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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: January 2, 2019

The 1st of January 2019 marked the coming into being of the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC). After intensive discussions the establishment of the NCC was proved by the Dutch Senate (Tweede Kamer) on 11 December 2018. We have reported on the most important parliamentary procedures in previous posts. As expected the court and its staff are ready to begin their work, supported by a dedicated website – there is even a new promotional video – a Twitter, and a LinkedIn account. Information at the website of the judiciary in Dutch is available here and in English here.

The NCC and other similar courts will be on focus in a special issue of the Erasmus Law Review and a book dedicated to the international business courts, which will be published this year. Georgia Antonopoulou, Alexandre Biard and Erlis Themeli will contribute to these publications, while Xandra Kramer will be one of the editors (in collaboration with Advisory Board member John Sorabji).

With this first news item, we would like to wish all of our readers, friends, and colleagues an inspiring and happy 2019!