Starting this week the ERC Building EU Civil Justice team will organize a bi-weekly seminar. The series will cover a variety of topics in the field of European civil justice and zoom in on the key topics our group has been working on over the past four years. These include the privatization and digitalization of civil justice, cross-border judicial co-operation, international business courts, and self-representation. Each session will bring together invited speakers and our own researchers. To join us for one or more of these sessions, please register here over Eventbrite.
Thursday, 6 May (15:00-17:00)
The Role of Out-of-Court Justice in the European Enforcement Regime
Friday, 21 May (10:00-12:00)
Modernising European Cross-Border Judicial Collaboration
Friday, 4 June (10:00-12:00)
Digital Constitutionalism and European Digital Policies
Friday, 18 June (10:00-12:00)
The Arbitralization of Justice
Friday, 2 July (10:00-12:00)
Civil Justice Without Lawyers: Moving Beyond an Adversarial System of Adjudication
Friday, 16 July (10:00-12:00)
European Civil Justice in Transition: Past, Present & Future
Our first seminar (Thursday, 6 May 15:00-17:00) will deal with the role of out-of-court justice in the European enforcement landscape. Our invited speaker Fabrizio Cafaggi (Italian Council of State) will talk about the role of Article 47 EUCHR in shaping the European enforcement triangle (administrative, judicial and ADR). Betül Kas (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will reflect on the role of collective ADR by example of the Volkswagen litigation.
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. In the ERC consolidator project that kicked of on 1 September 2017, 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. We combine legal-normative research and comparative law (focusing on a number of jurisdictions) 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.
In December 2020, the Vici project Affordable access to justice that zooms in on costs and funding and complements the ERC project kicked off. More information on the new project is available on the Vici project page.
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
- 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. 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? Wanting to build bridges? Contact us!