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Conference: Digital and Intelligent Europe: EU Citizens and the Challenges of New Technologies

On 1 and 2 April 2020, ERC project members Erlis Themeli and Emma van Gelder co-organized the conference ‘Digital and Intelligent Europe: EU Citizens and the Challenges of New Technologies for Civil Justice’, together with Anna van Duin and Rachel Rietveld (University of Amsterdam). The two-day conference revolved around EU citizens in their search for justice in an increasingly digitized world. Digital technologies can reduce barriers to access to justice by offering more affordable, swifter and simpler solutions. Key notes were delivered by Natali Helberger and Tania Sourdin and the three panels evolved around the topics of digital and intelligent out of court procedure, digital and intelligent justice solutions for supporting the court, and digital and intelligent courts. The conference brought together academics and practitioners from around the world and resulted in vivid discussions and a lot of food for thought. We will prepare a full conference report in the upcoming days.

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Published: December 21, 2018

Dear Reader,

2018 has come to an end. It was the first full year of our ERC project and it has been a very intensive, fruitful, learningful and rich year. Jos and Erlis defended their PhD theses. Emma and Georgia completed their first year of Erasmus Graduate School of Law. All six of us have presented our work in different countries and in different settings, moderated panels, published papers and blogs, taught courses and master classes, and participated in many interesting events.

Our highlights were the two events we organized in Rotterdam. On 10 July the seminar on Innovating International Business Courts, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg and the Montaigne Institute of Utrecht University. We are happy and excited that the proposal on the Netherlands Commercial Court was finally adopted by the Senate on 11 December 2018. The ERC Conference Challenge Accepted! Pathways to Civil Justice in Europe, covering all four subtopics of our project took place on 19 and 20 November 2018. In the morning of the 19th we presented our work and discussed the progress with our Advisory Board. Our team devoted a lot of time, energy, passion and joy to organizing these two successful events.

In the last week before the Christmas break, Emma coorganized the annual ESL Private Law Christmas dinner with games, food, drinks and fun! (see picture). Riddles, a grinch, the quest to find two missing professors…

Thank you dear colleagues, friends, collaborators, participants in our events, advisory board members and our fantastic student assistant Kyra, for helping us in unraveling and connecting different pathways to achieve a sustainable civil justice system.

Dear fellow ERC groupies, thank you so much for all your wonderful work for our project, and for enriching me with all your multifaceted talents, intelligence, insights, wisdom, joy, passions, and for making me laugh. And thanks for supporting me when I needed it most.

It is now time to enjoy our holidays, cycling in Spain, with family and friends in the Netherlands, France, Ireland, England, Albania, and Greece. We will be back in Rotterdam in 2019!

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Xandra