Supporting Justice Innovations

The Fast-Lane Of Innovation

After thousands of years of outdated justice, we think it’s about time we speed things up. Welcome to the Justice Accelerator. We find, and support the best justice innovations in a region or country.

Justice innovations make systems faster. They help people protect themselves and help to resolve disputes. They provide new ways to prevent and resolve pressing justice needs.

A yearly, global search finds the best justice innovations to support. Those who win may get invitations to the Justice Entrepreneurship School, seed money, workshops, and support from experienced mentors. Expect hard work and amazing results. And since we are user-friendly, we always have some fun on the way. Improving the world is easier with a smile, don’t you think?

For partners

Do you want to set up a programme to work on employment, SME empowerment, or family justice? Get in touch to find out how we can accomplish your programme’s goals.

For innovators

Are you creating the next great justice innovation? Check out what we offer you and your startup, and how we can help you bring your idea to scale.

Currently we support the following innovations

Every year hundreds of the world’s best ideas and projects in justice innovation apply to the HiiL Justice Accelerator. Do you want to see which justice start-ups are currently innovating in your region?

TransGov

Ghana / Legal Information

TransGov collects, analyses, archives, and disseminates user-friendly data on the state of development projects and service delivery in Ghana. In doing so, it increases citizen participation, promotes social accountability, and prevents corruption at government institutions. TransGov presents information, including legal information, in lay language and in local languages.

Stand to End Rape

Nigeria / Sexual Violence

STER, founded by a woman, advocates against sexual violence and supports survivors with pro bono legal and psychosocial services. STER aims to close the wide gap between case reporting and prosecution/conviction of sexual violence offenders.

Mamamoni

Nigeria / Financial Literacy

Mamamoni is a peer to peer lending platform for women entrepreneurs in rural and urban slums. It provides financial literacy training and empowers women to become financially independent, which in turn reduces their vulnerability to violence from their spouses or others.

IVERIFY

Nigeria / Verification Services

Iverify, founded by a woman entrepreneur, provides verification services, and in doing so, prevents fraud. Examples of verification services include, identity verification, background checks on new hires, verifying the authenticity of property documents, as well as verification of certificate and documents in business relationships.

LawBasket

Nigeria / Crowdfunding

Donate-Ng is a platform that hosts verified crowdfunding campaigns for social causes. At the same time, it works specifically with lawyers and legal aid institutions to support crowdfunding for legal representation.

Curacel

Nigeria / Fraud Detection for insurance

Curacel is a claims automation and fraud detection platform for insurance, currently focused on health insurance. The solution also prevents insurance companies from unfairly rejecting claims, and further enforces the insurance contract.

Legal4ASM

Zimbabwe / Legal information

Legal4ASM specifically addresses the justice needs of small-scale miners (ASM) by providing them with legal services, which include law clinics and legal phone service.  

OwnedBy

South Africa / Theft protection

OwnedBy’s service helps to reunite victims of robbery with their goods, by keeping a secure digital record of belongings that can be cross-referenced by police or those buying second hand goods. In working with the police, it allows the found items to easily be traced to the owner. 

LUMA Law

South Africa / Legal information

The LUMA Law chatbot helps thousands of workers navigate the ins and outs of employment law and family law. The chatbot provides access to simplified and practical information on the law, its processes and producers. Additionally, LUMA Law connects people to affordable legal assistance by lawyers, when needed.

Lenoma Legal

South Africa / Legal document automation

Lenoma Legal is a DIY service for document automation, tailored for the small businesses building the South African economy. It provides an easy-to-use platform for creating and purchasing contracts, with the support from a legal team, when needed. 

Pop.Law

South Africa / Legal information

Pop.law provides access to affordable legal services using online face-to-face help using ubiquitous platforms, such as Whatsapp. 

Kaoun

Tunisia / Document Legalisation

Kaoun provides help in the process of legalisation of documents through a legalised signature service for the underserved and unbanked (particularly those in rural areas) who struggle to access financial and e-government services. 

Juridoc

Tunisia / Legal database

Juridoc provides rare access to documents that are hardly available online, and includes an interactive documentary base of regulatory texts in the subfields of law,

African Legal Factory

Morocco / Legal advice

African Legal Factory connects the startups to lawyers who assist them with legal documents. They also provide online legal training (on IP law and fundraising). 

Syndic Digital

Tunisia / Neighbourhood security

Syndic addresses neighbour issues and prevents conflict amongst neighbours living in building complexes. It is a tool to manage buildings with transparency. 

