Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the entire SCAN2 Consortium are pleased to announce the opening of a call for papers to be presented at the final conference of the Small Claims Analysis Net 2 (SCAN2) project on the European Small Claims Procedure that will take place on 22nd and 23rd February 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

Place: TBC

The SCAN2 final conference:

The two main pillars of the SCAN2 final conference will be first, to present the acquired research results of the SCAN2 project to the public, and second, to bring together international academics, practitioners, doctoral students, and citizens through organising a supranational forum aiming at discussing the latest legal developments on the existing legal remedies for the small claims models of dispute resolutions for consumers within the European Union.

Thus, research papers that contribute to the broad body of knowledge in legal analysis of the European models of small claims dispute resolution and online dispute resolution (ODR) will be considered for this conference. Special consideration will be made for the topics discussing the European Small Claims Procedure Regulation 861/2007 (as amended by Reg. 2015/2421); however, we also

encourage authors, in particular the early-career researchers, to present their academic contributions to the Conference and receive fruitful feedback from the panels upon their presentations at the event. The main Conference themes cover the following areas, including but not exclusive to:

  • small claims remedies for consumers;
  • online dispute resolution for small claims;
  • cross-border justice for consumers;
  • small claims judgment and enforcement challenges;
  • consumer privacy and data protection in using technology for resolving small claims;
  • the connection between the Brussels Ia Regulation and the Regulations on the European Enforcement Order, the European Small Claims Procedure, the European Payment Order and the European Account Preservation Order and their implementation in national procedural law;
  • best national and supranational practices of national small claims proceedings;
  • digitalisation of small claims proceedings;
  • different fora for the initiation of the small claims proceedings.
  • relationship between the Digital Service Act and ODR for consumers
  • the future of consumer ODR
  • the revision of the new ADR directive and small claims

The submission must respect the following envisaged timeline:

21 January 2024 – deadline for abstracts – c.a. 500 words – (1st stage)

28 January 2024 – notification of abstract acceptance

22-23 February 2024 – Paper presentations at the Conference

31 March 2024 – deadline for final submissions (2nd stage)

30 April 2024 – notification of acceptance after double-blind peer-review process

30 June 2024  papers get published in an edited book in the following series: the Italian-Spanish Journal of Procedure Law (RIEDP – Revista Italo espanola de derecho procesal).

Background to the SCAN2 project:

The SCAN2 project was originally designed to analyze the effectiveness of the European Small Claims Procedure Regulation 861/2007 (as amended by Reg. 2015/2421) through providing a platform for this legislative instrument to highlight the added value of the ESCP. For more information on the SCAN2 Project visit:

Information for the authors

  • Submissions are made in a two-stage procedure:
    • in the 1st stage, abstracts (ca. 500 words) will be evaluated by the Editors to assess their quality and suitability to the overall project;
    • in the 2nd stage, full submissions will undergo a double, blind peer-review process by appointed, external, anonymous reviewers.
  • Full contributions should normally be between 6,000 – 10,000 words; contributions of both shorter and higher word length may also be submitted, subject to negotiation with the editors.
  • Upon accepting and presenting the paper to the Conference, the participants will receive the certificate of presentation by the Conference Chair.
  • Submissions should be made anonymously in English and sent via Easy Chair. (Click here)
  • The best paper will be awarded a prize of 500,00 EUR. The Prize will be awarded for the best paper submitted to the conference after accepting the abstract. Co-authored articles will divide the prize.
  • For any specific academic inquiries, you may contact the Conference Chair, Prof. Marco Giacalone at
  • For  any  other  inquiries,  you  can  contact  the  Conference  Liaison  Ms.  Sajedeh  Salehi  at and Ms. Paola Giacalone at:

Notice: The content of this Conference represents the views of the Organisers and speakers only and remains their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.

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