Inspiration. Conversation. Innovation.


CLE Paris is a gathering of lawyers, judges, academics and law students, in Paris, in the first week of every year. It aims to consider searching questions, argument for change, best practice insights and cutting edge trends, relating to the law as it is applied globally.


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Your Invitation

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of CLE Paris, I am delighted to invite you to join us in Paris, France for our fourth CLE Paris Global Law Conference to be held on the 4th and 5th of January 2018. Paris, steeped in beauty, history and legal significance, provides us with a truly unique atmosphere to learn, share knowledge, develop business relationships and make new friends.

Lawyers, judges and law educators are now working in a globally dynamic and technologically diverse framework. Courts, lawyers, and legal services are being pushed across borders. Civil law jurisdictions are blending with common law systems; laws and systems are converging. Traditional legal positions and views are changing. To this end, CLE Paris will consider the law and its practice in a global environment.

We are bringing together international leaders in their legal fields to speak with us in a format encouraging inspiration, stimulation, and conversation. The Paris venue puts the program in touch with one of the greatest historical civil law jurisdictions, and in a country that is determined to take a lead in emerging global and transnational trends.

We will also continue our privately organised, law inspired excursions. In 2018 we are visiting the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the National Archives and are repeating our very own “Law Professors’ Tour” – a legal / historical walking tour of Paris led by Professors Gerard Carney and Pascale Bloch.

I hope that you will accept this invitation and join us in Paris.

Kind Regards,
Professor Jim Corkery
CLE Paris Co-Chairperson
Faculty of Law
Bond University QLD 4229 Australia

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CLE Paris 2018 Brochure:  Click Here

For past speakers, scroll to bottom.



Registration | Coffee & Pastries | Le Procope
Welcome Address + 2017 In Review | Co-Chairs
Prof. Jim Corkery, Faculty of Law, Bond University &
Prof. Pascale Bloch, Paris 13 University
The Civil Code from Tronchet and Napoleon to the 21st century.
Prof. Antoin Bullier, Université Panthéon Sorbonne
Beatrice Castellane, Founder of Cabinet Castellane Avocats
Prof. Dominique Hiebel, Université Paris 13 Sorbonne Paris Cité
Philippe Tessier, Associate, SCP D’Antin Brossolet
Respect Zone v hate zones: How lawyers can help detoxing
social networks.
Philippe Coen, Attorney, Directeur Juridique
The Common European Asylum System: are regional solutions viable?
Andrew Willcocks, Lawyer, ICC
Lunch Le Procope
Excursion 1: National Archives
Samuel Gibiat, Chief Curator of the Department for Legal Documents.
Brigitte Schmauch, Chief Curator of the Department of the Middle Ages and the Ancien RégimeIncluding private inspection of special documents concerning the Civil Code, the Trials of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and 18th Century French Explorations of Australia.
A Night At The Musee d’Orsay
  • Dinner at the Restaurant du Musée d’Orsay.
  • Private Tour: Works that caused a scandal.


Coffee & Pastries | Le Procope
Managing Risk & Crisis in Africa
Stéphane Brabant, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Fashion and the Creative Arts: fakes, forgeries and
counterfeiting – protecting the world’s most counterfeited brands.
Alice Pezard, Lawyer and International Arbitrator
Jeff Warren, Director, Brand Protection, Burberry
Zuong Dang, Lawyer, W3IP Law
Globalization and  Implications for Legal Education and Legal
Prof.Rostam Neuwirth, University of Macau &
Kami Haeri, Partner, August Debouzy
Efficiency, objectivity and the eye of the beholder in decision-making.
Bernard McCabe, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal
12.20 – 1
Rapid Fire Session
Lunch Le Procope + Book Launch (The Denning Family Story)
Excursion 2: ICC International Court of Arbitration
33 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris | McGraw Hill rooms, level 2
The following presentations will be given:
Introduction to the ICC International Court of Arbitration, its Secretariat and the ICC Rules of Arbitration
Rafaela Menezes de Magalhães, Deputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Presentation of the ICC International Centre for ADR: Mediation, Expertise, Dispute Boards and DOCDEX Rules.
Alya Ladjimi, Deputy Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR
Dinner | Le Procope