Peleza

Kenya / Background checks

Peleza conducts employment background checks, verifying information such as employment history, identify, criminal records and education. Peleza prevents fraud and potential occurrence of legal issues after the hiring of new employees.

Utatuzi Center

Kenya / Dispute resolution

Utatuzi is a tech-powered Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) solution for SMEs. Along with the online platform, customers are connected to trained practitioners. 

Kakuma Ventures

Kenya / Legal entrepreneurship

Kakuma Ventures targets refugee camp residents who have potential for establishing their own SMEs and employing other camp residents. It provides the young entrepreneurs with loans, technical knowledge and legal services needed to navigate the complexities of running a business at the refugee camp. 

Exuus

Rwanda / Legal representation

Exuus addresses the need for legal representation for saving groups, who are often informal schemes and lack legal representation when issues such as theft or misappropriation occur.

Pravoman

Ukraine / Legal information

The Pravoman includes a comprehensive chatbot that provides free basic consultation on 100 different topics. It also provides customers with 40 different types of documents at a small fee. 

Lawyerd

Ukraine / Legal claims

Lawyerd is an automatic claiming platform addresses the specific need of SMEs to protect their Intellectual Property (IP) rights and if needed, take legal action. 

List of innovators supported each year

AirLaw.Pro (Ukraine): the first proactive claim service on the market. AI-powered solution increases customer satisfaction and delivers relevant social impact affecting millions of air travellers every year

rAInbow (South Africa): a digital companion designed to reach millions affected by abusive and controlling relationships. It helps users identify signs of abuse and offers support in a non-judgmental way.

For the children’s sake (South Africa): offers families embroiled in litigation, free mediation services at court, to resolve their dispute in the best interests of the children.

Schoeman Law Inc (South Africa): Using document automation technology presented as a web-based application, entrepreneurs can build their own agreements in just a few minutes at less than 10% of the usual cost.

LawBasket (Zimbabwe) integrates general-insurance with add-on legal protection insurance and mitigates legal risk by instantly delivering legal services through an online platform of freelance lawyers worldwide.

Liliane (Benin): provides legal advice to Beninoise citizens particularly entrepreneurs via a conversational mobile bot.

Appruve (Ghana) is a financial identity infrastructure that enables financial services to verify and onboard the identities of individuals and businesses

Bankly (Nigeria): a savings and cash digitisation platform that allows its customers to save up for emergencies through an agent network while protecting them from fraud and theft.

Africlaim (Nigeria): specializes in securing financial and non-financial compensation for African airline passengers involved in flight disruptions including cancellations, delays, and overbooking

The Flemer Project (Nigeria ): helps pre-trial detainees, especially those charged with minor offences, conclude their matters in court as quickly as possible with the aid of young volunteer lawyers, and manages the volunteer and representation process with tech

Legal Hub Uganda (Uganda): develops legal podcasts that are currently aired on one radio station in Kampala. They also share them through different platforms such as sound cloud and Facebook. They are in discussions to bring on board other radio stations from other parts of the country.

Vesicash (Nigeria): an escrow platform that prevents disputes and uses its digital dispute resolution mechanism to resolve digital transaction dispute in less than 72hrs.

Community Peace Initiative (Nigeria): seeks to promote peace and justice in conflicting communities in Northern Nigeria by engaging their traditional and religious leaders to resolve communal conflicts

The Bataka courts model (Uganda): a community based informal justice system currently operating Albertine and Rwenzori regions. The courts mostly handle civil cases and refer more serious criminal cases to other authorities such as the police.

FIDA (Uganda): a tablet and mobile-based service provides electronic legal service information and advice to the vulnerable and indigent people in Uganda. It is a one-stop centre for all legal information relating to land, family,gender-based violence, among others.

LegIT (Uganda): a self-service platform that enables micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to generate legal documents conveniently, efficiently and affordably in three easy steps.

ESS (Tanzania): accessing justice affordably through ESS Legal Assurance – this scheme covers middle class people who cannot qualify to get legal aid, but cannot afford to hire private advocates. This justice solution is Affordable, Accessible, reliable.

Sheria Kiganjani(Tanzania): enables users to access various legal information and services remotely from their devices. Sheria Kiganjani means “law in your palm” in Swahili. It is the first online legal digital platform in Tanzania.

Tenrent(Kenya): provides simple and clear tenancy agreements with arbitration clauses, and resolves any disputes between tenants and landlords.

