Our history

HiiL was set up in 2005. It brought together a small group of people who felt that justice systems were not delivering enough. The world was rapidly changing. Justice systems were not. New words were floating around – globalisation, increased interconnectedness. The advent of the information technology revolution. The million dollar question remains: How are they impacting justice delivery?

We were hungry for change

We first commissioned eight cutting edge research projects  by the best researchers to look at this. They looked at how rule-making was changing and becoming more informal, networked, and globalised. They saw courts having to take those new types of rules into account. Their legitimacy having to be constructed in different ways. How do you measure success? When is justice done? A research team also worked on new ways of measuring whether fairness was delivered. We also developed future scenarios: the law scenarios to 2030.

It became clear that we need innovation. We were hungry for change. Based on this research we developed the way we work today. We moved from research to action. HiiL is now a social enterprise. We changed our name from the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of law to the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law.

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