Our conference Frontiers in Civil Justice will be held on 16-17 November 2020. We will address four key issues in civil justice requiring a deeper and renewed reflection in light of their contribution of facilitating access to justice. These are the shaping of the interaction between formal and informal justice, the digitalization of consumer dispute resolution (ODR), the collectivizing and monetizing of civil litigation and efforts of bringing justice closer to citizens. The conference will bring together academics, policymakers, practitioners and representatives of civil society to critically reflect on the opportunities and possible drawbacks ensuing from these paramount developments.
The outline of the conference, including confirmed keynote speakers, is avaible here. Further details will be made available soon.
Call for Papers!
For the last part of the conference we welcome abstracts on the topic ‘Innovations in Civil Justice - Bringing Justice Closer to Citizens’. Please send in your abstract of max. 500 words before 31 July. Further details can be found here.
We will have great speakers and look forward to exciting debates. We hope to see you in Rotterdam!
We are recruiting!
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, Alexandre
The ERC Team (Betül not in the picture)
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! Due to the corona crisis some of our activities will be postponed.
- 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!