Dr. Sam Muller


Sam Muller is the founding director of HiiL Innovating Justice. An international lawyer by training, he now works on justice strategy and innovation, connecting knowledge about needs and what works with justice change processes that make a difference.The clients he has worked for include governments, international businesses and leading civil society organisations.

Before his work at HiiL Innovating Justice he worked for the UN and the International Criminal Court (ICC). He was Special Adviser to the Registrar on External Relations and head of the Advance team that set up the ICC. Prior to the ICC, he worked as Senior Legal Adviser of the Registry of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and as legal officer at the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza.

Between 1995 and 1996 he was Programme Coordinator of the Public International Law LLM programme of Leiden University. Sam holds a law degree and a doctorate from Leiden University. He has published and spoken extensively on various topics, focusing mainly on legal trends and strategy, justice leadership, justice innovation, and international justice issues. He is an experienced facilitator and leader of conferences. He serves on various boards, including the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, the Law of the Future publication series, the Hague Academic Coalition (as chair in 2011 and 2012), the Hague Prize Foundation, and the Dr. Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fonds.

He is former chair of the Rule of Law Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and currently vice-chair of its Global Agenda Council on Justice and its Meta Council on Global Architecture.