18th UIA Winter Seminar - From Soft Law to Hard Law: The impact of SDG and ESG goals on legal practice


from March 09 to March 16, 2024

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  • 2024-03-09 08:30:00 2024-03-16 18:00:00 Europe/London 18th UIA Winter Seminar - From Soft Law to Hard Law: The impact of SDG and ESG goals on legal practice BANFF, CANADA UIA
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UIA 18th Winter Seminar
From Soft Law to Hard Law: The impact of SDG and ESG goals on legal practice
- M&A, Corporate Law, Finance, Criminal Law, Employment Law and Dispute Resolution in the new era -


The UIA 18th Winter Seminar is going to be an exceptional learning and networking experience. The Winter Seminar brings together lawyers and other professionals practicing in different areas and coming from all over the world.  It aims to foster a transnational and interdisciplinary exchange with fruitful discussions on recent legal developments. 

This year’s conference will focus on Sustainable Development Goals and Environmental, Social, and Governance policies and their impact on legal practice across a broad range of fields, including M&A, corporate law, finance, criminal law, employment law, and dispute resolution. Part of the magic of the Winter Seminar is its informal and dynamic nature. Half of the time of each presentation is dedicated to Q & A in which other delegates can share experiences from their own practices, keeping everyone entertained and involved.

This year’s Winter Seminar will be hosted in the charming and historic town of Banff, Alberta, Canada.  Nestled in the towering Rocky Mountains, Banff was first settled in the late nineteenth century when the discovery of natural hot springs led to the founding of Canada’s very first national park. The town is now a vibrant community with art galleries, restaurants, and plenty of outdoor adventure.  Banff provides access to three stunning ski resorts – Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mount Norquay – with plenty of varied terrain for skiers of all ability levels.  Experience genuine Canadian hospitality and the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains for an exceptional environment for skiing and other winter diversions.

Do not miss this opportunity. Mark your diaries now, save the date, and be sure to register!

We look forward to welcoming you to Banff!

Organising Committee

  • Organising Committee

    Franz SCHUBIGER, Esq. Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland
    Véronique MOISSINAC MASSÉNAT Avocat au Barreau de Paris, Paris, France
    Francisco RAMOS ROMEU, Esq. RYA Abogados, Barcelona, Spain
    Maria CRONIN Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, London, United Kingdom
    Yoshihisa HAYAKAWA, Esq. Uryu & Itoga, Tokyo, Japan
    Ángela DÍAZ-BASTIEN VARGAS-ZÚÑIGA Ernesto Diaz-Bastien & Asociados, SLP Madrid, Spain
    Louis F. BURKE, Esq. Louis F. Burke PC, New York, NY, USA
    Robert KRY, Esq. Molo Lamken LLP, Washington, DC, USA
    Winfried F. SCHMITZ, Esq. SCHMITZ Law Offices, New York, NY, USA
    Bradley RICHARDS, Esq. Haynes and Boone LLP, Houston, TX, USA


  • Royal Canadian Lodge


Royal Canadian Logde Banff
459 Banff Avenue
Banff, Alberta T1L 1C9
T +1 (403)-762-3307
Website: www.royalcanadianlodge.com



* Please attach proof of age to the registration form to benefit from the young lawyer fee.

** Accompanying persons take advantage of reduced hotel rates. Breakfast from Monday through Friday is included in the fee but not in the hotel rate. Children under 18 are free of charge.

Registration fees include:

the participation to the seminar, online access to the seminar presentations available on the Seminar Website, breakfast in the morning and refreshments in the evening during seminar sessions, as well as an opening reception on March 10 (full course and Monday to Wednesday registrations only) and the Closing Dinner on March 15 (full course and Wednesday to Friday registrations only).



Every participant attending the seminar will receive a “Certificate of Participation” at the end of the event that may be to obtain “Credits” for “Continuing Legal Education” purposes.

Dress code: Extremely casual (jeans, cowboy boots, ski suits, etc. allowed). Closing dinner: Coat & tie, evening dress.



The working language will be English.


A limited number of rooms has been pre-booked at a preferential rate in the Royal Canadian Lodge Banff hotel as shown below. Reservations should be made directly through the hotel. Please book the hotel room as early as you can. Credit card details must be given in order to secure your reservation.

Seminar Venue
459 Banff Avenue
Banff, Alberta T1L 1C9
Local +1 (403)-762-3307
Toll Free +1 800 6611 379
Please mention UIA when you call!
Email: rcl@innvesthotels.com
Website: www.royalcanadianlodge.com


The pre-reserved room block expires January 31, 2024. After that date, please inquire directly with the hotel which can accept reservations based on a space- and rate- available basis.

