PhD Defence Jos Hoevenaars: A People’s Court?
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.
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.