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Interview Jos Hoevenaars in ‘Het Advocatenblad’

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.

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Published: September 23, 2018

On September 21st, Jos Hoevenaars was invited to present his work on the European Court of Justice and the preliminary reference procedure at the workshop ‘Studying EU Law and the European Court of Justice – New Approaches and Methodologies’ organized by Professors Jan Komarek, Mikael Rask Madsen and Antoine Vauchez. As the title suggest the workshop was aimed at bringing together researchers in the field of EU studies who employ innovative methodologies in studying the European Court of Justice (ECJ). His contribution, which focused on a bottom-up approach to litigation before the ECJ, will be part of an edited volume to be published in 2019.