Presenting at Cyberjustice Workshop in Bologna
Digital court room Rotterdam (rechtspraak.nl)
While our focus is on keeping ourselves and others healthy and safe and we share the great concerns and grief caused by the corona virus, our team tries to keep the spirit up and is working at a reduced pace from home. Our PhD researcher Georgia had to return earlier from her research stay in Singapore – but we are happy to have her back safe and sound – and many of our planned activities have been cancelled. Luckily, some meetings and events can still go through online and we hope that this virus that has been so devastating for many people can be controlled soon and we can begin to pick up our normal life routines and work activities in a world that has been shaken.
The disruption of society has naturally also affected our justice systems. In the Netherlands, the courts were closed on 17 March 2020, and only process designated urgent cases (including child protection cases, health and security related cases, insolvency cases, and certain criminal cases). A positive side effect is the rapid uptake of digitisation of justice. In the Netherlands, on 3 April 2020 a legislative proposal was put forward to enable more electronic communication and video calling to secure that the judiciary can keep functioning. We report more in detail on this in our blogpost on Conflictoflaws.net.
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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.