Confinement has severely curtailed our freedom of movement, but it has certainly not put an end to disagrements and disputes.
Citizens and businesses needing to take procedural action in a cross-border case may be unable to do so due to emergency measures taken in an EU Member State in order to counter the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
These measures may result in the complete or partial suspension of the work of courts and authorities; the temporary inability to obtain legal aid; difficulty to access information normally provided by the competent authorities; other practical issues, for instance delays in enforcing a decision in a cross-border context or in serving a judicial document; temporary adjustments in terms of communication with the public (by email, by phone or by postal mail).
With this is mind, the e-Justice Portal has opened a page aiming to provide an overview of temporary measures taken within the European Union in relation to the COVID-19 virus. The page gives access to a table (pdf document) with information provided by the EJN contact points – and the usual disclaimer: ‘If you need additional information, please consult the webpages of the Ministry of Justice of the Member State for which you need information’
As the situation is changing rapidly and information on this topic is still evolving, the page is updated regularly to reflect new developments.
The EAPIL blog hosts an ongoing on-line symposium aimed to explore the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the phenomena of mobility and exchange that form the constituent elements of private international law, and to discuss the responses that private international law rules provide to the challenges posed by the crisis itself. Contributions on this topic have been proposed so far by Giovanni Chiapponi, Matthias Lehmann and Tomaso Ferando. Those interested in proposing a guest post for publication on these issues are encouraged to contact the blog’s editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org.