• Rates above are net, in Canadian dollars, based on double occupancy.
• Additional person charges are $25.00 per person with existing bedding. Additional guests (each guest above and beyond 2 adults in a room) are $25.00 per person per night. Children under 18-years stay free with adults.

Taxes and Breakfast NOT included. Currently room rates are subject to the following taxes:
• Tourism Improvement Fee 2%
• Alberta Tourism Levy 4%
• Federal Goods & Services Tax 5%
* The Alberta Tourism Levy is calculated by taking the sum of the room rate and Tourism Improvement Fee and multiplying that sum by 0.04  ** The Tourism Improvement Fee is calculated by multiplying the room rate by 0.02 *** GST is applicable on the room rate and Tourism Improvement Fee.
Please note that the above taxes may change without notice. Should federal, provincial, local taxes or participation in any regional Destination Marketing Fees or Tourism Improvement Fees change or increase, you will be responsible for all increases.

Reservations can be made by clicking on the following booking link:

Cancellation conditions:

• from booking up to 5 days before your arrival a free cancellation is possible
• 5-0 days before arrival & in case of no-show we charge 100% of the total reservation value


All cancellations will be subject to a 20% processing fee and must be sent in writing to the UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats) no later than February 9, 2024. No refund will be made for cancellations received after this date.

Participants who have paid the total registration fee and who are unable to attend the seminar personally may send a colleague as a substitute after informing the UIA. A €50 processing fee will be charged.

Anyone who requires a visa invitation letter in order to attend the seminar should register and pay their registration fees no later than February 9, 2024 to ensure there is enough time to obtain a visa.

All cancellations will be refunded in full, minus €50 to cover administrative costs, provided that the UIA has received the registration documents and total registration fees no later than February 9, 2024.

If you register after this date, only 50% of the amount paid minus €50 to cover administrative costs will be refunded for cancellations due to visa refusals. All cancellations due to a visa refusal must be sent in writing and reach the UIA before the seminar. Cancellations must be accompanied by a proof of visa refusal.  If your visa is issued after the seminar date or if you do not have proof of visa refusal, you will not be entitled to a refund.



All registrations received by the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) along with the full payment of fees corresponding to the events selected will be confirmed in writing.

The UIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the seminar to a later date, change the seminar venue and/or programme, make any corrections or modifications in the information published in the seminar programme and cancel any invitation to participate in the seminar, at any time and at their entire discretion, without having to provide any reasons for the same.

Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate, accompanying person or a third party following any cancellations, changes, postponements or modifications.

The UIA strongly advises participants to subscribe to modifiable and/or refundable services, as well as to take out a cancellation insurance.

Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of

any nature whatever, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate or accompanying person, except in case of death or personal injury due to gross negligence by the UIA.

The contractual relations between the UIA and each participant (delegate or accompanying person) in relation to the seminar are subject to French law and jurisdiction, to the exclusion of any other law. Paris is the city of jurisdiction.

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure compliance with police, customs and health formalities for their journey. Participants unable to take part in the seminar because of their inability to take a flight or any other means of transportation due to being unable to provide the documents required (passport, visa, vaccination certificate, etc.) cannot claim any reimbursement

“Force majeure” means any events external to the parties, of both an unforeseeable and insurmountable nature that prevents either the client or the participants, or the agency or service providers involved in organising the seminar, from executing all or part of the obligations provided for in the present agreement. By express agreement, such will be the case in the event of a strike affecting the means of transport, hotel staff, air traffic controllers, an insurrection, a riot or any prohibition whatsoever decreed by governmental or public authorities.

It is expressly agreed that for the parties, a case of force majeure would suspend the execution of their reciprocal obligations. At the same time, each of the parties shall bear the burden of all the expenses incumbent upon them, resulting from the case of force majeure.

The organisers decline any responsibility in case of any health problems existing prior to the seminar that may lead to complications or be aggravated during the entire period of the stay: pregnancy, cardio-vascular problems, any allergies, special diets, any disorders under treatment and not yet consolidated on the day the seminar starts, psychic or mental or depressive illness, etc. (Non exhaustive list).


Personal data collected is processed by the Union Internationale des Avocats, in its capacity as data controller. The data is used to manage registrations for events organised by the Union Internationale des Avocats.

In accordance with the applicable regulations, you have the right to access, rectify and delete your personal data, as well as the right to data portability. You may also withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data at any time or request that such processing be restricted.

Finally, you have the right to specify instructions concerning the fate of your data in the event of your demise.

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