- The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) hosts a justice-tech forum at Palais des Congrès in Tunis, focusing on people-centered justice and supported by the Presidency of the Government since 2005.
- HiiL’s Justice Accelerator program, operating in Tunis, Lagos, and Nairobi, supports startups offering innovative solutions to everyday justice problems. It provides seed funding and training to an annual cohort of startups dedicated to reshaping the justice landscape.
- The forum features a Demo Day with pitches from 17 startups representing Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Nigeria, and Kenya. These startups, part of HiiL’s 2023 Justice Accelerator program, compete for the Innovating Justice Award, with prizes of €20,000, €15,000, and €5,000, selected by an esteemed jury from the MENA region, West Africa, and East Africa.
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is organizing the justice-tech forum, “Tech the Justice Gap,” at Palais des Congrès in Tunis, under the esteemed patronage of the Presidency of the Government.
Established in 2005, HiiL focuses on people-centered justice, making it accessible, understandable, and effective.
The organization collaborates with governments, entrepreneurs, and investors to realize people-centered justice, helping practitioners build solutions for resolving or preventing justice problems, expediting lives and enhancing well-being and economies.
At the heart of HiiL is the Justice Accelerator, a program supporting startups that offer innovative solutions to everyday justice problems.
Operating in Tunis, Lagos, and Nairobi, the program provides seed funding and training to an annual cohort.
Themed “Tech the Justice Gap,” the forum highlights the transformative potential of technology in reshaping how individuals access and experience justice.
It explores the role of social entrepreneurs and startups in building justice services that complement the formal justice system, aiming to make justice fairer, more accessible, and affordable.
The event serves as a call to action, urging government representatives, investors, startups, thought leaders, and justice stakeholders to unite, learn, collaborate, and create people-centered justice systems.
Ronald Lenz, Director of MENA at HiiL, notes, “It’s outstanding to witness the emerging collaboration between the justice sector and justice-tech startups as they join forces to enhance and expand access to improved justice services.”
A key highlight of the forum is the Demo Day, featuring pitches from 17 startups representing Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Nigeria, and Kenya.
These startups, having completed the 2023 Justice Accelerator program, are now part of a community of 170+ justice startups supported by HiiL.
An esteemed jury from the MENA region, West Africa, and East Africa will select three startups as winners of the Innovating Justice Award, with prizes of euros 20,000, euros15,000, and euros 5,000, respectively.
With over 200 attendees expected at Palais des Congrès in Tunis, the event will also be live-streamed worldwide, providing a global platform to showcase the transformative impact of justice-tech innovation.
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