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At the European launch of the UN Report “How to Make the Law work for Everyone”, Madeleine K. Albright, Co Chair of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor; former U.S. Secretary of State expressed that legal empowerment should be regarded  as a fundamental right, not as a privilege. However, about 4 billion people worldwide cannot rely on the law for protection, and over 80% of property and people remain unregistered. Without legal status they are unable to invest or borrow funds, and are easy targets for exploitation and abuse. This makes it more difficult to escape poverty. Poverty alleviation helps to create a middle class that serves as a tax base for countries to improve infrastructure and provide healthcare and education.

Access to justice for the underprivileged is traditionally delivered by NGO’s, legal aid systems and pro-bono lawyering. The outreach of all these efforts however can only cover a small part of the demand for justice, despite all the hard work of those involved. To create a breakthrough in the improvement of access to justice, innovative models and sustainable, scalable solutions need to be developed and tested. Early stage investment and funding for start-ups is essential to develop and test new models. The importance of funding start-ups will be addressed at the event by His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.

XS2Justice Network International has developed the first ever sustainable model for legal empowerment. They have a proven practice in The Netherlands where 90% of all cases are being solved out of court for a limited fixed fee. The business model has been adjusted to be able to protect employees, small entrepreneurs and others in developing countries. A small scale pilot in Kenya has been prepared to prove and tweak the business model after which a nationwide roll-out in Kenya will follow. With a profitable business in Kenya, the company is able to do a roll-out to 10 countries before 2020 and spread the service to as many countries as possible after that. The model will be pitched at the event to raise the necessary funding for the pilot and to stimulate investors and funders to consider funding other start-ups in the justice sector that could contribute to improving access to justice.


15:00-15:15        Opening: The Importance of Legal Empowerment           

by Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice

15:15 – 15:35 The importance of investing in impact start-ups

by His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Chairman Startup Fest Europe

15:30-15:45        What limits access to justice for the Kenyan people       

by Olive Sawe, Kenyan citizen, Graduate in Business Administration

15:45-16:30        Pitch XS2Justice Network International: Kenyan pilot and roll-out

by mr. Rob C.T. van Rooij, Founder XS2Justice Network International

16:30-17:00        Reception

When: September 13, 2016 from 15:00-17:00

Where: The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR, The Hague

Practical information

When: September 13, 2016 from 15:00-17:00

Where: The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR, The Hague


Event details

From September 13, 2016
Till July 13, 2016
NABC events
The Hague, Netherlands
(0)70 3043618