Interview with the French National Energy Ombudsman - April 2019
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: April 2, 2019
In the latest Lettre du Médiateur National de l’Energie of April 2019, Alexandre responded to the questions of the French national energy Ombudsman, and shared his views about recent consumer ADR developments in France and the upcoming challenges. Full interview (in French) available here: https://www.energie-mediateur.fr/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/lettre-mediateurn35.pdf.