Professor Dr. Maurits Barendrecht, Jin Ho Verdonschot, LL.M., M.Phil., and colleagues of The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL) have published Towards Basic Justice Care for Everyone: Trend Report, Part 1 (2012).
The report describes barriers to access to justice for many citizens of law-income countries, and describes new approaches to overcoming those barriers, including the following:
- [...] New technologies and organisational masterpieces, often coming from the IT sector, can be adopted. eBay resolves 60 million consumer disputes each year, using an online platform where mediators or adjudicators can log in if their help is needed. A programme lead by entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani issues ID’s based on iris scans to 20 million Indian residents each month. Legalzoom.com has a profitable business in legal documents online. Legal expenses insurance companies solve a great number of conflicts effectively. These innovations attract a huge amount of clients and work in many different legal settings.
- Innovative judges, lawyers, helpdesks and web platforms reinvented legal information. Instead of abstract, Napoleon-like codes, they offer new standards for settlements (for child support, damages schedules, etc.) and step by step guidelines for resolving issues. [...]
This report was the subject of a conference entitled Innovating Justice Forum 2012, held 16-17 in The Hague. New information discussed at the conference is to be described in Part 2 of the report.
For more information, please see the HiiL Website, or Innovating Justice: Platform for Rule of Law Solutions.