Excursion 3 | The Law Professors’ Tour
Led by Professors Gerard Carney and Pascale Bloch
Conference End
*Note: It is likely that the program will change slightly between now and the end of the year. We will provide all delegates with an updated program closer to the event.
Presentations are made in English.
Photo GalleryClick Here
Recording of Trial of Marie Antoinette presentation by Prof. Gerard Carney @ CLE Paris 2017. Presented in the same courtroom in which Marie Antoinette was tried, at the Palais de Justice: Click Here


We are grateful to all past speakers of CLE Paris, including:


  • The Hon. Justice Peter Applegarth, Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland – “Hatred, Ridicule and Contempt: Compensating for Hurt Feelings in the Internet Age”.
  • Associate Professor Ann Black, School of Law, University of Queensland – “Can I have a fatwa with that?”
  • The Hon. Ian Callinan AC QC, Queen’s Counsel and former Justice of the High Court of Australia – “Art as a Commodity”.
  • The Hon. Justice Timothy Carmody, Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland – “Lessons from Japan – aspects of the Japanese legal system.”
  • Professor Gerard Carney, Faculty of Law, Curtin University – “Statutory Interpretation – A Convergence of Common Law and Civil Law Approaches: the common mindset of a French, British, American or Australian lawyer”.
  • John Connor, Lawyer, Baker & McKenzie – “The founding and progress of the world’s first global law firm: Baker & McKenzie”.
  • Professor Jim Corkery, Faculty of Law, Bond University – “The case for a J.D. (Global) – an international baccalaureate in law” (2014) + “Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good Corporation” (2017).
  • Benedict Coyne, Lawyer, Boe Williams Anderson – “International Business and Human Rights”.
  • The Hon. Justice James Douglas, Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland – Judicial debate. Topic: “I’d rather be an accused in the French criminal justice system than the Australian” – in the negative.
  • Andrew George, Partner, Doobue O’Brien George – “Robot Lawyers”.
  • The Hon. Justice Robert Gotterson, Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and a Judge of Appeal – “The International Framework for Court Excellence – its origins, core values and implementation worldwide”.
  • Dr Tina Hunter, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, The University of Queensland – “Lex Petrolea: The New Lex Mercatoria or Merely Petroleum Activities Across International Boundaries”.
  • Dr Victoria Lambropoulos, Barrister and Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Deakin University – “The Hot Topics: A comparative review of the French and Australian Labour law systems and dismissal laws.”
  • Bernard McCabe, Senior Member, Australian Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal – “A transnational qualification in law?”.
  • Graeme McFadyen, Chief Operating Officer, Shine Lawyers – “Cultural Impact on a Law Firm of a Stock Exchange Listing – an insider’s perspective”.
  • Dr Dan Morgan, Barrister, Cedric Hampson Chambers – “Sharia Challenges to Anglo-Australian Succession Law”.
  • Terri Motterhead, Founding Principal of Motterhead Consulting – “Global Legal Talent Management – fact, fiction or fantasy”.
  • Professor Dan Svantesson, Faculty of Law, Bond University – “Internet and Privacy”.


  • Dominique Attias, Vice President of the Paris Bar Council – officially opened CLE Paris 2017 – Ethical standards for global lawyers.
  • Tristan Aureau, Member, Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) – “Whistle Blowing in French and European Law”.
  • Denis Bensaude, Arbitrator, Paris Bar and New York Bar – “Location and Competition in International Commercial Arbitration”.
  • Professor Pascale Bloch, Paris 13 University PRES Sorbonne Paris Cite – “Methods and Gaps in Harmonisation of Banking Law at the European and International Level”
  • Alexandre Boiche, Lawyer, Alexandre Boiche Avocats – “Globalization of International Family Law”.
  • Frederic Calinaud, Lawyer, Calinaud Avocats – “Sources of French Employment Law : The Project of Reform of the French Labour Code”.
  • Professor Jerome Porta, School of Law Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense – “The Hot Topics: A comparative review of the French and Australian Labour law systems and dismissal laws.”
  • Mr Yves Ozanam, Chief Historian and Archivist of the Paris Bar
  • M. Charles Tellier, President of the District Court of Aurillac (Tribunal De Grande Instance d’Aurillac) – Judicial debate. Topic: “I’d rather be an accused in the French criminal justice system than the Australian” – in the positive.
  • Professor Laurent Vidal, The University Paris I (Pantheon – Sorbonne) – “Safeguarding the Integrity of Sport”.
  • Gaelle Le Quillec, Partner, Betto Seraglini – “International Mediation and Arbitration – The Culture Factor”.


