FBLS Prix Universitaire Robertson-Horsington Award Ceremony
The Prix Universitaire Robertson-Horsington was awarded this year to Université Toulouse1 Capitole, France, for the joint-degree programme, LLB – Master1: English Law and French Law, that it offers in partnership with Bangor University, Wales.
The award ceremony took place at the annual dinner of the AJFB hosted by Bâtonnier Bernard Vatier, President of the FBLS, and in the presence of the British Ambassador to France, Lord Llewellyn of Steep, and 70 members and guests of the Society, at the Maison du Barreau in Paris on the 30th of March.
The Premier Président Honoraire of the Cour de Cassation, Guy Canivet, who presented the Award to the representatives of the two universities said that the FBLS was particularly pleased to reward and encourage this year an excellent young joint-degree programme which demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting and successfully developing Franco-British legal relations and understanding.
The Academic Director of the FBLS, Dr Vivienne Forrest, stated :« One of the obvious strengths of the LLB-Master1 programme which caught the attention of the Academic Committee is the the great emphasis that the progamme places on a very enriching comparative approach to law studies , skilfully linked to the study and understanding , in a broader context, of the two different cultures and legal systems.
Dr Oana Macovei who received the Award on behalf of Université Toulouse1 Capitole said : « We are delighted to have been honoured with such a prestigious award. The Bangor-Toulouse1 double-degree LLB-Master1 allows students to have the best Common Law and Civil Law experience. Students admitted to the programme are dynamic, open-minded and see a bright future ahead of them ».
Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School, said : « We are delighted that the FBLS has awarded the programme the Prix Universitaire Robertson-Horsington 2017. The LLB- Master1 joint-degree continues to go from strength to strength. The major law firms and multi-national enterprises are interested in the graduates from the programme because this transnational double-degree programme produces lawyers who can navigate easily between the Common Law and Civil Law worlds. Spending two years in each country produces a legal mind that has expanded and matured to the point where the student’s personal capabilities are enhanced and highly developed. »