Foreign expert for UK Government Open Innovation Team on civil legal aid
On 1 November 2023, Jos Hoevenaars re-joined Erasmus School of Law after completing a one-year research project at the Dutch Council for the Judiciary which focused on questions of effectiveness of judgments in the Dutch legal system (report available early 2024). Previously, he was part of our ERC ‘Building EU civil justice’ team, where his research focused mainly on (self)representation in court and access to justice in a cross-border context. In 2022, he was the executive project manager for a study commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security and its Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) that looked into the usefulness and necessity of a litigation fund for collective actions in the Netherlands (Dutch report available here, English book forthcoming).
The coming years he will strengthen the Vici ‘Affordable Access to Justice’ team, focusing on costs and funding of collective actions, and he will develop a new line of research in the area of strategic litigation in which he will investigate the collective and representative action field from a legal mobilisation perspective. He will also play a role in the setting up of a European Civil Justice Centre.
Published: October 18, 2023
Xandra Kramer participated in an interview by the Open Innovation Team of the UK government working on civil legal aid in September 2023. She provided information on developments and ongoing innovations in legal aid, digitalisation and specific pathways in the Netherlands, including on the ‘wijkrechter’. She also participated in a follow-up online review of civil legal aid in England & Wales, organised on 17 October 2023 which aimed at exchanging thoughts with experts in different countries.