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Out now: Research Methods in Private International Law

The book Research Methods in International Private Law: A Handbook on Regulation, Research and Teaching has been published (Elgar, 2024). It is edited by Xandra Kramer and Laura Carballo Piñeiro. It includes 18 chapters, two of which are authored by other members of the Vici team, Carlota Ucín and Adriani Dori. Carlota’s chapter focuses on conflict of methods in private international law from a legal theory perspective and Adriani’s chapter on the methodological influence of European private international law on domestic legal systems. The book is part of the Handbook in the Research Methods of Law Series of Edward Elgar Publishing. It seeks to provide insights into the different methodological approaches to private international law from a regulatory approach and from a research and educational perspective. The book is divided in three parts focusing on (1) the classification of private international law as private law and its interaction with international public law and regulation; (2) inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches and research methods; and (3) how private international law helps to frame and address the critical debates of our time as well as the role of legal scholarship and education in shaping the future of private international law. The book will be launched and introduced in two webinars in September 2024.

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Access to civil justice is of paramount importance for enforcing the rights of consumers and businesses and protecting fundamental rights. Key issues in the current efforts to improve access to justice at the EU and national level are the digitisation of procedures and decision making, the privatisation of justice (ADR), increasing self-representation, and court specialisation. We investigate how these trends develop and how these influence access to justice in selected Member States and at the EU level, and how these influence the emerging EU civil justice system. Another key issue in access to justice the costs and funding of civil justice. In the connected Vici project financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), that kicked off on 1 December 2020, we investigate the repercussions on access to justice of developments in litigation funding, and in particular the shift from public to private funding and cost management measures. In our research we combine legal-normative research and comparative law with empirical research, which helps us in testing and revising our ideas. Our mission is to connect the dots in order to help build and maintain a sustainable civil justice system in Europe.

Upcoming Events & Newsletters

  • 6 June 2024: Workshop Emerging Trends in Participatory Justice (in person), more info and registration here
  • 3 July 2024, 10 am CET: Webinar Financing collective actions (information will follow soon)
  • 10 September 2024, 10 am CET: Book launch Research Methods in Private International Law (online, information will follow soon)
  • 23 September 2024, 10 am CET: Webinar Research Methods in Private International Law (information will follow soon)
  • Here is our third ERC project Newsletter (November 2020) including our publications, events and other news!
  • Here are our first ERC project Newsletter (2018) and second Newsletter (2019) including publications events and accomplishments

Missions accomplished…

  • On 19-20 October 2023 our Vici team organised a conference on Sustaining Access to Justice at Erasmus School of Law, see here for the recap. We are currently preparing an edited volume on the topic.
  • Our Vici team hosted a seminar series on Trends and Challenges in Costs and Funding of Civil Justice between December 2021 and June 2022, incuding a hybrid final seminar on Regulating third party financing (view full program and conference report)
  • Book Frontiers in Civil Justice: Privatisation, Monetisation and Digitisation published (eds. Xandra Kramer, Jos Hoevenaars, Betül Kas & Erlis Themeli), Edward Elgar 2022
  • Book New Pathways to Civil Justice in Europe published (eds. Xandra Kramer, Alexandre Biard, Jos Hoevenaars & Erlis Themeli), Springer 2021
  • Conference on International Commercial Courts, co-organized with BIICL on 17 September 2021.
  • Online seminar series by the ERC group zooming in on the different research topics of members in Spring 2021
  • Our online Conference Frontiers in Civil Justice was held on 16 and 17 November 2020. View the programme and read the full conference report here.
  • A webinar on The ELI-Unidroit Model European Rules of Civil Procedure: soft law shaping the future of European Civil Procedure? was held on 6 November 2020. View the program and news item.
  • International Business Courts: A European and Global Perspective (eds. Xandra Kramer & John Sorabji), Eleven International Publishing 2019. Order your paper copy here. The electronic version is available open access here.
  • Special issue dedicated to International Business Courts of Erasmus Law Review (2019/1). The Introduction is available here.
  • On 2-3 May 2019, the ERC project team and the e-CODEX Plus project jointly organized the successful conference ‘e’ Meets Justice in Lisbon.
  • Conference: Challenge Accepted! Exploring Pathways to Civil Justice in Europe, ERC conference Rotterdam, 19-20 November 2018 (program in pdf). Read the conference report published in the European Review of Private Law here.
  • Innovating International Business Courts: a European Outlook, seminar Rotterdam, 10 July 2018. Read the seminar report published in the European Review of Private Law here.


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