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Quo Vadis Civil Justice? Filling the gaps in civil justice in the U.S. and Europe

Spring 2021-- Three-part Zoom event

Third panel discussion: "Rethinking and redesigning civil justice systems - What Works and Why?"

 Friday May 28 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern U.S. time

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?

As civil justice systems are changing on both sides of the Atlantic, how do we address the systemic design questions? It is clear that what comes next for civil justice systems is not what many observers and commentators have long accepted as a given. To a significant degree the changes on both sides of the Atlantic resulted from conscious policy-making efforts. Where are these efforts headed?

While the aims of civil justice systems are being revisited, previously favored or dominant mechanisms for delivery of civil justice are losing their popularity or importance (as to some extent is the case with litigation in the U.S.), and it is not always clear what other mechanisms, better fitting the revised understanding of the aims of civil justice, are to replace them. The scope of the civil justice systems is opening up to new mechanisms and new interesting approaches offered by new technologies. Among the many questions to be addressed when redesigning civil justice systems, two are particularly pressing. They will be the main points of focus of the panel. The first one concerns the constitutional guarantees of access to justice and due process. The second issue relates to recognition that among the plethora of available civil justice mechanisms, a thoughtful and reasoned choice needs to be made to address different types of cases.



Stefaan Voet (KU Leuven)

Mary Bartkus (Hughes, Hubbard, & Reed)

Manuel Gomez (FIU Law)

Christopher Hodges (the University of Oxford)

Lorenz Kodderitzsch (Johnson & Johnson)

Alexandra Lahav (UConn School of Law)

Nick May (Federal Trade Commission)

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

Magdalena Tulibacka (Emory Law)


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: log-in and (virtual) coffee, housekeeping by Magdalena Tulibacka (Emory Law)

9:00 a.m.: Start of the panel session

Moderator: Stefaan Voet (KU Leuven)

9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Christopher Hodges (the University of Oxford)

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.: Mary Bartkus (Hughes, Hubbard & Reed)

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.: Manuel Gomez (FIU Law)

10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.: Magdalena Tulibacka (Emory Law)

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Short Q&A

10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.: ‘top-up your coffee’ break

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Alexandra Lahav (UConn School of Law)

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Lorenz Kodderitzsch (Johnson & Johnson)

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.: Nick May (Assistant Regional Director, Federal Trade Commission)

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:Graham Russell (Chief Executive of the Office of Product Safety and Standards, UK)

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Q&A

12:30 p.m.: Conclusion of the panel session, conclusion of the series.