Pablo Cortés

Pablo Cortés

Professor of Civil Justice 
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5332

Personal details

Licenciado (Vigo), LLM (Limerick), PhD (Cork), Member of the Spanish Bar, Ávila (non-practising), Certified as Catedrático in Spain (ANECA)

I have a chair in Civil Justice at Leicester Law School where I teach and conduct research in the field of dispute resolution, civil procedure and consumer law. I have been invited to speak in many international conferences and expert meetings, including

  • the UN Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL WG III)
  • the European Commission (DG SANCO and DG JUSTICE)
  • the European Parliament (IMCO and JURI)

I am a fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolutions (University of Massachusetts) and in 2012, I was a Gould Research Fellow at Stanford University.

I am a member of the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Taskforce of the International Mediation Institute and of the ODR Advisory Group of the Civil Justice Council.

In the 2014 REF, I was selected as one of the Impact Case Studies for Leicester Law School based on my role assisting the European Commission in the drafting of the ADR Directive and the ODR Regulation.

Research Interests

  • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Procedure
  • Comparative Law
  • E-commerce
  • Consumer Law

I have recently completed two research projects with a budget of over £100k.

The first one was a research grant awarded by the European Commission as part of a consortium of universities with the task of proposing legislative action to promote online mediation for civil and commercial matters.

The second grant was awarded by the Nuffield Foundation to evaluate from a socio-legal perspective the main consumer ADR schemes operating in the EU.


  • The Law of Consumer Redress in an Evolving Digital Market (Cambridge University Press, 2017) in press.
  • “The Online Court: Filling the Gaps of the Civil Justice System?” (2017) 36(1) Civil Justice Quarterly 54-71.
  • (ed) The New Regulatory Framework for Consumer Dispute Resolution (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “Enforcing EU Consumer Policy More Effectively: A Three-Pronged Approach” in S. Drake and M. Smith, New Directions in the Effective Enforcement of EU Law and Policy (Edward Elgar, 2016).
  • “The Impact of EU Law in the ADR Landscape in Italy, Spain and the UK: Time for Change or Missed Opportunity?” (2015) 16(2) ERA Forum 125–147.
  • “A New Regulatory Framework For Extra-Judicial Consumer Redress: Where We Are And How To Move Forward" (2015) 35(1) Legal Studies, 114-141.
  • “Consumer Dispute Resolution Goes Online: Reflections on the Evolution of European Law for Out-Of-Court Redress” (2014) 21(1) Maastricht Journal 14-38 (with A. Lodder).
  • “Building a Global Redress System for Low-Value Cross-Border Disputes” (2013) 62(2) International Comparative Law Quarterly 407-440 (with F. Esteban de la Rosa)
  • “A Comparative Review of Offers to Settle – Would an Emerging Settlement Culture Pave the Way for their Adoption in Continental Europe? (2013) 32(1) Civil Justice Quarterly 42-67.
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Full publication list (pdf)



Inaugural Lecture: Pablo Cortés, 9 May 2017

Inaugural Lecture: Pablo Cortés, 9 May 2017

Posted by ab98 at May 09, 2017 01:55 PM |

‘Civil Justice Reform and the Changing Nature of Dispute Resolution’ will explore the role technology and extrajudicial processes can play in reforming the civil justice system.

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Legal academic invited to deliver a keynote on ADR at international conference

Legal academic invited to deliver a keynote on ADR at international conference

Posted by ab98 at Oct 19, 2015 01:33 PM |

Dr Pablo Cortés delivers a keynote presentation on Alternate and Online Dispute Resolution at the annual conference of the International Society of Legal Protection Insurers (RIAD) in Brussels.

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The Transformation of Consumer Dispute Resolution in the EU

The Transformation of Consumer Dispute Resolution in the EU

Posted by ab98 at Oct 19, 2015 01:20 PM |

At some point all of us have complaints against traders and businesses, but are the courts the best place to settle them?

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Dr Pablo Cortés presents to the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament

Dr Pablo Cortés presents to the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament

Posted by ab98 at May 07, 2015 11:25 AM |

Report and presentation on the European Small Claims Procedure

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