The Refugee Helper project – a chatbot in Facebook that will provide legal advice to refugees and asylum seekers in Ukraine – was recognized as the best solution developed during Access to Justice Hackathon 2019.
This year’s event was organized and hosted by the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Providing, PRAVOKATOR Legal Club and Kyiv Legal Hackers NGO, with the support from the USAID New Justice Program and other donor programs. Its purpose is to develop project ideas aimed at protecting the rights and simplifying access to justice, in particular for vulnerable groups.
50 hackathon participants – lawyers, students, IT professionals, marketers, designers from all over Ukraine – formed teams and, with the help of experienced legal tech mentors, developed ideas for providing legal services to people who cannot afford to pay for lawyers; products aimed at protecting rights, combating discrimination, bullying, domestic violence, and alternative ways of solving legal problems to make justice simple and accessible.
In addition to Refugee Helper, the following projects emerged as a result of the two-day hackathon:
“FLA Platform” – a library of statements of claim for employees of the free legal aid (FLA) system, which gives a convenient access to statements of claim and the opportunity to view court practice and experience of using the statement of claim in court, which reduces the time for preparing the document and unifies approaches to the application of law;
Online Comic Book and Game “Advisor. How to Become a Superhero” is a tool for teaching teenagers how to solve legal problems by explaining the competencies of public agencies;
Notary’s Assistant – a solution that automates a notary’s actions when accepting inheritance and shortens the procedure to seven minutes by offering a user-friendly interface for verifying processed data by the client;
“#I Don’t give Bribes_bot” is a chatbot in Messenger for students which automatically fills in and sends a complaint about corruption in a higher education establishment. This solution not only exposes corruption, but also establishes communication in the student community. # I don’t give Bribes _bot will receive expert support from the USAID New Justice Program for the project development;
LAB is a chatbot that helps people with legal problems get in touch with legal clinics and the bodies of FLA system;
Pages is an online platform with basic consultations and a user-oriented navigator to find legal assistance in family law;
Reflect is a solution for protecting personal information by installing an authorization system in the operating system and computer resources of a government agency.
A representative of the hackathon-winning team will be able to participate in The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) Global Innovating Justice Forum, to be held in the Hague in February 2020 (The Netherlands). All development teams will be able to consult with mentors regarding the practical implementation and the implementation of their justice innovations in partnership with civil society and business community.
Event photo album on Kyiv Legal Hackers Facebook page: