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Successful Conference Frontiers in Civil Justice

The Conference Frontiers in Civil Justice organized by our ERC team on 16-17 November 2020 was a success and - despite having to move online - it was a very lively event. Impressive keynotes were given by speeches by Hazel Genn (UCL) and Hrvoje Grubisic (European Commission). Four great panels with high level, insightful and thought-provoking presentations.

Of course we had hoped to welcome our speakers and adience in Rotterdam or at least have a blended event, but it
worked out very well online. Close to 200 people from all over the world had registered, some of whom accompanied us throughout the event; many others picking and choosing the panels and talks they were most interested in. The parallel chat discussions were extensive and very lively, and our chairs supported by chat moderators from our team managed to highlight the key issues that were discussed further in the panel and
with ‘live’ questions from the audience.

We are grateful to all the speakers,
chairs, tech support and the organizing team (Betül Kas and Ilja Tillema). We are also proud of accomplishing this despite having to work under more challenging circumstances in these strange times, as everyone around the globe.

A brief discussion of the conference presentations has been prepared by Jos and Betül and is available at conflictoflaws.net.

Stay safe and healthy!

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Building EU civil justice: challenges of procedural innovations - bridging access to justice

This website will soon be amended to include the complementary Vici project Affordable access to justice financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

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, Betül & Alexandre

The ERC Team (Betül not in the picture)

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

Upcoming events & Newsletters

  • We will be organizing a series of small scale webinars and conferences in 2021, will keep you posted!
  • Here is our third Newsletter (November 2020) including our publications, events and other news!
  • Here are our first Newsletter (2018) and second Newsletter (2019) including publications events and accomplishments

Missions accomplished…

  • Our online Conference Frontiers in Civil Justice was held on 16 and 17 November 2020. View the programme and read the brief conference report here (a full version will follow).
  • 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. 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.

Suggestions are welcome. Seeking collaboration? Looking for synergies? Wanting to build bridges? Contact us!