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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 11, 2018

On 11 December 2018, the proposal to establish the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC) was finally approved. It had passed the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) already on 8 March 2018. It was scheduled for adoption by the Senate (Eerste Kamer) soon after and we optimistically reported that it was realistic that the NCC would open its doors in 2018. However, further debates on the need for and the modalities of this court arose, and the voting was postponed. We are excited that the proposal has been adopted finally, and that the NCC will open its doors in 2019. See our blogpost on conflictoflaws.net for more information.

Georgia Antonopoulou is writing her PhD on international business courts, and in 2019 a special issue of Erasmus Law Review and a book dedicated to international business courts in a European and global perspective will be published.