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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: June 15, 2018

From 11 June till 13 June, Xandra, Erlis, Georgia and Emma attended the UCL International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services in London, hosted by Centre for Empirical Legal Studies. Participants included international researches, policy makers and legal service professionals and came from all across the world from Brazil to the USA and from Australia to Norway.

Xandra chaired two sessions. The first was on litigants in person, including from the UK and the US on how to support litigants in person and and about pro se litigation in US federal courts. The second one was on ‘Legal aid eligibility’, including presentations on the assessment of the merits of the case in legal aid under ECHR case law and a comparative analysis on eligibility criteria. Erlis chaired a session on ‘Profession’. The panel included presentations on a pilot for specialist legal aid panels in Taiwan, and on an economic analysis of the benefits of early legal advice. The panels led to evolving discussions and insights on how other countries worldwide deal with access to justice issues and provided the opportunity to enter into dialogue on recent developments and innovations. We gained much inspiration and made interesting connections which we will use to build further on our EU civil justice project.

We also made use of our stay to visit the Royal Courts, where we had a very fruitful meeting with Sir Ryder (Senior President of Tribunals) to aid our empirical research in England.