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New year, new ERC team member!

On 1 January 2020 Betül Kas joined our ERC team as a postdoc researcher on the subproject on privatisation of civil justice. She is the successor of Alexandre Biard, who as of December 2019 continued his career as a senior advisor at BEUC in Brussels, where he will be able to use his extensive research experience for the benefit of enforcing consumer rights in the EU. We are grateful for his invaluable contribution to our project, resulting in an impressive number of publications and conference presentations among others. We all greatly appreciated his many initiatives, his fieldwork, support of the other researchers, work spirit, and good sense of humour. We are happy to keep him in our team as an affiliated researcher and look forward to our futher collaboration.

We welcome Betül to our team as the successor of Alexandre for the postdoc project on privatisation. She has an impressive track record, having worked among others as a PhD researcher in the ERC Advanced project of Hans Micklitz at the European University Institute in Florence and as a postdoc researcher in the Vidi project led by Chantal Mak at the University of Amsterdam. Her German background will further strengthen our research on German law and practice. One of her research focuses will be the interaction between public and private justice. We are very happy to have Betül on our team and look forward to working with her in 2020 and onwards!

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Published: January 12, 2018

On 9 January 2018, Alexandre Biard participated in a conference hosted by the French energy Ombudsman (Médiateur de l’énergie) with key stakeholders from European and French consumer ADR sectors: representatives of the Commission d’Evaluation et de Contrôle de la Médiation (the authority in charge of certifying and supervising consumer ADR providers in France), various European ombudsmen and mediators, consumers associations, officials from the Ministry of Justice, and academics.

Together, they reviewed and assessed the development of consumer ADR, two years after the implementation of the Consumer ADR Directive in France, and drew some comparisons with the experience acquired in several other Member States.