Project Details


Sustainability is a much-heard concept. The legal community is also confronted with the debate on the sustainable structuring of our society. The judiciary, for instance, increasingly has to deal with disputes in which the government is put on hold on the basis of sustainability goals. Less attention seems to be paid to the question of how sustainable the administration of justice itself is. As a public service, the courts are entrusted with the settlement of disputes, but the question of whether they do so in a sustainable manner, i.e. whether the rules and procedures are equipped to do so, remains unaddressed. The aim of my research proposal is to help answer that question for the system of civil adjudication, i.e. the system for resolving private law disputes. To this end, it examines whether sustainability can serve as a guiding principle of civil adjudication and whether the acceptance of that principle necessitates interventions in this area of the law. This research forms part of a broader analysis into the conception of principles in civil adjudication, in which the functions of those principles are examined.
Effective start/end date1/07/2130/06/25


  • Sustainability
  • civil adjudication
  • guiding principles
  • legal reform and innovation

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Litigation, adjudication and dispute resolution
  • Procedural law
  • Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation
  • Comparative law
  • Legal institutions


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