Justice Sector Advisor
I am passionate about participatory research and conflict resolution processes that empower people to design their own justice solutions. My experiences have taught me that “those closest to the problem are closest to the solution.”
Isabella Banks is a Justice Sector Advisor at the The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL). She conducts qualitative, people-centered research focused on identifying evidence-based practices in dispute resolution and criminal justice. Isabella also co-authors HiiL’s annual SDG 16.3 trend reports, which explore how innovations that increase access to justice can be programmed, financed and brought to scale.
After studying social science in the US, Isabella spent a year independently researching restorative justice practices in nine countries as part of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. She later worked at the Center for Court Innovation in New York, where she helped coordinate national and international criminal justice reform projects. In 2018, she moved to the Netherlands to complete a master’s in International Crimes, Conflict, and Criminology at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam as a Fulbright scholar.
Isabella loves learning about different cultures and welcomes any opportunity to discover new ways of life – whether through eating, reading, traveling, or just asking questions.
+31 (0) 70 762 0700