Design for Justice Lab – Border Sessions

Design for Justice Lab

Do you want to improve your design thinking skills, while improving access to justice?
Are you interested in how we can make employment contracts more fair?

The challenge
The rule of law is the foundation for fair and functioning societies. When the law is applied equally and impartial justice is accessible to all, it reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. Unfortunately, billions of people risk becoming powerless when faced with land disputes, crime, divorce, consumer problems, unfair dismissal, disagreements with a neighbour or landlord, grievance with a public authority, or a business/contractual conflict

When considering the benefits associated with employment, employees may consider their needs along a spectrum: do they need job security, is their goal a high salary, do they want to buy a house, do they want to travel the world to gain experience in different countries, do they have a family to care for, are they attracted to the energy of a startup company? Likewise, employers face a similar spectrum as they consider what benefits to provide: do they have a knowledgeable human resources department, can they manage the uncertainty of part time schedules, do they have sufficient capital to manage legal disputes, what type of talent and expertise do they require to do their business, and how competitive is the labor market?

Protection is essential to all parties, and should therefore be tailored to the jobs, to the companies and to the people who want to work. ‘Therefore we work on a mindset shift to the advantages of problem-solving through legal design thinking throughout the world.

Join us on experience the steps of legal design thinking to a justice solution for a familiar problem in The Netherlands Become part of a network to further spread, develop and apply this changing mindset and (solve) justice problems, share knowledge and experience.’


09:00 – 09:30 Introduction of the topic and the day
10:00 – 13:00 Insights gathering (user research, idea generation and strategic map)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Presenting results and experiences
14:45 – 15:15 Mapping insights and choosing most interesting ideas to work out
15:15 – 16:45 Work out ideas in separate groups
16:45 – 17:30 Presenting final concepts
17:30 – 18:30 Drinks!


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