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Conference: ‘e’ meets justice

The ‘Building EU Civil Justice’ project of the Erasmus School of Law (ESL) and the e-CODEX Plus project of the Dutch Ministry of Justice are organising the conference: “‘e’ meets justice”. On 2 and 3 May 2019, academics, IT and legal professionals will meet in Lisbon to discuss how to improve the collaboration between these communities in cross-border civil procedures. The aim of the conference is to offer a platform for different stakeholders to meet, engage in discussions and exchange ideas in order to find a meeting point between the legal world and the digital world, arriving at ‘e-justice’. Focusing on e-CODEX as a potential tool to improve the current situation, participants will be encouraged to propose ideas, engage in discussions and develop a mind-set to foster the future of e-Justice in the EU.

In recent years, cross-border (e-)commerce has increased rapidly. In particular, e-commerce enabled consumers to engage in online transactions with traders from outside their jurisdictions. This development resulted in a growing number of cross-border (online) disputes. While the number of disputes surges, there is a lack of suitable redress mechanisms for consumers, posing challenges to access justice. Consumers encounter obstacles to find a remedy for their cross-border claims, due to differences in language, increased costs, longer procedures, and various diverging legal procedures. It is important that justice embraces technology in order to support online and offline consumers. For a smooth functioning of the Internal Market, it is essential that the consumer has trust and confidence to make (online) cross-border purchases. Therefore, the European Union has been active in creating consumer protection legislation, both in substantive law and more recently in procedural law. Cross-border procedures exist, but their accurate functioning requires that infrastructure must be interlinked and coherent, and should enable more dialogue between stakeholders. In this regard, e-CODEX can be a valuable tool to provide the digital exchange of case related data, connecting parties and courts in a single interface.

You can find more information on the programme on: https://www.e-codex.eu/e-meets-justice-conference. Do you want to be part of this lively and thought-provoking dialogue? You can register now by sending an email to: aanmelden@minvenj.nl.

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Published: November 10, 2018

On 8 and 9 November, Emma van Gelder and Georgia Antonopoulou attended the Dubai Conference ‘Court Excellence and Innovation: Today and Tomorrow 2018’. The conference kicked off presenting the International Framework for Court Excellence. Can the success of courts as service providers be measured and if yes what should the criteria be? Courts’ best practices across different jurisdictions were presented and their potential to improve civil litigation was discussed. In light of the rise of cross-border disputes, the opportunities for courts across jurisdictions to collaborate and to establish partnerships so as to dispense ambiguity for future court users and to improve efficiency for enforcement proceedings were explored. The Memoranda of Guidance on the Recognition and Enforcement of Civil Judgements, that the Dubai International Financial Center Courts (DIFC) have signed with foreign courts, were used as an example of judicial cooperation across jurisdictions. Furthermore, judges of the DIFC Small Claims Tribunal and the Commercial Court of Dubai, drew upon their experience in dispute resolution. While the Small Claims Tribunal focuses on the rapid resolution of low value cases by increasingly making use of technology and alternative dispute resolution methods, the Commercial Court aims to accommodate international commercial disputes and contribute in establishing Dubai as an attractive investment destination. The subsequent panels centered on the use of technology in court administration and judicial decision making. In particular, the panelists considered the benefits and challenges of remote hearings, service via email or even social media and the use of artificial intelligence in the adjudication of cases. The role of the judiciary and the legal profession in the advent of online courts and the emergence of online dispute resolution platforms lead to an intriguing discussion that questioned current court practices.