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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: November 30, 2018

On Thursday 29 November in Trier (Germany), Alexandre Biard presented latest policy discussions on ADR/ODR and collective redress in the EU to more than 50 judges and prosecutors coming from all over Europe. This took place in the context of the event ‘consumer protection within Europe – the role of the national judge when applying consumer rights and Law’, jointly organised by the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) and the Academy of European Law (ERA).