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Conference: ā€˜eā€™ meets justice

The ‘Building EU Civil Justice’ project of the Erasmus School of Law (ESL) and the e-CODEX Plus project of the Dutch Ministry of Justice are organising the conference: “‘e’ meets justice”. On 2 and 3 May 2019, academics, IT and legal professionals will meet in Lisbon to discuss how to improve the collaboration between these communities in cross-border civil procedures. The aim of the conference is to offer a platform for different stakeholders to meet, engage in discussions and exchange ideas in order to find a meeting point between the legal world and the digital world, arriving at ‘e-justice’. Focusing on e-CODEX as a potential tool to improve the current situation, participants will be encouraged to propose ideas, engage in discussions and develop a mind-set to foster the future of e-Justice in the EU.

In recent years, cross-border (e-)commerce has increased rapidly. In particular, e-commerce enabled consumers to engage in online transactions with traders from outside their jurisdictions. This development resulted in a growing number of cross-border (online) disputes. While the number of disputes surges, there is a lack of suitable redress mechanisms for consumers, posing challenges to access justice. Consumers encounter obstacles to find a remedy for their cross-border claims, due to differences in language, increased costs, longer procedures, and various diverging legal procedures. It is important that justice embraces technology in order to support online and offline consumers. For a smooth functioning of the Internal Market, it is essential that the consumer has trust and confidence to make (online) cross-border purchases. Therefore, the European Union has been active in creating consumer protection legislation, both in substantive law and more recently in procedural law. Cross-border procedures exist, but their accurate functioning requires that infrastructure must be interlinked and coherent, and should enable more dialogue between stakeholders. In this regard, e-CODEX can be a valuable tool to provide the digital exchange of case related data, connecting parties and courts in a single interface.

You can find more information on the programme on: https://www.e-codex.eu/e-meets-justice-conference. Do you want to be part of this lively and thought-provoking dialogue? You can register now by sending an email to: aanmelden@minvenj.nl.

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Published: September 11, 2017

Several team members participated in the ELI annual conference that took place in Vienna from 6-8 September 2017. On 7 September Xandra Kramer, as Co-Reporter of the “Structure” working group, presented the progress of the ELI-UNIDROIT joint project “European Rules of Civil Procedure” that is expected to contribute significantly to the development of European civil procedure. The first official consolidated draft of three sets of civil procedure rules on evidence, provisional measures and the service of documents was critically discussed with the panelists and the participants. The team members attended among others the “The Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution” panel, which focused on court-based dispute resolution processes (“CBDRPs”) and the various challenges arising from it as well as panels on digitalization In addition, the team participated in the Special Interest Groups on Digital Law and Dispute Resolution, where cutting-edge developments in each field were presented. During the SIG meeting on Dispute Resolution the team had the chance to briefly introduce the ERC project and to exchange ideas on the establishment of specialized international courts in particular.