Innovating Justice Challenge 2022

    2022 is the year of unlocking the potential for justice innovation: join us now in our mission to improve access to justice for millions of people.

    The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is pleased to announce that our Innovating Justice Challenge 2022 is now open for applications.

    We are looking for justice innovators from across Africa and the Middle East specifically in Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tunisia. We look for the best innovations with a focus on preventing or resolving a justice problem for many people, including small and medium sized businesses. We scout the next generation of promising justice innovators to improve access to justice for millions of people 

    This year, HiiL’s Justice Accelerator is looking for promising new justice innovations to prevent or resolve the most pressing justice needs around Crime, Land, Employment, Family, Tenancy and Neighbour issues. In 2021, we supported startups like Upesy in Kenya, Chaya Legal in South Africa and  Civitas in the MENA region.

    Justice innovators can apply for the Innovating Justice Challenge before March 31st when the call comes to a close.

    The best innovators will then be invited to join the HiiL Justice Accelerator programme. If the innovator shows significant growth, they can receive:

    •  Up to €10,000 non-equity funding.
    • Full training program delivered by industry specialists: business growth, marketing, impact measurement, and much more.
    • Coaching sessions on topics of your choice.
    • Mentorship sessions
    • Access to HiiL’s global network of justice leaders, legal tech organisations, and top-level researchers.
    • International exposure and potential investment opportunities.
    • Chance to win up to €20,000 at the pitch event of the Demo Day.

    Who are we? 

    We are the only accelerator that focuses on preventing and resolving justice problems. We look for innovations that can grow and scale to impact thousands and potentially millions of people. HiiL has supported more than 130 justice innovations worldwide since 2011. Some of those have become big, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. 

    “At HiiL, we focus on innovative people-centred and user-friendly solutions that enable ordinary people,governments and innovators to prevent and resolve some of the world’s biggest justice problems. A Key component of this has been HJA which finds, funds and supports young social entrepreneurs in emerging markets refine, improve and scale their business models to serve more people who are affected by injustice everyday.”- Eric Mwangi Kariuki, Innovation Hub Head-East Africa.

    We are supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Netherlands and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands for Rwanda to run the Justice Innovation programme in Kenya and Rwanda. 

    To submit an application, innovators should visit https://bit.ly/IJC2022

    The Innovating Justice closes on Friday, 1 April, 2022, 00:59 EAT Kenyan time and Thursday, 31 March, 2022 23:59 CAT Rwandan time.

    Any Questions please direct them to: sharlene.muthuri@hiil.org OR justinnovateea@hiil.org