How Do People Navigate the Maze of the Law?
Our book New pathways to civil justice in Europe has just been published by Springer. It results from one of the international conferences organized by our ERC group (’Challenge accepted!’) and this one was particularly memorable. The book focuses on innovative pathways to civil justice with a view to improving access to justice. It encompasses the four key topics of the project: use of Artificial Intelligence and its interaction with judicial systems; ADR and ODR tracks in privatising justice systems; the effects of increased self-representation on access to justice; and court specialization and the establishment of commercial courts to counter the trend of vanishing court trials. Top academics and experts from Europe, the US and Canada address these topics in a critical and multidisciplinary manner, combining legal, socio-legal and empirical insights. More information and sales available at the Springer website. The Introductory chapter by the editors (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and the final chapter by Judith Resnik (Yale University) are available for free download.
Published: March 28, 2019
Xandra Kramer and Christoph Engel (ESL; Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods) presented the results of their vignette study on how laypeople navigate the maze of the law at the Workshop on Experiments at the Crossroads of Law and Economics (organised by the Erasmus School of Law and Erasmus School of Economics) on 27 March 2019. The study aimed to investigate the relevance of legal uncertainty for the decision of laypersons to rely on the legal system as a means for seeking redress.