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New year, new ERC team member!

On 1 January 2020 Betül Kas joined our ERC team as a postdoc researcher on the subproject on privatisation of civil justice. She is the successor of Alexandre Biard, who as of December 2019 continued his career as a senior advisor at BEUC in Brussels, where he will be able to use his extensive research experience for the benefit of enforcing consumer rights in the EU. We are grateful for his invaluable contribution to our project, resulting in an impressive number of publications and conference presentations among others. We all greatly appreciated his many initiatives, his fieldwork, support of the other researchers, work spirit, and good sense of humour. We are happy to keep him in our team as an affiliated researcher and look forward to our futher collaboration.

We welcome Betül to our team as the successor of Alexandre for the postdoc project on privatisation. She has an impressive track record, having worked among others as a PhD researcher in the ERC Advanced project of Hans Micklitz at the European University Institute in Florence and as a postdoc researcher in the Vidi project led by Chantal Mak at the University of Amsterdam. Her German background will further strengthen our research on German law and practice. One of her research focuses will be the interaction between public and private justice. We are very happy to have Betül on our team and look forward to working with her in 2020 and onwards!

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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.