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.
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.
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.
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?
“The Normalization of the State of Emergency and The Situation of Judiciary in Turkey” Under this title on September 7-9 of 2018 the second International Conference on Law took part. Except invited quests from abroad, in the Conference (hosted by Istanbul Bar Association) took part 13 Bar Associations from Turkey and their Deans.
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.
It was held in KINSHASA the 50th anniversary of the Congolese Bar Association. The theme of the congress was “The Legal Profession and the Rule of Law”. On behalf of the FBE, Vice President Dominique Attias emphasized the role of the Bars to preserve the importance of the Rule of law and the independence of the profession, which must be guaranteed by the Bars.
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.
The Closing of the Legal Year, celebrated by the Bar of The Hague, was organized from June 21 until June 29, 2018. These closing-celebrations are organized since 1947. The theme of this year’s congress was ‘Let’s get digital’, an afternoon about the digital challenges the legal profession faces.
At the Dean’s concert, the Grammy-award winning collective ‘Ludwig’ played Schubert, Vivaldi and Glenn Miller.
FBE-President Michele Lucherini met Bas Martens, former dean of the Hague Bar and representative to the FBE, visited the Gala on the top floor of Binck 36, a former industrial building for the postal services. A memorable evening with live music and cabaret.