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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: March 9, 2019

On 25 February, Erlis Themeli participated in the “Graduate Law and Artificial Intelligence Conference" organised by the Cyberjustice Laboratory of the Montreal University in Canada. The Conference was intended as outlet platform for young researchers and as an opportunity to discuss on the use of artificial intelligence in fostering empowerment. Erlis presented a paper on how the rights of court-users may be affected by the use of artificial intelligence in courts. This paper is co-authored by Stefan Philipsen from the Utrecht University and serves to complete the theoretical framework of an empirical research conducted in collaboration with colleagues from the Rotterdam School of Management, the Erasmus School of Law, and the Utrecht University. The aim of the study is to better understand the reaction of court-users when facing a non-human judge.