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Interview Jos Hoevenaars in ‘Het Advocatenblad’

Jos Hoevenaars was interviewed for the Dutch magazine for the legal profession ‘Het Advocatenblad’ about his insight into the experiences of lawyers who find themselves litigating before the European Court of Justice after their case is referred though a reference for a preliminary ruling. In the interview (freely translated: ‘Court of Justice? Experience Needed!’) he discusses his empirical research among Dutch lawyers and paints a picture of generally overwhelmed professionals scrambling for assistance among EU law scholars, while making the best of their opportunity to plead before the ECJ, often in opposition to a group of well-trained EU law experts appearing on behalf of intervening Member States. His work on the reference procedure highlight the inequality in representation before the ECJ and its potential negative impact on the Court’s caselaw and its national consequences.

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Published: May 29, 2019

On 27 and 28 May 2019, Xandra and Alexandre presented at the Public and Private Justice (PPJ) Conference organised in Dubrovnik. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Class Actions – the Holy Grail for (European) civil procedure ?’. Xandra gave insights on collective redress from a Dutch and transnational perspective, and Alexandre highlighted the latest developments in France.