  • Tony King, Head of HR Development, Clifford Chance LLP, London – “Global Legal Talent Management – fact, fiction or fantasy”.
  • Professor Terence Daintith, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London – “The “transnational” character of oil and gas law”.
  • Dr Jens M. Scherpe, Senior University Lecturer in Law, University of Cambridge, London – “Men giving birth, children with three parents, and other future family law problems”.


  • Dr Habib Al Mulla, Chairman, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, UAE – “The founding and progress of the world’s first global law firm: Baker & McKenzie”.


  • Professor Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University – “E-Learning for Lawyers – Potential, Pitfalls and the Business Imperative”.
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CLE Paris 2018 Brochure: Click Here

Online + Phone Details

Registrations for CLE Paris are now open and can be made securely online through Eventbrite. Click here to register: REGISTER NOW.

Registrations close on 21 December 2017 or when sold out. Limited places remaining.

If you wish to register over the phone, or for further information, please call Joe Kafrouni on + 61 400 422 222.

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Excursions | Venue

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Private Visits

Every year, CLE Paris arranges private visits for our delegates to places of legal/historical significance. In our upcoming 2018 event, we will be visiting the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the National Archives Paris.

In addition, which is now a tradition of CLE Paris, we will be repeating our “Law Professors’ Tour” – a legal/historical walking tour of Paris led by Professors Gerard Carney and Pascale Bloch, including a visit to the Pantheon and the stories of the great French lawyers buried there.

We hope you will join us.

Previously, we have visited:

  • Council of State (Counsel d’Etat – Palais Royal)
  • Court of Appeal of Paris (Cour d’appel de Paris – Palais de Justice)
  • National Archives Paris (Archives Nationales Paris)
  • Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) – Law School and Law Library
  • French Senate at the Palais du Luxemburg
  • The old Sorbonne – established in the 13th century, it is one of the world’s oldest university sites.
  • French Parliament (Assemblée Nationale)


The venue for the third CLE Paris conference is Le Procope.

It was in 1686 that Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, a gentleman from Palermo, set up his coffee house in the rue des Fossés Saint-Germain (present-day rue de l’Ancienne Comédie).

The world’s first literary café was born and, for over two centuries, everyone with a name, or who hoped to have one, in the world of letters, arts and politics were a regular to the Café Le Procope. From La Fontaine to Voltaire, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, Balzac, Hugo, Verlaine to mention but a few, the list of Procope’s regulars varies little from that of the great names of French literature.

In the 18th century, it was a seedbed for liberal ideas and the history of the Encyclopædia is intimately linked to that of Procope where Diderot, d’Alembert and Benjamin Franklin could be seen. During the Revolution, Robespierre, Danton and Marat met here and Lieutenant Bonaparte left his hat here as a pledge.

Today, the Procope is emerging from the great shadows of its history. Symbol of the past, Voltaire’s table testifies to permanency, while preparing the way for new pages of glory.

We are delighted to be having our third conference at this historical location and hope you will join us.

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CLE Paris 2018 Brochure:  Click Here

CLE Paris Steering Committee members:

  • Professor Jim Corkery, Bond University;
  • Emeritus Professor Pascal Bloch, The University Paris 13;
  • Professor Gerard Carney, Curtin University;
  • Melissa Kafrouni, Lawyer;
  • Joe Kafrouni, Lawyer.

For any general information concerning the CLE Paris 2018 Legal Conference, please do not hesitate to contact:

Joe Kafrouni
P:  + 61 400 422 222
A: Level 36, Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Qld, 4000