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Book New Pathways to Civil Justice is out

Our book New pathways to civil justice in Europe has just been published by Springer. It results from one of the international conferences organized by our ERC group (’Challenge accepted!’) and this one was particularly memorable. The book focuses on innovative pathways to civil justice with a view to improving access to justice. It encompasses the four key topics of the project: use of Artificial Intelligence and its interaction with judicial systems; ADR and ODR tracks in privatising justice systems; the effects of increased self-representation on access to justice; and court specialization and the establishment of commercial courts to counter the trend of vanishing court trials. Top academics and experts from Europe, the US and Canada address these topics in a critical and multidisciplinary manner, combining legal, socio-legal and empirical insights. More information and sales available at the Springer website. The Introductory chapter by the editors (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and the final chapter by Judith Resnik (Yale University) are available for free download.

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Published: May 24, 2019

On May 23 and 24, Jos Hoevenaars joined the community of scholars working on the role of the ECJ for the seminar ‘Sharing Power and Responsibility: On the Role of European Courts in EU Soci(et)al Challenges’ at Helsinki University in Finland. The seminar focused on the role of the ECJ in responding to social challenges as well as on national point(s) of view in terms of how national courts (do not) mobilise EU law to affect change in socio-economic yet ultimately legal situations – or legal yet ultimately socio-economic – which they consider problematic. Jos was invited to present his work on the ECJ and empirical insights into the preliminary reference procedure. His contribution focused on the advantages of in-depth bottom approaches to litigation in the European sphere and the role of individual litigants in shaping the European legal field through the ECJ’s jurisprudence.