HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – 10 December 2018

The Federation of European Bars (FBE) celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in Paris on this day in 1948.

The FBE is proud to defend human rights, access to justice and the rule of law. Our members are aware of the importance of these strong values when in so many parts of the world there is no equality before the law, access to justice is limited to those who have resources, human rights are violated and the rule of law is threatened.

The role of the member bars of the Federation is to support lawyers in defending these values is under threat and we stand together united in our support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and all those who defend human rights, access to justice and the rule of law.


The meeting started with a walking dinner on Thursday night 8th November 2018.

The conference took place on Friday morning 9th November 2018 at the offices of the European Commission  Unter den Linden, Berlin.

The topic was the professional activity as a lawyer. Is it still a dream job for the next generation?

There were representatives from about 20, most European, countries.

The CCBE was represented by its second vice-president Margarete Gräfin Von GALEN and the FBE was represented by its general secretary Charles KAUFHOLD.

The keynote speaker Thomas KRÜMMEL presented the situation of lawyers in Germany. It was interesting to note that concerning the revenue there is a gender gap of 24 %. It was largely discussed what exactly caused this gap but no clear conclusion could be drawn.

Following the speaker, in Germany one lawyer comes on 500 inhabitants. This is a very low number compared to other countries, like for example Austria where the number of inhabitants is 1400 per one lawyer.

The participants of the conference also treated subjects like the digitalisation that takes place in many countries while other countries are still far from implementing it.

Digitalisation is making things quicker and, if well done, provides the lawyer, the clients and the judge with better information an easier access to justice.

A presentation of the last developments in European Law was given by Mr Nikolaus VON PETER representing the European Commission.

The discussion had to be interrupted as lunchtime occurred.

In the evening, the traditional Gala dinner took place.

Charles Kaufhold was joined by Monique Stengel, treasurer  and Artur Wierzbicki, head of the Human rights Commission of FBE.

The first speech was held by the special guest, Mrs. Prof. Dr. Juliane Kokott, General Prosecutor by the European Court of Justice with the topic “The European Court of Justice as constitutional Court?”. Table speeches were held about the actual situation of Justice by Mr. Dr. Behrendt, Senator for Justice in Berlin and about actual difficulties of the legal profession by Mr. Freyschmidt, President of the Berlin DAV and Mr. Schellenberger, President of the national DAV. Many European colleagues as well as guests from Korea were participating to this nice evening.

European Lawyers’ day – Paris, 25 October 2018

FBE Vicepresident, Dominique Attias, attended at the meeting held at the French National Bar Associations Council (CNB).

The President of the French National Bar Associations Council, Mrs. Christiane FERAL-SCHUHL introduced this conference, followed by the Paris Bar President, Marie-Aimée PEYRON.

The first round table was devoted to lawyers in danger and, in particular, the situation in TURKEY.

Two Turkish colleagues who had to flee TURKEY presented the poignant situation of detention conditions in Turkey, especially those of women with very young children.

Rentrée Solennelle du Barreau de Lille, 19 octobre 2018

FBE, represented by Monique Stengel, took part in the “Rentrée Solennelle du Barreau de Lille”, on 19 octobre 2018

The conference began with a presentation of Mr. Basile Ader, Vice-Dean of Paris and President of the OIAD (Observatoire International des Avocats en Danger). This international Observatory was initially founded in 2015 by the Conseil national des Barreaux (France) the Paris Bar, witt Consejo General de la Abogicia Espanola and the Consiglio Nazionale Forense Italiano. The video presentation showed the – too long – list of countries where lawyers are in danger: persecuted, arrested, faltered, killed…. The audience was very impressed as we were also shown the faces of the colleagues in danger….

After a tribute to  the colleagues of the Bar in Lille who died since the last Opening, the Dean, Mr. Dhonte,  made a very energetic speech  about the difficulties of the profession in front of a representative of the French Mnistery for Justice. The Dean also spoke about the chances for the profession, specially in Lille as the conference was placed in the rooms of “Eurotechnologies”: ancient industrial buildings transformed in offices for new technologies.

Afterwards the two winners of the eloquence contest presented a mock trial as prosecutor and defender of Claude Lelouch, the well known French director who was present and finally presented a brilliant defence of his whole work!

The Ceremony was closed by an artistic tribute to Mrs. Simone Veil who died this year and was given a national funeral in Paris.

Rentrée Solennelle du barreau de Versailles, 12 octobre 2018

FBE, represented by Monique Stengel, took part in the Solemn Opening of the Bar in Versailles.

After the very touching tribute to the colleagues who disappeared in the last year, Mrs. Blanchard-Masi, Dean of the Bar, gave a report about the difficulties but also about the positive actions for the profession in France. French Lawyers  meet the same difficulties as all lawyers in Europe, specially with the new technologies and the defence of rule of law.

At this ceremony were invited the Deans of the twinned Bars of Versailles: Quebec, Cracow and Arges in Romania.

During the event,  colleagues member of FBE from Florence, Luxembourg, Cracow, Belgium as well as representatives of French Bars, met together.

Young Bar Association of Leuven – Opening ceremony of the Legal Year 2018 – 2019 – Leuven, 5–6 October 2018

FBE was invited by the Young Bar Association and the Bar of  Leuven to participate to the annual Openings Conference. Monique Stengel was the FBE representative. Il was a very nice opportunity at the place of one of the oldest colleges in Europe and in Belgium to meet young lawyers as well as representatives of different Belgian Bars and other countries Bars. After a conference about very actual topics as the role of biology and identity in family law, a sumptuous reception on the topic “Gatsby” took place, perfectly organised by the Young Bar. Young lawyers future member of FBE?

Second International Conference about « Healthier societies fostering healthy organisations: A cross-cultural perspective » – Florence, 01.09.18

At the end of the International Summer season of the University of Florence it was held the Second International Conference about « Healthier societies fostering healthy organisations: A cross-cultural perspective ». FBE was invited and president Lucherini gave a lecture on the Concept of Human
rights, their evolution in a cross cultural view. Special focus was dedicated to Human Rights and protection of the environment, recalling the United Nations Guide Principals.

50ème anniversaire du barreau congolais – Kinshasa, 9-10 juillet 2018

Il s’est tenu à KINSHASA le 50ème anniversaire du barreau congolais. Le congrès avait pour thème « La profession d’avocat et l’état de droit ». Au nom de la FBE, la vice-présidente Dominique Attias a souligné le rôle des barreaux dans la préservation de l’importance de l’état de droit et de l’indépendance de la profession qui doivent être garantie par les barreaux.

FBE-ICCBA Affiliation Agreement – Den Haag, 29.06.18

During the ICCBA’s Annual General Assembly, ICCBA (International Criminal court Bar Association) and FBE signed an Affiliation Agreement. The Agreement lays the foundations for close cooperation between the two organisations with the aim of working together on future projects.