Jos Hoevenaars joins Vici ‘Affordable Justice’ team

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.


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Published: October 18, 2023

We are hosting visiting researcher Jonathan Drücker, PhD researcher at Augsburg University, in October-November for a few weeks research stay.

He presents himself: “Currently, I am working on my PhD-thesis which deals with a jurisdiction over companies based in non-member states by using their EU based parent company as an `anchor defendant´ in human rights litigation cases. As the Dutch law has the reputation of being on the frontier of development when it comes to corporate responsibility, I am very fortunate to be hosted by the Erasmus University Rotterdam for a two week research visit, which enables me to develop a comparative approach in respect of jurisdiction and private enforcement. I want to thank the University, notably Professor Xandra Kramer and her team for the friendly invitation and for making my visit possible on short notice.

I am looking forward to broaden my horizon by discussing thoughts and ideas with international experts and finding different legal perspectives and solutions for social and economic problems raised by globalisation and transnational supply chains in the field of international civil procedure law in an enriching and diverse environment.”