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Seminar ‘It Takes Two to Tango’

On June 13 and 14, Jos Hoevenaars joined a group of scholars working on the preliminary reference procedure of the EU legal system for an exchange of ideas and perspectives on the ‘dance’ between national courts and the Court of Justice of the EU. The seminar ‘It Takes Two to Tango’ and organised by the Radboud University of Nijmegen took place in Ede (the Netherlands) and brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with various empirical point(s) of view in terms of how national courts (do not) send references to the ECJ. Jos was invited to present his work on the ECJ and empirical insights into the preliminary reference procedure from the perspective of legal practitioners that have participated in these proceedings.

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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.