Access to justice in times of corona
Save the date: Conference Sustaining Access to Justice in Europe
The team of the Vici project Affordable Access to Justice at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University
(Rotterdam), is organising a Conference on Sustaining Access to Justice in Europe: Developments in Costs and Funding on 19 and 20 October 2023 at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The conference will spotlight papers, discussions, research presentations and a keynote on various aspects relating to the establishment of sustainable access to justice in Europe, including litigation costs and funding, third-party funding and litigation crowdfunding, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), public interest litigation, collective redress and entrepreneurial lawyering.
More details on the program and registration will follow soon!
Published: April 8, 2020
Digital court room Rotterdam (rechtspraak.nl)
While our focus is on keeping ourselves and others healthy and safe and we share the great concerns and grief caused by the corona virus, our team tries to keep the spirit up and is working at a reduced pace from home. Our PhD researcher Georgia had to return earlier from her research stay in Singapore – but we are happy to have her back safe and sound – and many of our planned activities have been cancelled. Luckily, some meetings and events can still go through online and we hope that this virus that has been so devastating for many people can be controlled soon and we can begin to pick up our normal life routines and work activities in a world that has been shaken.
The disruption of society has naturally also affected our justice systems. In the Netherlands, the courts were closed on 17 March 2020, and only process designated urgent cases (including child protection cases, health and security related cases, insolvency cases, and certain criminal cases). A positive side effect is the rapid uptake of digitisation of justice. In the Netherlands, on 3 April 2020 a legislative proposal was put forward to enable more electronic communication and video calling to secure that the judiciary can keep functioning. We report more in detail on this in our blogpost on Conflictoflaws.net.
Stay safe and healthy!