Our signature, justice is one tremendous theme within the Hague. We show you how people innovate fairness, justness and professional impartiality, and how they export this knowledge to the world.
Justice complements not only security, cybersecurity, peace and humanity (the other themes recognised in The hague), it is intertwined in any legal business of companies and individuals. Think of governments, non profit organisations, institutions, corporations and startups. All these worlds, you can safely say effectively the whole working word, is involved in justice. So why is this still such an old fashioned topic?
A genuine responsibility in fairness between different parties, mostly from different backgrounds.
That’s what justice is, in all optimism, it is what it always should aim to be. People shiver with merely the though of stacks of books, papers and post it scribbles of that what a lawyer is producing and consuming. But that’s not the foundation of justice, the foundation is proof, data and conversation.
How HiiL is innovating justice
Since 2005 they founded their non profit business here in the worldwide justice capital The Hague to innovate justice from the ground up. They see themselves as friendly and professional rebels who have the courage, wisdom and creativity to help provide for the justice needs of people around the world. Here’s why they exist:
Everyone who faces a conflict or crime should have access to legal support that is effective, safe, understandable, affordable and perhaps most importantly, available when it’s needed.
Working with real time data, visualisations, new solutions and supporting experiments with their accelerator.
Creating success in how these Ugandan justice entrepreneurs will soon be impacting thousands of small businesses
First sustainable model to improve access to justice in developing countries
According the UN Report “How to Make the Law work for Everyone” from the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, about 4 billion people worldwide cannot rely on the law for protection. Access to justice for the underprivileged is traditionally delivered by NGO’s, legal aid systems and pro-bono lawyering. The outreach of all these efforts however can only cover a small part of the demand for justice, despite all the hard work of those involved. Sustainable and innovative solutions are needed to make a real difference.
XS2Justice Network International has developed the first ever-sustainable model for legal empowerment. They have a proven practice in The Netherlands which they operate for Achmea where 90% of all cases are being solved out of court for a limited fixed fee. The business model has been adjusted to be able to protect employees, small entrepreneurs and others in developing countries. Part of the model is an innovative CSR tool that lawyers worldwide can use for business development. The CSR tool for lawyers and the business model will be presented at a matchmaking event for impact investors and lawyers, organized in cooperation with the The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the NABC and Impact City.
University of Leiden, Centre for Innovation
The fruitful branch of the University of Leiden, the Centre for innovation The Hague, in the vicinity of the key government institutions. The centre is focused on making the world more just, and works together with the international community to fulfil this. With organising open workshops, collaborations and experiments, they contribute to a fairer society.
Recent initiative of The Hague, University of Leiden, the C4I and more partners is HumanityX. This a support base for organisations with innovative ideas in the peace and justice sector.
Want to get involved and start the conversation, join their future fridays.
One of their supported projects is a filter of over 500 million daily tweets, for 25,000 keywords relevant to 16 development topics. The resulting interactive visualizations shows which countries tweeted most about the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals from May 2012 to July 2015.
Another great initiative is where you can join in, for the Hague Innovators academy. Students are invited to come with experiments in the form of businesses, where they get effective coaching by the university and the government, you can still sign up.
Justice is not only performed, it’s also courted in the Hague
From Nuclear deals to war crime resolutions, all eyes are on the Hague. The Peace Palace, Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Criminal Court (just relocated in this new stunning building, which you can see as the header image).
Recently, the ICC launched a social media awareness campaign to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption on 17 July 1998 of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, which seeks to deter people from genocide, crimes against humanity and war crime. 17 July unites all those who wish to support justice, promote victims’ rights, and help prevent crimes that threaten the peace and security of the world.
Read what is going on Beyond The Hague, beyond the court and justice, what are the stories of the people in the field. Also not to forget the Humanity House, where you can experience first hand from the people in the field.
We haven’t even scratched the surface for what is happening here in the hague around humanity, peace and justice, check out our places page to find out even more companies and organizations active (102 in total) in this space.
Justice Matters in all forms and constructive purposes
Let’s share to the world that Justice is something we should care about, in business, in humanity and at institutions on Earth. There’s only so much we can do in a city, the people need to spread the awareness and the knowledge.