The HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge 2018 and Justice Accelerator are Open for Applications

Updated on 7 March 2018

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Legal disruptors – do you have an enterprise, startup or just an idea that will improve access to justice for people around the world? The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) wants to hear from you, as it opens its Call for Applications for the Innovating Justice Challenge 2018.

The challenge is open until 30 May 2018, and applications must be submitted via HiiL’s website,

Now in its seventh year, the HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge is open to justice innovators from all backgrounds. Through the Innovating Justice Challenge, HiiL seeks out and supports those who are working on solutions to help people prevent or resolve their most pressing justice need. HiiL supports entrepreneurs in the justice sector through seed funding, a tailored business acceleration process and access to an international network of potential investors.

“We define pressing justice problems on the basis of research and data that demonstrate the legal needs of people,” explains HiiL founder and CEO Dr Sam Muller, “This means we search for innovations that create rights awareness, provide access to legal services or dispute resolution and improve efficiency and transparency in existing justice policies.

The Challenge is in three parts: the best innovations received through the Challenge will be invited to pitch to a panel of judges at HiiL’s annual Southern Africa Boostcamp, which will take place as part of the Leaderex ( convention in Sandton on 4 September.

Following that, the most promising Boostcamp participants will be taken to The Hague in order to participate in the HiiL Justice Entrepreneur School, an intensive week-long programme of specialist business training and technical advice, which includes the ability

and will then take part in the HiiL Justice Accelerator programme, which runs for three months to a year depending on the innovator’s needs.

Since 2012, more than 50 organisations have taken part in the Justice Accelerator programme. In December 2017, South African entrepreneurs were voted first and second place among their peers at a pitching session at the Innovating Justice Forum.

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