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7th annual Civil Justice Council National Forum on access to justice for those without means

On invitation Jos Hoevenaars attended the 7th annual Civil Justice Council National Forum on access to justice for those without means taking place in London on 7 December 2018. The full day forum brought together members from across the British advice and pro bono sector, courts and tribunals, government, the legal profession, universities (UK and abroad), charities, foundations and institutions to discuss the current state of the legal aid sector in the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom. The day saw some 20 different speakers as well as several in-depth breakout session in which divergent subjects such as funding, technology, the need for data collection and analysis, and the intersection between legal needs and mental health were discussed among the over 200 participants in more detail.

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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.