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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 15, 2019

On 14-15 March 2019 the bi-annual Bi-Annual Conference of the Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Internationales Verfahrensrecht took place at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. Xandra Kramer presented the mission, general principles, and the prospects of the ELI-Unidroit European Rules of Civil Procedure, and participated in a discussion panel.