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Access to justice in times of corona

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While our focus is on keeping ourselves and others healthy and safe and we share the great concerns and grief caused by the corona virus, our team tries to keep the spirit up and is working at a reduced pace from home. Our PhD researcher Georgia had to return earlier from her research stay in Singapore – but we are happy to have her back safe and sound – and many of our planned activities have been cancelled. Luckily, some meetings and events can still go through online and we hope that this virus that has been so devastating for many people can be controlled soon and we can begin to pick up our normal life routines and work activities in a world that has been shaken.

The disruption of society has naturally also affected our justice systems. In the Netherlands, the courts were closed on 17 March 2020, and only process designated urgent cases (including child protection cases, health and security related cases, insolvency cases, and certain criminal cases). A positive side effect is the rapid uptake of digitisation of justice. In the Netherlands, on 3 April 2020 a legislative proposal was put forward to enable more electronic communication and video calling to secure that the judiciary can keep functioning. We report more in detail on this in our blogpost on Conflictoflaws.net.

Stay safe and healthy!

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Published: March 20, 2018

On 19 March, Jos Hoevenaars succesfully defended his PhD thesis "A People's Court? A Bottom-Up Approach to Litigation before the European Court of Justice" at the Radbout University Nijmegen. His research focused on the role of individual litigation before the Court of Justice of the European Union, uncovering the (im)possibilities of the empowerment of citizens through EU law. By focusing specifically on the practicalities of ‘Eurolitigation' through the preliminary reference procedure this study aims to open the ‘black box' of Eurolitigation and to give a critical examination of the possibilities of citizen empowerment through EU law. Jos Hoevenaars is working on the postdoc project Self-Representation in Civil Justice.