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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: February 23, 2018

Xandra Kramer and Jos Hoevenaars participated in the second annual Self-Represented Litigation Network Conference in San Francisco on 22-23 February. They co-hosted a panel on determining best practices and the intersection of research methodologies, and presented the ERC project () to a broad American audience of members of the SRLN network. The panel, co-hosted by Renee Danser (Deputy Director of the SRLN network), Erika Rickard (Associate Director of Field Research, Access to Justice Lab, Harvard Law School) and Jamie Gamble (Program Director, National Center for Access to Justice) focused on the US ‘Justice Index’ and included an interactive discussion on pros, cons and complementarities of approaches to determining and measuring best practices with regard to access to justice, as well as approaches to Access to justice across the Atlantic.