On 10 July 2018, a seminar will be held on international business courts. On 1 July 2018, the Netherlands Commercial Court will open its doors, while in a number of other Member States similar initiatives are being undertaken or a specialized commercial court is firmly rooted already. These courts are of significant importance to international business litigation, offering tailor-made procedures (including the option to litigate in the English language) and providing an alternative to arbitration.
Eminent speakers from the Netherlands, England, France, Germany and Belgium will discuss these initiatives, the novelties in the court administration and procedural rules, exchange views on the impact on international commercial and complex litigation, and reflect on the challenges ahead. The seminar will bring together practitioners, academics, business representatives and policy makers from European countries and beyond.
The seminar is jointly organised by Erasmus School of Law (ERC project ‘Building EU Civil Justice’) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law Luxembourg, and the Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Judicial Administration (Utrecht University).
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
Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam
- Innovating International Business Courts: a European Outlook, seminar Rotterdam, 10 July 2018 - OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
- Call for Papers Erasmus Law Review on International Business Courts: A European and Global Perspective - deadline 10 June 2018 (selection of abstracts in progress)
- Challenge Accepted! Exploring Pathways to Civil Justice in Europe, ERC conference Rotterdam, 19-20 November 2018 - more information coming soon
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