The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) Innovating Justice Accelerator finalists for 2018 Challenge have been announced.
"[We are] pleased to announce the Ugandan finalists for its Innovating Justice Challenge 2018m," read part of the press statement from HiiL.
The organization uses the accelerator to identify solutions to legal challenges.
"Through the Challenge, HiiL identifies organizations which prove scalable, sustainable solutions to justice needs," HiiL wrote. These benefit from the program through a "mix of seed funding and support through its Justice Accelerator programme."
The statement points out that over 400 applications were received from across the globe and assessed based on impact, sustainability, scalability, uniqueness, and team.
Important to note that is that of all the 400 successful applicants, Uganda has the highest number of finalists, with 10 innovations.
These are Bataka Court Model, Tunga Innovations Ltd, Yunga, Via, BitShelter, JusticeBot, LegIT, Prison Officer Legal Empowerment (POLE) Model, ZZIMBA GAMES and Muchomo Moments Ltd.
The program focuses on three issues; Land, Crime & Law Enforcement and Family Justice. These are considered the most pressing justice needs for Ugandans.
These finalists will have a training Bootcamp on 28th September in Kampala. They will then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges at the Innovating Justice Conference at Hotel Africana on the same day.
Since 2011, the accelerator has sought to support entrepreneurs and innovators that present the best solutions to justice needs in Uganda. To date, HiiL has supported 7 innovations in Uganda since 2015.
Among these are mSME Garage by Barefoot Law in 2015; Puliida, Lawyers 4 Farmers, and J2P – Justice 2 People in 2016; as well as Weetase, West Nile Mediation Centre, and Evidence And Methods Lab in 2017.
Beyond competition for seed funding and acceleration support, successful innovations are shortlisted to compete for the Innovating Justice Awards held annually.