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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 25, 2019

Xandra Kramer participated in the legal panel at the Annual Meeting of the Working Party on e-Law (e-Justice) of the European Council in Brussels on 24 June 2019. Thus meeting is part of the Multiannual European e-Justice Action Plan 2019-2023 that brings together representatives of the Member States, judiciaries and lawyers, with the aim to further develop e-justice. She discussed developments in the Netherlands and at the European level, as well as problems encountered in enhancing e-justice and views on the future. During lunch time the panellists discussed the most topical issues from a legal perspective to present to the joint panel of legal and technical experts and discuss with the audience.