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Law Conference Paris, France – 5 and 6 January 2017

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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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