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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 15, 2018

On 8 March, the bill on the establishment of the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC) was passed by the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). The bill is now scheduled for rubber-stamping by the Senate (Eerste Kamer) on 27 March 2018. The NCC is expected to open its doors on 1 July 2018 or shortly after. Xandra Kramer, Erlis Themeli and Georgia Antonopoulou prepared a short post (and update) for conflictoflaws.net, which has also been published on the website on European Civil Procedure. The establishment of the NCC is particularly important for the subproject Court Specialization, which is conducted by Georgia Antonopoulou.