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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 11, 2018

On 10 May 2018, Emma van Gelder and Alexandre Biard presented their work-in-progress at the ADR Conference that took place at Leicester University, England. The conference dealt with new approaches to ADR. Within the panel ‘designing and implementing ODR in Europe’, Emma presented her paper on ‘Private Initiatives Supporting (court) Digitization in the Netherlands: Sparking Controversy!’ She focused on private ODR tools in the Netherlands. She took the so-called ‘e-Court’ initiative as a case study. She identified the main criticisms and drew more general lessons for the broader practice of private ODR systems. Alexandre presented a paper entitled ‘Promise Kept? Impact of Directive 2013/11/EU on ADR Quality', within the panel ‘comparative perspectives on consumer ADR’. He highlighted the effects of the 2013 Consumer ADR Directive on the quality of ADR schemes in several Member States, including France, Belgium and the United Kingdom.