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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: March 20, 2019

On 18-19 March 2019, Xandra, Emma and Alexandre participated in the ADR/ODR conference organised at Wolfson College, Oxford. The event gathered key stakeholders of the European ADR/ODR community, including representatives of several EU ombudsmen, academics and policy experts. Alexandre presented the latest developments on ADR in France. Xandra and Alexandre took part in a panel on policy and research issues, focusing among others on the interaction between courts and ADR/ODR and strenghtening of the quality of consumer ADR.