Innovators working on justice and legal issues worldwide have been invited to apply for up to 20,000 EUR in equity-free grant money as part of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) Justice Accelerator’s Innovating Challenge.
HiiL, a not-for-profit Legal and research advisory institution based in The Hague targets to make justice work for people through new technologies, cutting edge knowledge on conflict resolution, and new forms of organisation and governance.
The institution has been increasingly active in Africa in recent years, most recently providing eight African startups with a share of EUR160,000 (US$176,000) in grant funding through its Innovating Justice challenge.
This year, ten justice innovations will win training, up to 20k EUR in equity-free funding, access to a mentor network, and potential future funding.
Applications are particularly encouraged that address six main pain points of justice including but not limited to; employment justice, family justice, neighbor disputes, land disputes, crime and law enforcement, and migration/human trafficking.
Startups with an idea and team may apply for funding in the ‘Call for Innovations’ while individuals without a team or idea can apply for the ‘Call for Talent.’
The Call for Innovations has, over the last five years, awarded funding to over 60 innovative justice/legal technologies from all over the world. It is open to applicants with both a team and justice innovation idea.
The Call for Talent is a search for individuals with a particular skill that they wish to apply to the cause of justice innovation. Up to 10 individuals will be selected and supported through innovation training, some travel to local events, support for their ideas, and future support.
The Call for Applications, which opened on March 1st remains open until June 30th and focuses on Africa, the Middle East, the Netherlands, and Ukraine.
Innovators in The Netherlands, Ukraine, Tunisia, and Uganda are particularly encouraged to apply as these are countries in which HiiL’s Justice Needs and Satisfaction Surveys have been carried out.
To be eligible for selection, innovations must be strictly justice related, and present viable routes to sustainability, scalability, and the ability to create social impact in their communities in providing access to justice.
The innovations should provide a unique idea that does not already exist in a particular region.