dr. (Erlis) E Themeli

dr. (Erlis) E Themeli
Visiting fellow Erasmus School of Law Civil Law
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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Title of research: Competition of Civil Justice Systems in the European Union.

Promotor: Prof. X.E. Kramer

If two companies from Germany and Spain enter into a contract, they can choose which court will be competent for claims arising from it. While making this choice, these parties will take into account different elements and will opt for the best solution. Countries are concerned by this, so they change their legislation to be more attractive to litigations or/and to keep litigations within their jurisdictions. In other words, they compete with each other by means of their civil justice systems.

My research will answer this question: How do civil justice systems compete in the European Union area? In addition, it will answer these two sub-questions that stream from the main question: Under what conditions and with what consequences does this kind of competition happen? How do private parties and governments influence it, and how are they influenced by it?

This research will fill the gap in the literature with an analysis of the competition of civil justice systems. It will start with the motives of the parties to choose a particular jurisdiction, and continue with the policies enacted by governments. Light will be shed on the mechanisms of competition of civil justice systems, and on the role and responses of parties and governments.

This work will be important for lawyers. They can use it to understand how parties - their counter parties - behave, and what their behavioural tendencies are in different places in Europe. It can show to EU Member States how a competition involving civil justice systems works, what the different elements of it are, how it is influenced by different elements, and the specific weight that each element has. In view of the ongoing harmonisation process in the EU, this research can show whether a harmonisation, a non-binding instrument, or more incentives to competition involving jurisdiction are better for the EU.

Erlis graduated from the Faculty of Law at Tirana University in 2006. He worked as an associate lawyer for the Kalo and Associates Law Firm in Tirana from June 2005 to December 2007. From January 2008 until August 2011, he worked as Chief of the Projects Sector at the High Council of Justice in Albania. Erlis obtained an LL.M. master's degree from the University of Groningen in 2012. In November 2012, he started his PhD research on the competition of civil justice system at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

  • Erlis Themeli (2017) - A survey on the choice of court in the EU: Implications for the competition of civil justice systems

  • Erlis Themeli (2019) - Discussant for lecture of Arne Wofarth on ‘Recalibrating Citizenship – Social Services in Welfare Service States’

  • Erlis Themeli (2017) - Ius Commune Annual Conference - Ius Commune Annual Conference

  • Erlis Themeli & Stefan Philipsen (2019) - Presentation ‘Applying AI in Courts: Opportunities and Challenges from a Human Rights Perspective’ during the workshop ‘Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Rights’ - Ius Commune Conference
  • Erlis Themeli (2019) - Presentation ‘The Virtual Courtroom and Users’ Perception’, during the workshop ‘Technology for Civil Justice’ - Ius Commune Conference
  • Georgia Antonopoulou & Erlis Themeli (2019) - International commercial courts in Europe: Tips and tricks to go viral - Nationaal en internationaal procederen
  • Georgia Antonopoulou & Erlis Themeli (2018) - Masterclass Research on International Commercial Courts - Nationaal en internationaal procederen
  • Erlis Themeli (2018) - EU civil justice competition and the digitisation of civil procedures - Symposium with the Private Law Department of the Carlos III University
  • Erlis Themeli (2017) - Arbitration and Business Law Master - Guest Lecturer

  • Erlis Themeli (2019) - Introduction to international commercial courts
  • Erlis Themeli (2019) - The challenges of artificial intelligence in courts
  • Erlis Themeli, Emma van Gelder & J.M.L. van Duin (2019) - Digital and Intelligent Europe: EU Citizens, Justice and the Challenges of New Technologies
  • Stefano Puntoni, Gijs van Oenen, Stefan Philipsen & Erlis Themeli (2018) - The impact of Artificial Intelligence on dispute resolution

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