Digitalisation of Civil Justice Systems in Europe

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Quick Facts

Project Type: Principles
Procedure: Regular
Adopted: February 2023
Project Period: March 2023–September 2024


The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of digital communication. The need for digitalisation of justice is self-evident in an increasingly digitalised society. Advantages for justice include easier access to legal proceedings and relevant legal information for citizens and more efficient work processes for judges and lawyers. In the past decade governments have invested in digitalising justice, but the level of digitalisation differs from country to country and within the EU. There is significant room for improvement, but matching technology to legal needs, including protection of fundamental rights, is complex.


The primary purpose of the project is to provide an overarching framework to improve the use of digital technology in the judiciary. It will bundle dispersed knowledge and research, and facilitate digitalising civil justice systems while securing fundamental values of civil procedure. 


The project aims to produce a set of principles, deriving fundamental rights from Article 6(1) ECHR and Article 47 of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, and largely based on the ELI-UNIDROIT Model European Rules of Civil Procedure and on existing studies of digitalisation of justice systems.

Events, Publications and Other Activities

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Project Reporters

  • Masood Ahmed (Associate Reporter)
  • Xandra Kramer (Associate Reporter)
  • Jiří Novák (Associate Reporter)
  • Dory Reiling (Lead Reporter)

Project Team Members

  • Peter Homoki
  • Marco Velicogna
  • Anna Skrjabina
  • Iain G Mitchell KC
  • Blerina Bulica (Project Assistant)

  • Ioana Cornescu (Project Assistant)
  • Emma van Gelder (Project Assistant)
  • Erlis Themeli (Project Assistant)

Advisory Committee Members

  • Lorena Bachmaier-Winter (Assessor)
  • Teresa Bielska-Sobkowicz (Assessor)
  • Giulio Borsari
  • Natalie Byrom
  • Brett Dixon
  • Martin Ebers
  • Simone Ginzburg
  • Iliana Kosti
  • Jean Lassègue
  • Victoria McCloud
  • Matthias Neumayr (Assessor)
  • Anna Nylund
  • Giesela Rühl
  • Rimantas Simaitis
  • John Sorabji
  • Eva Storskrubb
  • Jelle van Veenen
  • Jin Ho Verdonschot
  • Nicolas von Werdt
  • Geoffrey Vos (Assessor)

Members Consultative Committee

  • Lorena Bachmaier-Winter (Chair)
  • Ole Böger
  • Alessandra De Luca
  • Marco Giacalone
  • Marta Hernández
  • Rónán Kennedy
  • Nicolas Kyriakides
  • Sebastian Schwamberger