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New year, new ERC team member!

On 1 January 2020 Betül Kas joined our ERC team as a postdoc researcher on the subproject on privatisation of civil justice. She is the successor of Alexandre Biard, who as of December 2019 continued his career as a senior advisor at BEUC in Brussels, where he will be able to use his extensive research experience for the benefit of enforcing consumer rights in the EU. We are grateful for his invaluable contribution to our project, resulting in an impressive number of publications and conference presentations among others. We all greatly appreciated his many initiatives, his fieldwork, support of the other researchers, work spirit, and good sense of humour. We are happy to keep him in our team as an affiliated researcher and look forward to our futher collaboration.

We welcome Betül to our team as the successor of Alexandre for the postdoc project on privatisation. She has an impressive track record, having worked among others as a PhD researcher in the ERC Advanced project of Hans Micklitz at the European University Institute in Florence and as a postdoc researcher in the Vidi project led by Chantal Mak at the University of Amsterdam. Her German background will further strengthen our research on German law and practice. One of her research focuses will be the interaction between public and private justice. We are very happy to have Betül on our team and look forward to working with her in 2020 and onwards!

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Published: September 29, 2018

On 28 September, Xandra Kramer gave a presentation at conference hosted by the European Court of Justice and the MPI Luxembourg celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Law of Civil Procedure in Luxembourg, entitled 'The application of the European law of civil procedure in the dialogue between the CJEU and national courts.' She discussed the multi-regulation and multi-methodology of European civil procedure and the impact on the application by national courts and the dialogue between the CJEU and national courts as institutionalized by the preliminary reference procedure on the basis of statistics on the area of freedom, security and justice, and civil matters in particular. These show the huge differences between the Member States. For example, Germany alone referred more cases to the CJEU than did the nineteen Member States with the combined lowest rates. She gave recommendations on how the the dialogue can be improved.