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Since we had to skip all of our social events in 2020 it has been a tough year for all of us. Although, we did accomplish many positive things in the Amsterdam Law Hub, as we developed a new strategy for the Law Hub, started 'bridging to justice in the 21st century' and organized our first (online) workshops. Interested in our plans for 2021? Please read below.

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Researchers:

  • We will be hosting a further four workshops this year to improve on skills for researchers. These will consist of:
    1. Networking and communicating your thesis with journalists and media
    2. How to pitch for a grant
    3. Cross discipline communication (to improve your ability to involve other specialists in your research)
    4. Establish and maintain networks with external partners
  • In addition to this, we are busy preparing 'three minute thesis competition' for  all UvA faculties that will be launched in September.

Students:

  • Our first Masters study course, Justice Entrepreneurship, will commence in March.
  • We will be hosting our first Open House in September at the beginning of term to introduce new students to our renters, the work of the law hub, and a selection of external partners which could be useful for internships or employment opportunities.

External partners:

  • Together with Bureau Clara Wichmann and Amsterdam's city council we will be working on building a women’s legal advice centre, connecting to the Faculty of Law (Amsterdam Law Practice)
  • We will be offering a number of masterclasses during the summer to legal or justice professionals designed to tackle innovation through human centered design methodology and to explain the current limits of technology within the justice sector. We hope that these classes will give legal or justice professionals the skills needed to improve processes with a focus on the justice user, and thus improve justice outcomes for the wider population.

For innovations:

  • This year sees the launch of our Start-up Fund. We will be accepting submissions year round for NGOs, start-ups or other justice innovations by UvA students and employees for an investment of 2,500 euro. Funds will be awarded on a quarterly basis and will also offer access to our Market Impact Incubator programme.
  • The Hub is already working with a number of innovations developed by students at UvA. You may be familiar with ADAB, and the work of Jill at ComCrim. We will be expanding this programme to support entrepreneurship for researchers and students of the law faculty. This Market Launch programme itself is free, lasts a year, and is tailored to the help needed by each individual and their organization.