services or dispute resolution. Innovations we have supported in the past include a mobile app informing people of their employment rights, a website with automated contracts for SMEs, a mobile application to anonymously report a crime, or a website explaining how to purchase and transfer land titles. So apply now and start your justice acceleration journey.