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EJF engages in debate

Through its membership and its office in Brussels, EJF engages in debate with opinion leaders in both European and national Governments. We advocate effective redress through balanced civil justice systems. EJF’s Public Affairs Groups are based in Brussels and London. They develop position papers and other outreach materials, and it engages with stakeholders in Brussels, particularly in the EU Institutions.

At national level, EJF members engage with national governments. National Committees have been established in the UK, Italy and France.

EJF provides robust resources

Through our website, and our ResourceCentre, we aim to contribute to the debate on the development of redress and civil justice systems across the world.

EJF bases its position on independent legal research

From the beginning, EJF has been clear that it will only add real value to the debate on redress if our advocacy is based on robust, empirical research into European civil justice systems and the methods of redress actually used in Europe.

For this reason, EJF provides supports independent research at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law of Oxford University. Headed by Professor C.S. Hodges, this unit is one of the leading international centers on civil justice systems and redress. It has strong links with other universities in Europe, America and elsewhere. It is increasingly asked to advise Governments.

In December 2007, the Oxford University organised jointly with Stanford University a major Conference on the “Globalisation of Class Actions”. The largest event of its kind ever held, this Conference brought together the leading experts of the subject from all over the world. The proceedings of this Conference have now been published and are set to become required reading for those seeking to set policy in this field ((Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 622, March 2009). More comprehensive national reports and updates can be found on the website of Stanford Law School - in the Global Class Actions Exchange: http://globalclassactions.stanford.edu/. 

Crucially, the Oxford Unit is independent of EJF.  It receives funding but is not controlled by EJF.  The work programme of the Oxford Unit is set and monitored by the Law Faculty at Oxford University.  Because of this independence, its work has the credibility of peer-reviewed research.  It is the policy of EJF to adopt this research as a non-partisan basis on which to found its positions).