International Commercial Courts in Europe – A chain reaction?
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.
Published: February 21, 2018
In early February 2018, the French Minister of Justice inaugurated the International Commercial Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeals. This Chamber will handle disputes arising from international commercial contracts. More importantly, parties may use English in front of the court. Georgia Antonopoulou and Erlis Themeli prepared a short post for the ‘Conflict of Laws’ where they provide a brief overview on this new event. Furthermore, they reflect on similar developments in other Member States, and question whether or not we are in front of a domino effect and which Member State will take a similar step.