The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Xandra Kramer (1971), a professor of Private Law at Erasmus School of Law, with a Vici grant. This Vici grant will enable her to further develop her innovative line of research in the area of civil justice and to consolidate her research group in the coming five years. Vici is one of the largest scientific grants for individuals in the Netherlands and targets advanced researchers.
Access to justice is a human right guaranteed by the European Human Rights Convention and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and is crucial for sustainable economic growth. At the same time, it is the fundamental right that is most often violated. At the heart of effective access to civil justice lies litigation funding and cost management.
The project will assess new pathways to civil justice funding and cost schemes, with a view to developing a balanced financing system, thereby securing access to justice in Europe. Xandra Kramer's project will analyse the development of private financing and cost mechanisms in several European jurisdictions and examine them against the background of ensuring access to justice as a fundamental right. This will result in a framework for financing and cost rules that contributes to a sustainable European civil justice system.
Kramer conducts pioneering research on civil justice in the European and international context. Her mission is to improve access to civil justice for all and in a tailor-made jacket. She advises the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security and the Dutch Council for the Judiciary. Kramer combines her position at Erasmus School of Law with a part-time professorship in Private International Law at Utrecht University. In addition, she is a Deputy Judge at the District Court of Rotterdam.
Dean Suzan Stoter: "I am extremely proud of this performance by Xandra and thank the faculty for the presence of this top professor with her team."
The Vici grant builds on the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for the ongoing project Building EU Civil Justice, which was awarded to her in 2016. In 2010 she was awarded a Vidi grant by NWO. Last year Kramer was elected member to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), based on her outstanding scientific achievements. Members of the KNAW are leading scientists from all disciplines and are appointed for life.