Innovating Justice Forum, 16 & 17 April, The Hague
Solving the justice gap world wide
Every year, one in every eight people on earth runs into a serious conflict that is hard to avoid: at home, at work, regarding land, about essential assets they bought, or with local authorities. About half of these people do not succeed in obtaining a fair, workable solution. This may evolve into a threat to their livelihood. What can be done to reduce the unnecessary suffering, injustice, and poverty caused by this lack of legal protection?
The Innovating Justice Forum 2012 in The Hague on 16 and 17 April addresses this problem. A panel of experts and innovators including researchers of Tilburg University’s TISCO will explore the justice needs worldwide, the obstacles to address these needs as well as promising approaches to bridge the justice gap. The panel will work towards a number of recommendations, both for developing countries and the developed world.
Not only the emotional but also the economic costs of the justice gap are high, says the Trend Report that will form the backbone of the meeting in The Hague. But the knowledge and means to go after injustice more systematically are now available.
Improving interactions between the parties involved in a conflict is key, according to the Trend Report. The most promising approaches include specialization of courts and legal services, benchmarking procedures, making legal information available in an understandable way, setting up IT platforms and websites to support mediation and negotiation, and making more use of the services of legal expenses insurers and providers of legal aid rather than expensive courts and lawyers. The private sector and civil society can play a key role in delivering real access to justice.
Innovating Justice Forum 2012