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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: February 28, 2019

On 25-26 February 2019, the last joint meeting of the Steering Committee, the overarching Working Group on Structure, the co-reporters of the other working groups and the institutional observers of the ELI-Unidroit project on European Rules of Civil Procedure took place in Rome.

Xandra Kramer presented the progress of the WG on Structure and the new consolidated draft rules, followed by a fruitful discussion between the present members of the working group and the participants. The latest drafts of the three last ongoing working groups were also presented and discussed.

The consolidated draft will be completed this year and is scheduled for adoption early next year. The ELI-Unidroit European Rules of Civil Procedure will be a model law on civil procedure for Europe.