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Out now: Financing Collective Actions in The Netherlands

The book Financing Collective Actions in the Netherlands: Towards a Litigation Fund? has just been published (Eleven International Publishing 2024) and is available open access. The book is authored by the Rotterdam Vici team members Xandra Kramer and Jos Hoevenaars, and Ianika Tzankova and Karlijn van Doorn (both TilbUniversity). It is an English and updated version of a Study commissioned by the Dutch Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Justice, published in September 2023. It discusses developments in Dutch collective actions from a regulatory perspective, including the implementation of the RAD, and contains a quantitative and qualitative analysis of cases that have been brought under the WAMCA. It examines funding aspects of collective actions from a regulatory, empirical and comparative perspective. It delves into different funding modes, including market developments in third party litigation funding, and addresses the question of the necessity, feasibility, and design of a (revolving) litigation fund for collective actions.

A launch event and webinar will take place on 3 July from 15-17.15 hrs CET. Registration for free here.

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Published: December 18, 2022

On December 15, 2022, two members of the VICI team, Adriani Dori and fellow Masood Ahmed, delivered online presentations at the 2nd Procedural Law Unit Annual Symposium organised by the School of Law at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. The event was dedicated in memory of the late Professor Konstantinos Kerameus, one of the most emblematic and influential figures of civil procedural law in Greece. The conference centred around the broader theme “European Civil Procedure After Brexit: delays and need to speed-up, technology in justice and ADR”, attracting the participation of academics and policymakers from across Europe.

Adriani participated in the panel discussing EU cross-border transactions, their challenges, potentials, and solutions. Titled “Challenging Borders through EU Convergence: Unexplored Potentials of Integration Policies”, her presentation delved into the soft-law mechanisms developed within the European Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice (AFSJ) to harmonise Member States’ procedural and justice systems. Masood contributed to a panel focusing on new technologies and their intersection with civil procedure and ADR. His presentation, titled “[A]DRand Digitization within the Civil Justice System of England and Wales”, shed light on the legal, practical, and policy challenges associated with these domains in the UK system.

The conference’s full agenda is available here.