On 20 July 2021, the European Law Institute hosted a webinar on ‘Future of Civil Procedural Law – ELI-UNIDROIT Model European Rules of Civil Procedure and Their Impact’ to reflect on the impact the Model Rules have had and might have, in the field.

The webinar, held on the occasion of the ELI’s 10th anniversary, featured an opening by Deputy Secretary-General Anna Veneziano on the history of the joint project , with an emphasis on its origins and architecture, the wide array of sources the drafters had had to take into account, and on the structure of the final instrument.

Magdalena Tulibacka (Adjunct Professor, Emory Law) followed with a presentation of the academic perspective on the ELI-UNIDROIT Model European Rules of Civil Procedure and its impact in terms of desired values and practical results, whereas Norel Rosner (Legal and Policy Officer, DG Justice and Consumers, Unit A1 Civil Justice) discussed the interplay between the Model Rules and the EU acquis, in particular focusing on instances when these Rules have influenced EU law, on their possible future impact, on the examples of EU acquis’ effect on the Model Rules and on illustrations where EU acquis and the impact the project had on the drafting of EU regulations. John Sorabji (Barrister, Senior Judicial Institute Fellow at University College London’s Judicial Institute; Member of the ELI-UNIDROIT Project’s Steering Committee) emphasised the significance of the ELI-UNIDROIT Model European Rules in terms of work undertaken by academics, practice lawyers and judges from across Europe.

A lively discussion followed the presentations, and focused on recent developments in the US Federal Rules, on the role of arbitrators and mediators in the future of civil procedure, and on the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods and their relation to courts, among others.

More information and the recording of the webinar is available here.


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