Who we are
European Justice Forum (“EJF”) is a non-profit organisation formed in 2005 to promote balanced, transparent and efficient access to civil justice for consumers and enterprises in Europe without incurring the damage that would arise from the adoption of class actions.
Through its membership and its office in Brussels, EJF engages in an open dialogue with opinion leaders in EU Institutions, national Governments and other relevant stakeholders. EJF develops position papers and other outreach materials, organizes expert debates and participates in factual events.
Functions & board tasks
The core committee responsible for the development of EJF is the Board. The board appoints the Chairman as well as the Executive Director. Important decisions related to EJF as a non-for-profit organization are confirmed or approved by the General Meeting to which all members are invited. A Secretariat is supporting the day-to-day activities. Details of EJF’s Corporate Governance are laid out in its Statutes.
The Board calls/meetings as well as the General Meeting are chaired by the Chairman of EJF. The Chairman is part of the board and supervising EJF’s activities.
The Executive Director is responsible for the general management of EJF and responsible for the operational lead of EJF’s secretariat. He is the core contact for political, regulatory & academic outreach and an important interface to members as well as for driving the strategic development of the association. He is also part of the Board.
The secretariat is responsible for tasks related to regulatory monitoring, communications, outreach, event support and operational issues.
Presentation of board members and management
Ekkart Kaske has been Executive Director of the European Justice Forum since mid-2017. In this position, he is responsible for the operational and strategic development of the association. He focuses on topics such as collective redress, efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution, better regulation, digitalization, as well as ethical and open culture.
During more than 12 years, Ekkart Kaske worked for global players (Allianz SE, Zurich Insurance Group) in Government Affairs and Public Policy activities. His tasks, among others, covered the set-up of the Representative Office in Berlin for Allianz and heading the Government & Industry Affairs department at Zurich Insurance Group, in Germany, with a co-lead period of EU activities. Building on his experience in strategic communications and on regulatory and reputational risk management, Ekkart Kaske then founded a consultancy specialized in corporate diplomacy in Berlin.
Earlier in his career, he worked for nearly 10 years in the Operations area of financial services companies - including four in leading positions in China. He also gained further experience in Business Development at a Telematics start-up in Trieste, Italy. Ekkart Kaske studied Business Economics in Munich, Glasgow (UK) and Bayreuth. During his Executive MBA at Kellogg School of Management (Chicago/Evanston) in cooperation with WHU (Vallendar), he focused on Political Risk Management and Government Relations.
A native German with also a French nationality, Ekkart Kaske is fluent in German, French and English. He and his wife, a native of France, have three sons and reside in Berlin.
"We need to look at the whole process and start with capturing disputes and their developments at earliest possible stage to move from insights to foresight and prevention via feedback loops."
Sebastian Stolzke, Dr. iur., is a Senior Legal Counsel within the corporate law department of Zurich Insurance Group in Zurich, Switzerland. He is responsible for litigation and investigation matters of Zurich Insurance on a group wide basis, with a focus on EMEA. He is the chairman of the European Justice Forum since 2015.
"We at EJF are promoting best practices for an efficient and effective delivery of a balanced justice for consumers and business alike."
Prior to joining Zurich Insurance Group in 2010, Sebastian Stolzke worked for four years in the litigation and arbitration practice of Homburger, one of the leading Swiss law firms, in Zurich. Before that he was an associate with Latham & Watkins and Clifford Chance, practicing law in Frankfurt, Germany and New York, USA. His focus in private practice was on securities litigation, cross-border disputes, class and mass actions. Sebastian Stolzke studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Vienna and Konstanz and received his doctor iuris magna cum laude from Cologne University.
Sebastian Stolzke regularly publicizes on litigation and arbitration themes and is a sought-after speaker at conferences on litigation and investigation topics. Sebastian Stolzke is also a board member of the Swiss E-Discovery & Investigations Association and a passive member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich and enjoys fishing, hiking and skiing during his leisure time.
Lorenz Ködderitzsch, Ph.D., LL.M., is an Assistant General Counsel within the corporate law department of Johnson & Johnson in Brussels. He is responsible for legal support of medical device franchises of Johnson & Johnson in EMEA. Lorenz Ködderitzsch has been on the board of European Justice Forum since 2006 and served as its chairman between 2008 and 2015.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in 2003, Lorenz Ködderitzsch worked for seven years in one of the leading German corporate law firms in Düsseldorf and Tokyo and was an associate professor of law at the State University of Kyushu in Japan for two years. Lorenz Ködderitzsch received his legal education at the Universities of Freiburg, Tokyo and Washington (Seattle).
