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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: May 22, 2019

Erlis Themeli was invited as a guest lecturer at the Moscow State Law University (MSAL) from 11 to 19 May 2019. This invitation was supported by an Erasmus+ grant of the European Union. Erlis delivered a series of lectures on international commercial courts. The audience showed considerable interest in the topic and in particular on its significance for the Russian legal landscape. Erlis had also the possibility to have meetings with colleagues from the MSAL, which will serve as a collaboration bridge for the future.