Innovative Business Courts: a European Outlook
Seminar organised by Erasmus School of Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam), the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law in Luxembourg, and the Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution (Utrecht University).
A detailed programme will be announced in the following days.
A number of Member States have recently established or are in the process of establishing specialized commercial courts to facilitate international business litigation. These initiatives can have a profound impact on the litigation landscape in Europe as well as the efficiency and effectivity of justice systems. In February 2018, the French Ministry of Justice inaugurated the International Commercial Chamber within the Paris Court of appeal. Few weeks later, the Dutch House of Representatives voted in favour of the Creation of the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC), which is expected to open its doors on 1 July 2018. In parallel, Belgium is discussing the creation of the Brussels International Business Court (BIBC), whereas an initiative has been launched in Germany to strengthen Frankfurt as a go-to-point for commercial litigation in Europe (the Frankfurt Initiative).
While these courts can contribute to an effective and more tailor-made resolution of complex and international business disputes it also creates new challenges for judges, litigants and the civil justice system as a whole. The objective is to discuss these initiatives and in particular the novelties of the court administration and the procedural rules, to exchange views on the possible impact on international commercial and complex litigation, and to reflect on the challenges ahead. The seminar will gather representatives from different Member States, practitioners and academics.