Jos Hoevenaars was interviewed for the Dutch magazine for the legal profession ‘Het Advocatenblad’ about his insight into the experiences of lawyers who find themselves litigating before the European Court of Justice after their case is referred though a reference for a preliminary ruling. In the interview (freely translated: ‘Court of Justice? Experience Needed!’) he discusses his empirical research among Dutch lawyers and paints a picture of generally overwhelmed professionals scrambling for assistance among EU law scholars, while making the best of their opportunity to plead before the ECJ, often in opposition to a group of well-trained EU law experts appearing on behalf of intervening Member States. His work on the reference procedure highlight the inequality in representation before the ECJ and its potential negative impact on the Court’s caselaw and its national consequences.
Building EU civil justice: challenges of procedural innovations - bridging access to justice
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 influence access to justice in selected, representative Member States, and what the repercussions are for the emerging EU civil justice system. Five jurisdictions designated for this project are Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, and the United Kingdom (England and Wales). However, we also are keen to broaden our horizons and to look beyond these five countries and outside of Europe. We combine legal-normative and comparative law research 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.
Emma, Erlis, Xandra, Jos, Georgia, Alexandre
The ERC Team
Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam
Upcoming events & Newsletters
- We are planning events on International Business Courts, on ODR and AI and on Litigation Funding for 2020 - more information soon!
- Here is our second Newsletter (September 2019) including publications, organised events and presentations
- Here is our first Newsletter (June 2018) including events and accomplishments
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.
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)
Innovating International Business Courts: a European Outlook, seminar Rotterdam, 10 July 2018
Suggestions are welcome. Seeking collaboration? Looking for synergies? Wanting to build bridges? Contact us!