The Future of Civil Litigation

Access to Courts and Court-annexed Mediation in the Nordic Countries

  • Laura Ervo
  • Anna Nylund

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Laura Ervo
    Pages 1-6
  3. Understanding the Civil Justice in the Nordic Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Sigurður Tómas Magnússon, Katrín Oddsdóttir
      Pages 53-73
  4. Mediation and the Role of Courts

  5. Access to Court: Problems and Solutions

  6. Outlook and Conclusion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 429-431

About this book


This book offers an analysis of the current trends and developments in Nordic civil litigation, and is divided into four main parts. In the first part a picture of the current civil litigation landscape is provided by focusing on whether there is a truly Nordic form of civil litigation, the current state of Nordic civil litigation, the recent major reforms of civil procedure legislation, and the effects of Europeanization. In the second part, the way rules on court-connected mediation have been implemented and practiced in the Nordic countries is discussed. The authors offer their insights on why court-connected mediation has not been fully embraced by Nordic lawyers, and the Nordic approach to this type of mediation is contrasted with the Austrian and German approaches. In the third part, recent developments affecting access to justice in the Nordic countries are discussed. Among the topics are changes in legal aid schemes, the impact of recent civil procedure law reforms, hindrances for larger companies to use litigation as a method of dispute resolution, and differences in costs and delays. Additionally, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Class or Group Actions are explored as methods to enhance access to justice. The potential adverse effects of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Group Actions are also examined, both in a Nordic and European context. In the final part, conclusions are drawn from both historical and future-oriented perspectives.


Access to Court Civil Litigation Class Actions Court Culture Mediation

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Ervo
    • 1
  • Anna Nylund
    • 2
  1. 1.JPSUniversity of ÖrebroÖrebroSweden
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway

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