Law Conference Paris, France – 4 – 6 January 2018

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Lawyers, judges and law educators are now working in a globally dynamic and technologically diverse framework. Technology is pushing courts, lawyers, and legal services across borders and establishing new ways to communicate. Civil law jurisdictions are blending with common law systems; laws and systems are converging and legal institutions are becoming international. Traditional legal positions and views are changing. To this end, CLE Paris will consider the law and its practice in a global environment.

2018 Program

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Day 1 | Thursday 4 January 2018*

8.30-9 Registration | Coffee & Pastries | Le Procope
9-9.30 Welcome Address + 2017 In Review | Co-Chairs

Prof. Jim Corkery, Faculty of Law, Bond University &
Prof. Pascale Bloch, Paris 13 University

9.30-11 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

11.15-12 Respect Zone v hate zones: How lawyers can help detoxing
social networks.

Philippe Coen, Attorney, Directeur Juridique

12–12.45 The Common European Asylum System: are regional solutions viable?

Andrew Willcocks, Lawyer, ICC

12.45 Lunch | Le Procope
3 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 Régime

Including private inspection of special documents concerning the Civil Code, the Trials of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and 18th Century French Explorations of Australia.

7 A Night At The Musee d’Orsay

  • Dinner at the Restaurant du Musée d’Orsay.
  • Private Tour: Works that caused a scandal.

Day 2 | Friday 5 January 2018*

Time Session / Event
8.30-9 Coffee & Pastries | Le Procope
9-9.45 Managing Risk & Crisis in Africa

Stéphane Brabant, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

9.45-10.45 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

10.45-11.45 Globalization and  Implications for Legal Education and Legal

Prof. Rostam Neuwirth, University of Macau &
Kami Haeri, Partner, August Debouzy

11.45-12.20 Efficiency, objectivity and the eye of the beholder in decision-making.

Bernard McCabe, Deputy President, Administrative Appeals Tribunal

12.20 – 1 Rapid Fire Session
1 Lunch | Le Procope + Book Launch (The Denning Family Story)
3.30 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

7 Dinner | Le Procope

Day 3 | Saturday 6 January 2018*

Time Session / Event
10-12 Excursion 3 | The Law Professors’ Tour

Led by Professors Gerard Carney and Pascale Bloch

12 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.

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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

Past Speakers

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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