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Quo Vadis Civil Justice?
Filling the Gaps in Civil Justice in the U.S. and Europe

Spring 2021 - A Three-Part Zoom Event

The ‘Filling the Gaps’ series of Zoom events gather lawmakers, policymakers, scholars, business representatives and legal practitioners who, in the span of three panel discussions, will offer insights into the seismic shift the contemporary civil justice systems in Europe and the U.S. are experiencing. They will reflect on the search for just, efficient and effective civil justice mechanisms, trace the trajectories of reforms, assess the reasons for differences in trajectories, and attempt to answer the perennial question: can we learn from one another?

The first panel discussion will focus on reforms and transformations in civil litigation, while the second discussion will shift to the out-of-court civil justice mechanisms, including traditional ADR methods as well as recent innovations in the area of civil justice. The third panel discussion is a capstone to the series. It will address systemic design and re-design questions concerning the transforming civil justice systems.

This event series is sponsored by Emory University School of Law and by the University of Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Swiss Re Programme for Civil Justice Systems.

March 269:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Eastern U.S.)

Panel 1: Current Trends in Civil Litigation

Program & Speaker Bios

April 309:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Eastern U.S.)

Panel 2: American and European Civil Justice on the Cutting Edge of Legal Innovation – Justice Out of Courts

Program & Speaker Bios

May 289:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Eastern U.S.)

Panel 3: Rethinking and Redesigning Civil Justice Systems – What Works and Why?

Program & Speaker Bios


Mary Bartkus (Hughes, Hubbard & Reed)

Alexandre Biard (Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam)

Sean Farhang (Berkeley Law, University of California)

Richard Freer (Emory Law)

Manuel Gomez (FIU Law)

Christopher Hodges (the University of Oxford)

Lorenz Kodderitzsch (Johnson & Johnson)

Xandra Kramer (Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam)

Alexandra Lahav (UConn School of Law)

Thomas Main (University of Nevada)

Pietro Ortolani (Radboud University)

Malgorzata Posnow-Wurm (European Commission)

Rebecca Purdom (Emory Law)

Graham Russell (Chief Executive of the Office of Product Safety and Standards, UK)

John Sorabji (UCL Faculty of Laws)

Magdalena Tulibacka (Emory Law)

Matthew Vickers (Chief Executive and Chief Ombudsman – Ombudsman Services, UK)

Stefaan Voet (KU Leuven)