Events

Jan
31
Mon
Virtual House of Lords webinar
Jan 31 @ 18:00 – 19:00

Virtual House of Lord Webinar

By Invitation Only

Feb
7
Mon
AGM Virtual meeting
Feb 7 @ 17:00 – 18:00

 

L’ASSOCIATION DES JURISTES FRANCO-BRITANNIQUES /
THE FRANCO-BRITISH LAWYERS SOCIETY LIMITED
Incorporated in England & Wales under n°: 02424363, Registered Charity n°:1010089
Registered office: 184 Hammersmith Road, London, W6 7DJ
To the member of the Company
NOTICE is hereby given that a meeting of an Annual General Meeting of the Company will be
held:
At: Online via zoom video conference (a link will be provided upon request*)
On: Monday 7th February 2022
At: 5pm UK time / 18:00 FR time promptly
for the purpose of considering the following matters:
AGENDA
1. Chairman, Notice, Quorum and Apologies
2. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
3. 2018 Reports of the Board of Directors and Auditors
4. 2019 Reports of the Board of Directors and Auditors
5. 2020 Reports of the Board of Directors and Auditors
6. 2018 Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet
7. 2019 Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet
8. 2020 Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet
9. Election of the Board of Directors
10. Appointment of the Auditors and approval of their remuneration
11. To consider and, if necessary, take action with reference to any subject included on the
agenda.
By order of the board

Mar
8
Tue
Virtual event The rights of British citizens in the European Union after Brexit: the Alice Bouilliez case.
Mar 8 @ 10:30 – 12:00

 

Tuesday March 8th at 10:30 UK/ 11:30 CET.

(Duration approx. 110 minutes)

The Society is delighted to invite you to a webinar touching upon the rights of the British citizens in the European Union after Brexit. The webinar will give particular attention to a specific case: Alice Bouilliez, a British national married to a French national resident living in France for many years, was refused the right to participate in municipal elections in her locality.  Alice Bouilliez challenged this decision before the French courts, and after considering her arguments the French judge decided that her contentions should be considered by the Court of Justice of the European Union.   On February 24th, Advocate General Collins will deliver his opinion to the Grand Chamber of the Court.

The case may be of considerable importance for the million UK citizens living in the EU.  Have rights acquired as a citizen of the European Union been retained, discarded, or dissolved by Brexit? The speakers will include the counsel of Mme Bouilliez, an eminent academic and Advocate General Sharpston.  We will have Ian Forrester as chairman and Sir David Edward will give his summation at the end.

 

Ian Forrester QC LLD Chair. President of the FBLS. Formerly Judge of the General Court of the European Union from 2015 to 2020.
Sir David Edward QC LLD Summation. Formerly Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

 

 

The speakers for this event will be:

Maître Julien Fouchet Alice Bouilliez’s Counsel. He is specialized in international law and European Union Law.
Maître Jean Noël Caubet-Hilloutou Alice Bouilliez’s Counsel. He is a former finance official and magistrate who became a lawyer in 2020 and has a strong interest in European law and fundamental rights.
Professor Catherine Barnard Professor of European Union law and Employment law and a senior tutor and fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She is also the Deputy Director at UK in a Changing Europe.
Eleanor Sharpston QC LLD Formerly Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union from 2006 to 2020. A prolific and respected commentator on EU law as it touches persons

The webinar is open to all. Registration is free and the event will be recorded. 

To register, please email Sophia at fbls@outlook.com and details on how to join will be sent prior to the event. 

The society welcomes new members. To join the FBLS, click on the following link.

 

Mar
30
Wed
Dîner annuel Annual Dinner
Mar 30 @ 19:00 – 23:00

Please click on the link below to register & pay

Dîner annuel de l’AJFB (viteinscrit.com)

Après quasiment deux années sans événement permettant une rencontre des membres des différentes professions juridiques de France et du Royaume-Uni de Grande-Bretagne et d’Irlande du Nord, à l’exception de séminaires virtuels, d’un séminaire hybride, l’Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques a commencé à vous proposer, en 2022, de reprendre le chemin du dialogue et des rencontres conviviales en multipliant les activités de part et d’autre de la Manche permettant à l’ensemble des gens du Droit de se retrouver.

Madame la Première présidente Chantal Arens, « patron » de l’Association, nous fait désormais le grand privilège d’être notre invitée d’honneur à l’occasion du dîner annuel de l’Association qui sera donné le 30 mars prochain, à l’Hôtel Le Marois et interviendra devant nos membres sur le thème de son choix, reprenant ainsi la tradition des dîners où l’Association a oeuvré au rapprochement des cultures juridiques d’Angleterre et du Pays-de-Galles, d’Ecosse, de France et d’Irlande du Nord.

 

Frédéric Goldberg et Stéphane Bonifassi, co-présidents de l’Association des Juristes Franco-Britanniques, ont ainsi le plaisir de vous recevoir à cette soirée exceptionnelle, donnée pour la première fois à l’Hôtel Le Marois.

 

Le nombre de places étant limité, nous vous remercions de bien vouloir nous faire connaître, dans les meilleurs délais, votre intention de participer à cette soirée et de vous inscrire en suivant le lien correspondant.

