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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: May 10, 2018

Xandra Kramer presented on online dispute resolution ('ODR: Advancing Digital Justice in Europe and some lessons from the Netherlands) at a Cyberjustice workshop organized by CNR-IRSIG in Bologna on 10 May 2018.

The presentation focused on the EU digital agenda, the policy to encourage and facilitate the use of ICT in various instruments on cross-border litigation, and the first year of experience with the ODR platform. In addition, she addressed the present situation in the Netherlands, the ambitious agenda to implement digitisation within the context of the Quality and Innnovation of Justice Program, and the recent problems encountered. See also our news item on the deadlock in the digitisation of the Dutch judiciary.