Who we are

It’s nice that vacuum cleaners can be made user-friendly, but we think justice has a bit more urgency. That’s why we make it affordable, accessible, and easy to understand for everyone.

About us

HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) is a social enterprise devoted to user-friendly justice. That means justice that is easy to access, easy to understand, and effective. We will ensure that by 2030, 150 million people will be able to prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems. We do this by stimulating innovation and scaling what works best. We are friendly rebels focused on concrete improvements in the lives of people. Data and evidence are central in all that we do. HiiL is an equal opportunity, international employer. We are based in The Hague, City of Peace and Justice.

Our history

HiiL (pronounced “hill”) was founded in 2005 by small but impassioned group of individuals who felt that justice systems were falling short and losing pace in a rapidly changing world. Even as new buzzwords floated around – including, globalisation, increased interconnectedness, and the information technology revolution – the larger question persisted: How does this accelerated change impact justice delivery? HiiL strives to address this challenge, among others.

Our strategy and annual reports

Our strategy document and annual reports provide more information about our mission, goals, organisation, partners, results, and financial details. We welcome you to read through these documents and reach out to us if you have any inquiries.

How are we organised?

HiiL is an international nonprofit social enterprise based in The Hague, Netherlands. More information about our diverse and ambitious team can be found here.

The Executive Board consists of Sam Muller (CEO) and Maurits Barendrecht (Research Director). Our Supervisory Board provides general oversight and counsel while a Programmatic Steering Board supports and advises both the Executive and Supervisory boards on substantive issues.

Do you want to make justice more user-friendly? Let’s work together!