Visual Contracts - closing the legal knowledge gap

Our vision

We strive for an equal and just world. We believe that improving our legal system with empathy and a human centered approach positively contributes to this. Therefore we make the legal system accessible to everyone, regardless of background, disability or level of education. With this we create impact on 4 different levels:

  • On a personal level we empower people to feel confident and activated to practice their rights in order to build strong relations.
  • On an organisational level we ensure to establish fair business and generate economic growth.
  • On an institutional level we contribute to creating access to justice
  • On a societal level we contribute to an equal, inclusive and just society

We particularly focus on SDG 8 and SDG 16.3


What we do

Visual Contracts is a platform that facilitates lawyers and designers to learn and apply Legal Design Thinking with the aim of improving access to justice in a more human friendly way. We use Legal Design Thinking to improve the legal system in such a way that the law is understood and applied by everyone. In concrete terms, this means that we offer tools, workshops and design sprints to designers, lawyers and organisations. In addition, we are thé community for everyone who wants to develop and deploy as Legal Design Thinker.

How it started

The platform is founded in 2017 by service designer Lieke Beelen who has been working on legal innovation since 2015 after winning the The Hague Innovators prize together with lawyer Janneke Boerman. They developed a new concept of the privacy statement of Facebook as a case study to explore new ways of creating accessible, understanding and engaging legal documents. A report on the design process (in Dutch) can be found here.

Here you find the (clickable) final concept of the The Hague innovators prize 2015: