Jos Hoevenaars joins Vici ‘Affordable Justice’ team

On 1 November 2023, Jos Hoevenaars re-joined Erasmus School of Law after completing a one-year research project at the Dutch Council for the Judiciary which focused on questions of effectiveness of judgments in the Dutch legal system (report available early 2024). Previously, he was part of our ERC ‘Building EU civil justice’ team, where his research focused mainly on (self)representation in court and access to justice in a cross-border context. In 2022, he was the executive project manager for a study commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security and its Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) that looked into the usefulness and necessity of a litigation fund for collective actions in the Netherlands (Dutch report available here, English book forthcoming).

The coming years he will strengthen the Vici ‘Affordable Access to Justice’ team, focusing on costs and funding of collective actions, and he will develop a new line of research in the area of strategic litigation in which he will investigate the collective and representative action field from a legal mobilisation perspective. He will also play a role in the setting up of a European Civil Justice Centre.


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Published: September 27, 2023

Xandra Kramer gave the 2023 Nivalion legal finance summit lecture in Frankfurt on 26 September 2023, in collaboration with Thomas Kohmeier. The lecture was dedicated to the question whether further regulation is needed in the area of third party litigation funding. She discussed developments in regulation and gave illustrations from Dutch practice in the funding of collective actions. She stressed the role of self-regulation and soft law in the area of third party litigation funding. Thomas Kohlmeier responded to her discussion points from the perspective of the funding industry.