 

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En raison des contraintes liées à la pandémie de coronavirus, nous vous précisons que la présentation d’un passe vaccinal valide sera exigée à l’entrée due l’Hôtel et déclinons toute responsabilité si, pour des raisons indépendantes de la volonté des organisateurs, cet événement devait être reporté ou modifié dans son format actuel.

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Participation aux frais demandée :

Membre de l’association : 110 €, non-membre de l’association : 140 €, étudiants : 30 €

Inscriptions dans la limite des places disponibles – mode d’inscription en ligne préféré

 

Apr
22
Fri
The adaptation of Scottish Courts to the pandemic: an innovative new chapter for the Justice system
Apr 22 @ 09:00 – 11:00

Friday 22nd of April 2022 at 9.00 am BST / 10.00 am CET / 17:00 pm JST

(Duration approx. 90 minutes)

 

The Society is delighted to invite you to a webinar organised in collaboration with Professor Masahisa Deguchi from the Ritsumeikan University dedicated to the innovative solutions put in place by the Scottish Courts during the pandemic. Scotland’s justice system has become a leader of new practices to adapt to the pandemic which included, for example, novel approaches such as arranging for criminal juries to sit in cinemas while watching the court room. This webinar will be a rare and valuable opportunity to discuss this evolution of the courts and the lessons to be learned from these experiences with a panel of the most distinguished experts.

 

この度、当会は立命館大学法学部出口雅久教授と協力して、パンデミックにおけるスコットランド裁判所が採用した革新的な解決策についてウェビナーを開催する運びとなりましたのでご案内申し上げます。スコットランドの司法制度は、陪審員が映画館に座って法廷にオンラインで参加するという斬新な手法など、パンデミックに適応した新しい裁判手続を率先して採用しています。このウェビナーでは、このような裁判手続の進化と、この経験から学ぶべき教訓について、著名な専門家のパネリストと議論する貴重な機会を提供します。

 

This event will be moderated and chaired by the Society’s President, Judge Ian Forrester:

本イベントは、当会会長のイアン・フォレスター判事が司会・進行役を務めます。

 

Click on link below to see flyer

The adaptation of Scottish Courts to the pandemic 18 March

 

 

May
13
Fri
Reception of the Scottish Committee of the Franco-British Lawyers Society
May 13 @ 18:00 – 20:00

SCOTTISH SECTION

RECEPTION, SALLE DUCHESSE D’ANGOULÊME, FRENCH INSTITUTE, WEST PARLIAMENT SQUARE, EDINBURGH ON FRIDAY 13 MAY 2022 FROM 6 TO 8 PM

 

In previous years, the Scottish Committee of the Franco-British Lawyers Society has held a reception in December each year to renew contacts with existing members and to welcome to potential new recruits. We have been unable to do this for the past two years because of the rules imposed by the Covid virus.

 

We are however delighted to say that the recent loosening of restrictions means that we shall be able to resume this custom, albeit slightly later in the year than we would normally do. We shall be holding a reception at the French Institute in Edinburgh on Friday 13 May from 6 pm to 8 pm. Wine, soft drinks and canapés will be available.

All are welcome and we look forward to the opportunity to renew acquaintances with existing members together with any of their spouses, partners and friends who would like to attend and to meet potential new recruits or anyone who is interested in learning more about the Society.

The event will also give an opportunity to introduce Lord Ericht (Andrew Stewart), who will be taking over from David Guild as Chair of the Scottish Committee of the Society.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Registration for the event is not compulsory but prior notification to fbls@outlook.com by those who hope to attend would be useful.

May
19
Thu
DAY VISIT EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
May 19 – May 20 all-day

DAY VISIT
EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
A l ’invitation de Tim Eicke, juge britannique à la CEDH Mattias Guyomar, juge français à la CEDH

Strasbourg, 19 – 20 /05/2022

With apologies for the delays (due to last minute missions by our host in Strasbourg) this is our confirmation of the visit in two weeks to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on the evening of Thursday May 19 and the day of Friday May 20.  We will begin with a cheerful dinner in a Strasbourg restaurant at which we can meet Judge Eicke and one or two of his colleagues. On the Friday morning we will meet at the Court for a series of meetings with members of the Court and its staff.   The topics will reflect the numerous human rights challenges of the day.

The visit will end on Friday afternoon.  The pleasures of Alsace in spring are considerable, so you may wish to browse around the city of Strasbourg or the vineyards which lie to the west.

For lodging the Hilton Hotel is close and quite attractive.  Another hotel, though more costly,  is the Cour de Corbeau 6-8 Rue des Couples, 67000 Strasbourg.  An alternative, more modestly priced, is the Hotel du Dragon, rue du Dragon 67000 Strasbourg.

The cost of the dinner should not exceed 100 Euros, and will be collected during the visit.  There is no charge for visiting the court. Please confirm your attendance and indicate on your confirmation your full name and address and nationality in case of security concerns if any.  The Court is very much smaller and more modestly equipped than the EU court facilities in Luxembourg.  Limits on numbers in groups which existed during the pandemic have now been removed, so there are no limits on numbers.  This will be a richly interesting visit.

