Court systems and private international law
On 6-7 February, Alexandre presented the EU toolbox for consumer law enforcement (with a special focus on ADR/ODR and collective redress) to 40 European judges and prosecutors, as part of the training programme "Consumer protection and the role of the national judge" organised by the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) at the Slovak Judicial Academy in Omšenie.
Published: March 9, 2018
On 2 March Xandra Kramer gave a talk at a conference in Berlin on 'How European is European Private International Law?'. She focused on the how the judicial infrastructure can contribute to the application of European private international law rules, using among others aggregated statistics on the number of preliminary questions of national courts in the Member States and an inventory among experts and stakeholders in a number of Member States. One of the issues addressed was the rise of international commercial courts, in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Germany in particular, as is studied in depth by Georgia Antonopoulou in our ERC project. These courts are, however, not established with a view to facilitating the proper application of EU private international law rules.
Whereas specialized courts, special chambers within courts, specialised judges, court experts, judicial training, formal (e.g. EJN) and informal networks are useful to improve the application of these rules, it should be realized that in many courts these rules are only relevant in relatively a small number of cases, and measures should be cost-effective not to burden the available court budget. In addition, reflection is necessary as to the role of European private international law in view of current developments and the political and social climate in the EU.