HIIL: from Palace to Laptop – the 2021 Innovating Justice Forum

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HIiL) occupies a unique position in the access to justice field. It was once best known for its online dispute resolution package, the Rechtwijzer, which it developed with the Dutch Legal Aid Board and vigorously promoted to similar legal aid providers in developed countries. It then detached itself … Continue reading HIIL: from Palace to Laptop – the 2021 Innovating Justice Forum

Poverty, Technology and Government:  Justice and legal assistance for people on low incomes in the 2020s

Covid 19 provides a fitting closure to the 2010s, effectively the opening decade in the development of technology to serve access to justice. And May 2021 will mark five years of this blog. So, this seems a good time for reflection. But, rather than looking backwards, let’s look forward to what the next decade will bring.  Below is the synopsis … Continue reading Poverty, Technology and Government:  Justice and legal assistance for people on low incomes in the 2020s

January 2021: what did I miss?

1 January  Adobe Flash Player ‘laid to rest’, reports BBC. 3 January ‘As Uber parks its plans for robotaxis, experts admit the autonomous vehicle challenge is bigger than anticipated,’ reports Guardian. 4 January ‘Slack messaging service suffers global outage,’ says Guardian. 5 January Children’s Commissioner calls for broadband companies ‘to step up’ in terms of … Continue reading January 2021: what did I miss?

Outreach by Zoom: the experience of the People’s Law School of BC

A number of access to justice organisations are experimenting with the use of video programmes, like Zoom, to replace traditional outreach work impeded by the pandemic. This was, for example, a topic raised by a speaker from Sheffield Law Centre in the December Law Centre Network conference. But the world leader in this field must … Continue reading Outreach by Zoom: the experience of the People’s Law School of BC

Signposts from New Zealand

New Zealand and the United Kingdom have historically had close ties of economy and politics. These were closer, of course, before the UK turned its face to Europe and shafted the Kiwi agricultural economy in the 1970s. But, now we may grow back together again as small island nations outside the major trading blocs. Whatever … Continue reading Signposts from New Zealand