Andrew Mills is the Legal Director for the UK and Ireland business of Experian, the global data business listed on the London stock exchange. He has been working for Experian since 2007.
Although very definitely a lawyer (he is admitted as a lawyer in both England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and is also a non-practising notary public), Andrew began is career in the world of electronic engineering with Marconi and often brings a different perspective. He remains a member of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology.
His in-house legal team provides support to Experian on a wide range of matters including working closely with colleagues in the compliance team on regulatory matters and contracting with clients through to handling litigation and leading on global brand protection for the group. In keeping with his background, Andrew is driving transformation in the legal function with a focus on using data and agile methodologies.
Before Experian, Andrew was a partner in the English law firm Freeths LLP, where he led the Intellectual Property & Information Technology team.
Outside work, he still cannot believe that he is old enough to have young grandchildren and he tries to remind himself that he is still young by enjoying outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, cycling and (not as often as he would like) scuba diving as well as live music.
“We believe that the best way of handling a dispute is by avoiding it in the first place. To do that, we need to listen to clients and customers and use feedback to keep improving. We also must give people an effective and accessible way to complain and properly deal with those complaints; not only is this the best way of avoiding an escalation of a problem but this is also an important part of the feedback process.”
Silvia Kim is an Assistant General Counsel in the Defense Litigation & Investigations Group of Philip Morris Products S.A., based in Lausanne since 2017. She was previously based in New York. She oversees product liability litigation in Asia, the E.U., Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Philip Morris, Silvia was outside counsel in a number of law firms in Costa Rica and in the United States.
Theodor Bachmann is Managing Director and Head of the Property & Casualty Underwriting Centre in Property & Specialty Reinsurance. His team focuses primarily on steering the P&C Reinsurance underwriting approach, building and maintaining the P&C Reinsurance costing infrastructure, ensuring contract and wording consistency, advising the underwriting community on key challenges and driving key global initiatives.
Theodor joined Swiss Re in 2007 to drive the external strategy within the claims function and then held the role of Head of Key Case Management till June 2017. Previously he was Head of Retrocession & Portfolio Management at Converium and spent 9 years in various senior Retrocession/Risk Management positions in GE Insurance Solutions.
"Swiss Re has been an EJF member since 2008. We see the main impact of EJF in the cross-sector partnership. That will help in enabling efficient, fast and low-cost access to justice for consumers and businesses. In addition the comparative research insights provided by Professor Christopher Hodges at Oxford University make an important contribution. This helps understanding which elements of a justice system work well. A key step in designing solutions that work and – in our view – a prerequisite for an informed political debate."
In addition, Theodor currently serves on the Board of B3i, the European Justice Forum and the Board of Overseers at RAND's Institute for Civil Justice.
Theodor was born in 1971 and is a German citizen. He holds a Diploma in Mathematics from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.
Arundel McDougall was the Secretary General of the European Justice Forum from mid 2017 to 2018, and had been acting beforehand as Executive Director since 2012. After graduating from Oxford University, Arundel practised as a commercial litigation lawyer in several major London law firms for over thirty years, handling complex product liability and competition damages cases, including group actions.
Our members and legal network
Major Corporate and Board Members
Johnson & Johnson
Philip Morris Products S.A.
Swiss Reinsurance Company Limited
Zurich Insurance Group
Ford Motor Company
Japan Tobacco International
Merck & Co., Inc
Procter & Gamble
The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Inc
EJF Legal Network
|Baltics||Roschier Raidla & Partners|
|Belgium||CMS De Backer|
|Denmark||Gorrissen Federspiel Kierkegaard|
|Finland||Hammarström Pukakka Partners|
|Germany||CMS & Hasche Sigle|
|Greece||Bahas Grammatidis & Partners|
|Hungary||Noer Stiefenhoffer Lutz|
|Ireland||Matheson Ormsby Prentice|
|Italy||Gianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners|
|Poland||CMS Cameron McKenna LLP|
|Portugal||Gómez-Acebo & Pomb|
|Spain||Uria & Menendez|
|Sweden||Hammarskiold & Co|
|Switzerland||CMS von Erlach Henrici|
|Switzerland||Bär & Karrer|
|UK||Shook Hardy & Bacon|