ERC Consolidator Grants
The ERC Consolidator Grants are granted to scholars who wish to consolidate their independence by establishing a research team and continuing to develop a success career in Europe. Also, scholars who have recently created an independent, excellent research team and want to strengthen this team, are eligible for the Consolidator Grant. Below, you will find an overview of the scholars at Erasmus University Rotterdam who have received this grant.
ERC Consolidator Grant in 2017
Thanks to an ERC Consolidator Grant, Xandra Kramer (Professor of European civil procedure, Erasmus School of Law), will conduct research that will contribute to effective and equal access to justice for EU citizens. Professor Kramer’s research aims to improve access to civil justice as guaranteed by the Human Rights Convention and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Civil justice is under constant pressure resulting from the often high costs, complexity and long duration of civil procedures in many EU Member States.
Key issues in the current efforts to bridge the access to justice gap at the EU and national level are digitalization of procedures, privatization of justice, an increased possibility of self-representation, and specialization of courts and procedures. While these are potentially ground-breaking in contributing to easier and cheaper access to courts and private forms of adjudication, a one-sided focus on procedural efficiency or economic advantage may have repercussions for procedural justice and the inclusive quality of the civil justice system. The project will investigate how these trends influence access to justice in five representative Member States, and what the repercussions are for the emerging EU civil justice system.