Press on the link below for French flyer

20_MAI_2022_CEDH_v01

We apologise again for the short notice.

To registered we will need full name, dob, your passport number and passport country.

Registration can be made using the Society’s email address at fbls@outlook.com.

 

Jun
9
Thu
Hybrid Webinar RECENT REFORMS TO THE LAW OF CONTRACT IN FRANCE: HOW HAS THE SYSTEM CHANGED AND WHAT COULD WE LEARN FROM THOSE CHANGES?
Jun 9 @ 18:00 – 19:30

SCOTTISH SECTION 

RECENT REFORMS TO THE LAW OF CONTRACT IN FRANCE: HOW HAS THE SYSTEM CHANGED AND WHAT COULD WE LEARN FROM THOSE CHANGES? 

THURSDAY 9 JUNE 2022 AT 6 PM, AT THE MACKENZIE BUILDING, OLD ASSEMBLY CLOSE, 172 HIGH STREET, EDINBURGH (ALSO AVAILABLE FOR REMOTE PARTICIPATION).

The Code Civile was enacted in 1804. Its provisions governing the law of contract remained in force, almost untouched, until October 2016. That month marked the adoption of 150 new articles in that area of the law in what has been described as ‘a major event in France’. Prior to the reform, the French law of contract was frequently perceived as being outdated and less attractive to the business world than common law regimes. Modernisation was intended to make French law more attractive in a globalising world. Some of the new provisions concern matters of detail, while others are more fundamental in their reach. Of particular importance are the prominence given to the principle of good faith, the new rules that provide strong protection to contracting parties during pre-contractual negotiations and the provisions regulating unforeseen circumstances.

The event will be structured as a hybrid webinar (meaning that delegates can participate either in person at the above address or, if they prefer, remotely via Zoom). It will start with a brief outline of the most important of the reforms made to French contract law as a result of the reforms. There will be a discussion of the extent to which the new rules are considered to be successful in practice both from the perspective of day-to-day users and internationally in terms of making the French system attractive as a choice of law. A comparison from a Scottish perspective will be offered and views offered as to whether the system in this country might usefully draw inspiration from what is happening in France.

The speaker from France will be Catherine Pédamon, a French lawyer and the Deputy Head of the LLM Course in International Commercial Law at Westminster Law School. Professor Hector MacQueen, Emeritus Professor of Private Law at Edinburgh University will provide a comparative insight.

Registration can be made using the Society’s email address at fbls@outlook.com.  There is no charge. All are welcome and it is not necessary to be a member of the Society to attend. Please indicate when registering whether you intend to join the event in person or remotely.

Jun
24
Fri
Maritime Colloquium @ London & Greenwich
Jun 24 @ 09:00 – 22:00

Maritime Colloquium – Beyond Jurisdiction – key international issues – high country level support France/U.K.: Friday 24 June

Résidence of French Ambassador – Gala Dinner – The Painted Hall Greenwich

Early bird reduced registration by 11 June

Press on the link below to see the flyer

new version FrancoBritishMartime

This is to let you know that our preparations for the maritime colloque have been proceeding intensely and we are extremely grateful that once again, the services of the Secrétariat général de la Mer, the British and the French Embassies, the Royal Navy, the Marine nationale are uniting to propose this unique legal, naval and academic maritime colloquium, inaugurated in 2006 at EOCM Lanveoc-Brest, then at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth held since alternatively in Greenwich-London and Paris.

The colloque itself, entitled “Beyond jurisdictions?” which is of especial importance given the need for heightened cooperation between France and the UK, will take place exceptionally at the Residence of the French Embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens on the Friday on the subjects of undersea cables, deep sea beds, autonomous vehicles and jurisdiction beyond jurisdiction.

The program is still subject to potential modifications. Speakers may elect to speak in English or in French. Proceedings of the event shall be published later in the year.

Thanks to the Royal Navy, at the invitation of the First Sea Lord, after the colloque we will go (by boat, for those interested to share our commute) down river to Greenwich for a black-tie dinner in the Painted Hall an artistic landmark thanks to the work of Sir James Thornhill, the father-in-law of Hogarth on the ceiling. The renovation of the splendid ceiling was accomplished last year and the result is spectacular.

 

For the moment, recognizing the nearness of the date, we are offering an early bird reduction for those who reserve swiftly. Specifically, the cost of attending the colloque will be 100 euros for members (early birds: 80 euros), 150 euros for non-members (early birds: 110 euros). Students and naval personnel are invited for free at the colloquium. The dinner in the Painted Hall will cost 35 euros for students and naval personnel, 120 euros for members and for 175 euros for non-members. Attendees may invite up to two additional guests.

Places are limited for each category.

Registration is encouraged online, at: https://viteinscrit.com/operation/1667-2022-maritime-colloquium

Emails for additional information or problems with the registration process can be sent to : colloquemaritime@ajfb.org or francobritishmaritme2022@gmail.com

We are hopeful that the event will be as interesting and stimulating as its predecessors and regret that official procedural problems have delayed our confirmation of all the details.

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