The Innovating Justice Forum is a two-day international event in The Hague catering to more than 150 participants. It is held annually by HiiL Innovating Justice to discuss and support innovative ways of approaching justice worldwide. The Forum has in the past centered on issues such as Living Wages (2014), Human Rights (2013) and Basic Justice Care for Everyone (2012). This year’s forum, slated to hold on the 3rd and 4th of December, will highlight the State of Innovation and the justice needs of SMEs in East and West Africa.
The 2015 forum will also showcase the winners of two challenges:
The SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge is geared towards finding and strengthening new initiatives that can empower startups and SMEs in East and West Africa. The Innovating Justice Challenge on the other hand, aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
The winners of these challenges will receive the Innovating Justice Awards 2015. They will have access to an international network, to build international partnerships and learn from other attendants at the Forum. The innovators present their innovation to an international audience, gain international recognition, and have the opportunity to win seed investments. They will get professional support to understand current strengths, improve their pitch and get the change to boost their project with the help of event participants.
Deadline for submission of innovation is – 1 August 2015.
The Innovating Justice Forum connects innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, private companies, governments, NGOs, academics and foundations. Among the many organisations represented are, national Parliaments, Cordaid, Oxfam, Supreme Courts, Microsoft, Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs, OECD, USAID, World Bank and the World Economic Forum.
Past speakers at the Innovating Justice Forum include, Kenyan Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court Willy Mutunga, former Rwandan Minister of Justice and Attorney-General Tharcisse Karugarama, Policy Director at IndustriALL Global Union Jenny Holdcroft and Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business John Morisson.