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Sustaining Access to Justice in Europe: New Avenues for Costs and Funding

The team of the NWO Vici project ‘Affordable Access to Justice’ at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University (Rotterdam), is organising the conference ‘Sustaining Access to Justice in Europe: New Avenues for Costs and Funding’ on 19 and 20 October 2023 at the Erasmus Paviljoen at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Access to civil justice is of paramount importance for enforcing citizens’ rights. At the heart of access to civil justice lies litigation funding and cost management. Yet, over the past decades, access to justice has been increasingly put under pressure due to retrenching governments, high costs of procedure, and the inefficiency of courts and justice systems. Within this context, the funding of litigation in Europe seems to be shifting from public to private sources. Private actors and innovative business models emerged to provide new solutions to the old problem of financial barriers of access to justice.

With the participation of policymakers, practitioners, academics, and civil society representatives from all over Europe and beyond, the conference seeks to delve deeper into the financial implications of access to justice and the different ways to achieve sustainable civil justice systems in Europe.

The topics addressed in this international academic conference will include the different methods of financing dispute resolution, particularly in the context of group litigation (third-party funding, crowdfunding, blockchain technologies), public interest litigation, developments in ADR/ODR, the new business models of legal professionals as well as law and economics aspects on litigation funding. The conference is supported by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Find the link to registration here.

Please find the preliminary conference programme below.

Call for papers Vici Conference Sustainable justice 2023.pdf

Provisional Programme.pdf

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Published: May 27, 2019

Alina Ontanu, Emma van Gelder and Erlis Themeli in collaboration with Priskila Penasthika, Georgia Antonopoulou and Marta Kolacz, coached the Erasmus Law School team in the Pax Moot Court 2019 on Private International Law.

Four students from the Erasmus University Rotterdam were selected to participate in the Pax Moot Court to represent the Erasmus School of Law (ESL): Mirna van Oers, Sarah Mourahine, Stijn Voogt and Azdin Mataich. The students had to prepare a case which concerned issues on same-sex marriage, child adoption and labour law issues. The first month the students studied international private law intensively in order to submit the written Memorials in April 2019. The Memorial of our team was received very well by the judges of the Pax Moot team.

The weeks before the pleadings were devoted to practicing their oral pleadings. On Friday 24 May, the first round of pleadings was held at Sorghvliet Gymnasium in The Hague. The team competed against the University of Antwerp and against Paris Dauphine University in the morning. In the afternoon, the team had to compete against the University of Heidelberg and Sciences Po. Although the students debated intensively with sharp arguments and got involved into heated pleadings, the score was just too low to make it to the finals.

All in all we are proud of our students and it was a great experience coaching them.