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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 23, 2019

On 21-22 March 2019, Alexandre participated in the 3rd EU-China Legal Affairs Dialogue in Beijing. The event was co-hosted by the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Chinese Ministry of Justice and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and gathered EU and chinese public officials, experts and academics. Exchanges focused on new developments in consumer dispute resolution, ethical and legislative challenges related to the use of artificial intelligence, and the future Chinese civil Code. Alexandre gave a talk on ‘ensuring the quality of consumer ADR’.