Sunulex (Senegal): provides Senegalese citizens with free short videos explaining their rights and procedures of enforcing them. Sunulex also offers online access to legal resources for francophone Africa

EasyLaws (Lebanon): provides user-friendly information about justice issues and legal rights to people via a mobile app and a website.

JusticeBot (Uganda): an online platform providing free legal information and connecting those in need of legal services to legal service providers. JusticeBot uses artificial intelligence technology, through a chatbot available 24/7 to answer thousands of people at a time.

Yunga (Uganda): a neighbourhood security network. Community members are organized into groups and household is connected to a Yunga network. With the press of a panic button, all households on the network (and local security/police) are alerted.

DIYLaw (Nigeria): offers Nigerian entrepreneurs access to convenient and affordable legal services (documents and business-related registration), service providers and free information.

HeLawyer (Benin): a mobile app which makes legal information and advice available to citizens 7 days a week, in an affordable and easy-to-use manner.

Haqdarshak(India) trains local facilitators, supported by a tech platform, so citizens discover, apply for and benefit from eligible welfare schemes.

CrimeSync (Sierra Leone) made an all-in-one digital crime records management application that has been launched across Sierra Leone’s prison system. It serves to improve efficiency and transparency of the justice system.

LawPadi (Nigeria) is a friendly chat-bot that can be used to get information about the law for any legal issue in Nigeria.

Barefoot Law (Uganda): is an online Legal Service Provider that provides access to justice and the Law for thousands of individuals and small businesses who would otherwise remain underserved.

Just Fix (USA): empowers tenants in neglectful housing situations with tools to better organize, connect with advocates, and take legal actions.

Lady Liberty (South Africa): Lady Liberty is the proud flagship project of CSI Boutique and its core focus is to provide access to basic legal information and services to vulnerable and marginalized women and girls in poor, disadvantaged communities who otherwise cannot access the law.

Lexyom (Lebanon): Lexyom is an online legal technology platform that answers your legal questions, helps you find a lawyer, helps you draft legal documents and contracts.  

Msheria (Kenya): A mobile app that insures drivers against traffic offenses. they can access bail through the application once arrested, and with subsequent legal costs coming from the offences also covered.

Usalama (Kenya): The Usalama app is a platform that connects users and emergency service providers (ambulance, security, police, road-side assistance) in a quick and efficient manner, utilizing real-time user data, and an integrated web-based back-end portal.

Creative Contracts (South Africa): Creative Contracts creates contracts for everyone to understand. Legally binding agreements where the parties are represented by characters, the terms of the agreement are captured mainly in pictures, and the parties sign the comic as their contract.

Patentbot (Ukraine): A chatbot that helps you check and register your trademark. Using blockchain technology Patentbot checks if your trademark is free. You can then register your trademark online.

Opendatabot (Ukraine): Opendatabot is a service that allows you to monitor registration data of Ukrainian companies and court register. With this information, you can control your contractors and protect yourself against corporate raids.

Lawpadi (Nigeria): a friendly chat-bot that can be used to get information about the law for any legal issue in Nigeria.

Mulika Hongo (Kenya): Your virtual police station: Mulika Hongo is a mobile app that allows citizens to anonymously report bribery and corruption. 

Barefoot Law (Uganda): an online Legal Service Provider that provides access to justice and the Law for thousands of individuals and small businesses who would otherwise remain underserved.

Lawyers for Farmers (Uganda): they help farmers make practical changes in starting, structuring and management of their farm businesses for increased productivity and profitability.

West Nile Mediation Center (Uganda): Courts too expensive? West Nile Mediation Center is the first independent mediation center in Uganda, focusing on land and family issues.

J2P – Justice 2 People (Uganda): a platform for citizens to report crime in real time, and to engage law enforcement authorities in a fast and efficient way.

Evidence and Methods Lab (Uganda): creates smart infographics of complex justice problems in Uganda

LEGIT (Uganda)

Citizen Justice Network (South Africa): trains community paralegals to develop radio stories on cases important to their area. The stories help improve residents’ literacy and level of engagement.

Legit car (Nigeria): a car theft-deterrent system that makes it difficult to resell stolen vehicles in Nigeria.

Easytender (Ukraine): increases fair competition in the public procurement market in Ukraine.

Court on your Palm (Ukraine): an application that allows the analyzing of lawsuits to search, explore and visualize lawsuits in Ukraine.

