Procedure Matters: Construction and Deconstructivism in European Civil Procedure

Erasmus Law Lectures 33 (Inaugural Lecture), Eleven International Publishing, 2013

30 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2013 Last revised: 30 Dec 2013

Xandra E. Kramer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law; Utrecht University School of Law

Date Written: October 01, 2013

Abstract

On 20 January 2012, Xandra Kramer was installed as holder of the Chair of European Civil Procedure at the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She specialises in private international law and civil procedure, and takes an interest in empirical legal research. In 2012, she joined the Erasmus School of Law interdisciplinary research programme ‘Behavioural Approaches to Contract and Tort’.

In her inaugural lecture she stresses the importance of effective procedural law rules to enforce rights and act as the guarantor of fundamental rights. The enforcement of cross border rights is complicated by the huge differences in civil procedure as well as legal and practical obstacles. These complications jeopardise the right of access to justice and fair trial, and have as a result triggered the harmonisation of civil procedure. She illustrates that the gradual harmonisation of civil procedure within the EU is largely ad hoc and lacks both a vision and an architectural plan. The ‘deconstructivism’ in European civil procedure is a potential source of injustice and may endanger rather than improve access to justice. This necessitates a fundamental debate on the foundations and future architecture of European civil procedure in which common denominators should be access to justice, securing quality of justice, and best practices based on empirical evidence. She urges academics to be at the forefront in creating a blueprint for the future of European civil procedure.

Keywords: european civil procedure, access to justice, fundamental rights, harmonisation, procedural deconstructivism

JEL Classification: K40, K41, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Kramer, Xandra E., Procedure Matters: Construction and Deconstructivism in European Civil Procedure (October 01, 2013). Erasmus Law Lectures 33 (Inaugural Lecture), Eleven International Publishing, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2372713

Xandra E. Kramer (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Utrecht University School of Law ( email )

Janskerkhof 3
Utrecht, 3512 BK
Netherlands

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