Jos Hoevenaars joins Vici ‘Affordable Justice’ team

On 1 November 2023, Jos Hoevenaars re-joined Erasmus School of Law after completing a one-year research project at the Dutch Council for the Judiciary which focused on questions of effectiveness of judgments in the Dutch legal system (report available early 2024). Previously, he was part of our ERC ‘Building EU civil justice’ team, where his research focused mainly on (self)representation in court and access to justice in a cross-border context. In 2022, he was the executive project manager for a study commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security and its Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) that looked into the usefulness and necessity of a litigation fund for collective actions in the Netherlands (Dutch report available here, English book forthcoming).

The coming years he will strengthen the Vici ‘Affordable Access to Justice’ team, focusing on costs and funding of collective actions, and he will develop a new line of research in the area of strategic litigation in which he will investigate the collective and representative action field from a legal mobilisation perspective. He will also play a role in the setting up of a European Civil Justice Centre.


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Published: May 13, 2023

On 12 May 2023, the team organised a workshop for the Ius Commune Annual Conference, dedicated to Promises and Pitfalls of Collective Redress in the EU.

The workshop, chaired by Prof. Remco van Rhee, examined the challenges of implementing Directive (EU) 2020/1828 on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers (RAD) in the Member States, as well as cross-border aspects and developments in the funding of collective actions. Speakers included Xandra Kramer, Carlota Ucin, Eduardo Silva de Freitas, Adriani Dori, Adrian Cordina and Jacob van der Tang.