Legal Advice Middle East (UAE): n online marketplace to connect lawyers and consumers across the UAE and the Middle East. 

Road Rules (Zimbabwe): a mobile app that helps motorists fight traffic police corruption in Zimbabwe.

Fast Portal (The Netherlands): online service & self-service to make justice more user friendly in the Netherlands. and automate workflows

DomJurista (Ukraine): A service that will predict your chances of winning in court, using artificial intelligence.

Sauti (Kenya): A mobile based trade and market information place, empowering East Africa’s women-led SME’s to trade safely, legally and profitably across the borders.

Pinky (Ukraine): allows customers to complain and negotiate disputes with retailers online in Ukraine.

Wetaase (Uganda): utilizes voice-based mobile technology from Uganda,  to track migration of trafficking victims, and to provide a reliable information back to them.

MoLLY (South Africa): is a digital educational platform which provides legal explainers to children in basic education using machine learning in South Africa.

INDenture (Ghana): A land records platform that compares crowdsourced land documents with antecedents to find encumbrances and performs initial checks on land ownership in Ghana.

Vertex (Ghana): provides legal counselling through a pre-paid legal protection plan in Ghana.

Tambua (Uganda): A mobile app that allows users to check whether pharmaceutical drugs they have bough are counterfeit.

Cabinet Gaiba (Senegal): one of Senegal’s first legal tech platforms, offers legal services to individuals and institutions.

 

 

J2P – Justice 2 People (Uganda): a platform for citizens to report crime in real time, and to engage law enforcement authorities in a fast and efficient way.

Puliida (Uganda): empowers farmers, agribusinesses, climate change driven entrepreneurs and other similar organisations with innovative legal and policy solutions focused on sustainability. Provides consulting, legal services, and plain language legal tools.

Legal Alarm (Ukraine): emergency legal help in one click – an app offering 24/7 fast legal assistance by a team of legal experts.

Legal Advice Middle East (UAE): connects people to lawyers across the UAE and the Middle East.

Sauti (Kenya): empowers informal cross-border traders by providing them with information on applicable trade laws, procedures and tariffs, and thereby enables them to trade profitably, safely and legally. It also allows for traders to report incidents of corruption or harassment.

FAMALIA (Kenya): addresses the lack of information and the inefficient case processing in succession-and land-related cases by providing information and case status updates through a mobile service.

Môh Ni Bah (Côte d’Ivoire): enables the registration of newborns in rural areas.

Ufulu Wanga (Malawi): a human rights platform that provides basic and educative information on human rights issues and on what to do when your rights have been violated, all while guaranteeing anonymity. It also provides access to professional legal advice.

Legal Legends (South Africa): a platform providing efficient and fast access to a wide range of legal services, at a fixed price.

Wemora (Nigeria): an online service helping families and businesses find and create the legal documents they need.

SME Empowerment Challenge 2016:

Puliida (Uganda): empowers farmers, agribusinesses, climate change driven entrepreneurs and other similar organisations with innovative legal and policy solutions focused on sustainability. Provides consulting, legal services, and plain language legal tools.

Lawyers 4 Farmers (Uganda): empowers Ugandan farmers by providing access to instant legal information through an SMS-based platform.

Sauti (Kenya): empowers informal cross-border traders by providing them with information on applicable trade laws, procedures and tariffs, and thereby enables them to trade profitably, safely and legally. It also allows for traders to report incidents of corruption or harassment.

FarmingBay (Kenya): ensures that farmers trade and enter into transactions with confidence and without fear of deception by providing information and legal documents.

IMAPP (Nigeria): heir goal is to create a sustainable society by providing easy and affordable access to insurance.

Legal Advice Middle East (UAE): connects people to lawyers across the UAE and the Middle East.

Legal Legends (South Africa): a platform providing efficient and fast access to a wide range of legal services, at a fixed price.

 

Family Justice Challenge 2016:

Citizen Justice Network (South Africa): their mission is to make legal knowledge widely available through training community paralegals to be radio journalists, and then pairing them with their partner radio stations to produce stories that teach people about law.

Ufulu Wanga (Malawi): a human rights platform that provides basic and educative information on human rights issues and on what to do when your rights have been violated, all while guaranteeing anonymity. It also provides access to professional legal advice.

Wemora (Nigeria): an online service helping families and businesses find and create the legal documents they need.

FAMALIA (Kenya): addresses the lack of information and the inefficient case processing in succession-and land-related cases by providing information and case status updates through a mobile service.

