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Seminar ‘It Takes Two to Tango’

On June 13 and 14, Jos Hoevenaars joined a group of scholars working on the preliminary reference procedure of the EU legal system for an exchange of ideas and perspectives on the ‘dance’ between national courts and the Court of Justice of the EU. The seminar ‘It Takes Two to Tango’ and organised by the Radboud University of Nijmegen took place in Ede (the Netherlands) and brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with various empirical point(s) of view in terms of how national courts (do not) send references to the ECJ. Jos was invited to present his work on the ECJ and empirical insights into the preliminary reference procedure from the perspective of legal practitioners that have participated in these proceedings.

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Published: June 2, 2018

Three ERC members (Xandra Kramer, Erlis Themeli and Georgia Antonopoulou) in collaboration with other members of our department (Alina Ontanu, Marta Kolacz, Priskila Penasthika) coached the Erasmus Law School team in the Pax Moot Court on Private International Law.

In this picture our students Despoina Mouridi, Melvin Hanswijk, Benedicte Mourisse and Emma Ustunalp (from right to left) are happily posing to Xandra’s photographic lens before the Peace Palace in The Hague. They have just won the second place in the finals.

These four students were selected to represent ESL in the first global Pax Moot competition. Together with their coaches they the students studied and intensively prepared the ‘case’. It concerned a civil action claiming damages for environmental damage in Bolivia allegedly caused by a Dutch group of companies. Furthermore, the ‘case’ involved parallel proceedings before different EU courts, investment arbitration proceedings, and raised issues of collective actions before the Dutch courts.

On 22 May 2018, the ESL Pax Moot Court team visited the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris and pleaded against the team representing the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Following the successful preliminary round in Paris, the team won the semi-finals against Paris I Sorbonne in The Hague. In the finals the Erasmus team encountered the Sciences Po students. Both teams pleaded for the first prize with creativity and inspiring enthusiasm. As the presiding moot judge (Hans van Loon, former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law) explained, after long deliberations the scale finally tipped in favour of our French opponents. Nevertheless, our students Melvin Hanswijk and Despoina Mouridi received special commendations from the jury for their pleading skills and Melvin was offered an internship with the law firm NautaDutilh. We would like to thank the students for their remarkable effort and commitment, and hope that this moot experience will remain a beautiful memory helpful for their future career. It was great coaching you!