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President Diana Wallis in Brussels at the European Justice Stakeholders Forum

The ELI President, Diana Wallis, participated today in an open event on ‘The Future of Justice in the EU: challenges & opportunities’ organised by the European Justice Stakeholders Forum. Among other speakers were Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Tiina Astola, New Director General for DG Justice, European Commission and Lord Justice Geoffrey Vos, President of the ENJC, which is one of the ELI institutional observers.

President Wallis spoke during the first session, which focused on the ‘Impact of technology on the future of EU justice’. This panel, where the European Commission was represented by Jurgen Tiedje (Head of Unit of DG Grow E1), analyzed the impact of the use of technology on the legal sector, facilitating access to justice but at the same time raising significant questions over the future regulation of the legal sector.

The event also covered two other topics: the rising role of International Courts in law making, and another topical issue on which the ELI is currently running a new project, “migration and the rule of law”. More information about the event will be available soon on this website.

Later this week, on 18 February, Diana Wallis will participate in a conference on the ‘New EU rules for digital contract - the Commission proposals on contract rules for the supply of digital content and online sales across the EU’, organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA). The conference aims at debating the central issues of the proposals for Directives covering harmonised rules for the supply of digital content and mandatory contract rights for online and distance sales of goods, which the European Commission published on 9 December. This event follows the ELI Conference on “New Rules for Contracts in the Digital Single Market” which took place in Vienna on 21-22 January.

Among distinguished speakers will be Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, member of the ELI Council Professor Matthias E. Storme, Professor at the Institute for Commercial and Insolvency Law, KU Leuven, and Professor Dirk Staudenmayer, Head of Unit – Contract Law, DG Justice, European Commission, Brussels. You can find the official agenda of this meeting here.