Just Land (Ghana): offers affordable and efficient legal services related to land registration and other legal documents connected to land.

Môh Ni Bah (Côte d’Ivoire): enables the registration of newborns in rural areas.

 

General Legal Tech Innovations 2016:

Domjurista (Ukraine): an algorithm for preparing legal documents by searching for the template that is the most similar to what the customer requires and then adapting it to their specific needs.

EasyTender (Ukraine): a service checking tender applications to avoid losing a tender call due to inaccuracies, not having all documents prepared, and other mistakes.

J2P – Justice 2 People (Uganda): a platform for citizens to report crime in real time, and to engage law enforcement authorities in a fast and efficient way.

Haki Law App (previously KnownAfrique) (Kenya): their mission is to make knowledge about laws generally and easily accessible. The app provides legal information and connects citizens to lawyers.

Legal Alarm (Ukraine): emergency legal help in one click – an app offering 24/7 fast legal assistance by a team of legal experts.

Cryptonomica (Ukraine): a global database of verified entities that provide electronic document signature and/or online dispute resolution. It creates a cryptographic key for the user that can then be used to securely sign documents, to encrypt documents, and to negotiate disputes online.

 

Winner Crowdfunding Campaign:

Slumfighters (Rwanda): combining architecture, access to legal aid and design to help slum inhabitants in Rwanda to improve their neighborhood livelihoods.

 

 

Dutch Challenge 2016:

Ligo (The Netherlands): a platform that helps businesses establish themselves and manage their activities. It also provides access to legal documents and to professional legal advice.

Innovating Justice Challenge 2015:

Duka (Kenya): smart bookkeeping – this tool keeps track of your sales, expenses, stocks and cash flow with ease.

Five-0 (USA): the innovation addresses the issues and incidents related to citizens’ interactions with the police. It allows users to rate their interaction with the police in a specific country, to submit anonymous reports, and to identify positive practices that are then encouraged.

Integrity Idol (Nepal): an anti-corruption tool that generates debate around the concept of integrity, builds a network of honest government officials who can push for positive change, and inspires the new generations of public servants to be better.

mSME Garage (Uganda): the one-stop centre for legal guidance for SMEs, offering free legal information on everything related to starting and running a business in Uganda.

DIYlaw (Nigeria): an online DIY platform for everything business-related: company registration, ™ registration, privacy policy preparation, NDA preparations, and so on. It also offers easy access to legal professionals in the field.

Innovating Justice Challenge 2014:

LawForMe – Lawtoons (India): simplifies complex laws and turns them into easily understandable visuals.

Accountability Lab (Liberia): supports and builds the network of a new generation of leaders and changemakers, who develop and implement innovative ideas for positive social and economic development.

BRAC Property Rights Initiative (Bangladesh): empowering poor and underdeveloped communities by informing them about property rights and about the related laws, and enabling them to stake their claim on their property. The innovation also has a special focus on women.

 

Living Wage Challenge 2014:

Project JUST (USA): this innovation wants to transform the fashion industry into a transparent, accountable and sustainable system by providing shoppers with information that allows then to make ethical buying choices, and by encouraging ethical practices for producers.

Liberty & Justice (previously Made in Africa) (Liberia): Africa’s leading ethical apparel manufacturer committed to eradicating poverty, empowering workers, and environmental responsibility.

WageIndicator (The Netherlands): empowers both employers and employees during job search and negotiations by supplying up-to-date and easy-to-understand wage data.

Innovating Justice Challenge 2013:

Ushahidi (Kenya): an intelligent analytical tool for gathering input on situations unfolding on the ground (e.g. elections, humanitarian crises), and for rapidly organising a response to them.

Therapeutic jurisprudence (Puerto Rico): an organisation supporting therapeutic jurisprudence through organising conferences and other events, supporting and funding research, promoting best practices, and encouraging education in the field.

 

Innovating Justice Challenge 2012:

Legal Atlas (USA): a versatile tool that uses artificial intelligence to create maps and legal analytics, which may be used to perform a variety of tasks such as risk assessments, treaty compliance checks, enforcement support, and many more.

Innovating Justice Awards 2011:

E-Court (The Netherlands): an online court that processes and adjudicates private law cases all over The Netherlands.

 

Innovating Justice Challenge 2011:

OAS Judicial Facilitators (Equador): improves access to justice by training community leaders to be mediators and conciliators, and thereby reduces the strain on the formal judicial system.