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63rd Congress

LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG

from November 06 to November 10, 2019

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#UIALuxembourg
Save the Date – 63rd UIA Congress will take place in Luxembourg, from November 6 to 10, 2019 !
Each year, the UIA Congress brings together approximately 1,000 lawyers from around the world to discuss important legal issues. In 2019, Luxembourg will host the 63rd UIA Congress from November 6 to 10, at the European Convention Center Luxembourg - ECCL.

Two main themes will be addressed in plenary sessions:

- Innovation and the Law: Where Passion Meets Reason
- Doing Business in Respect of Human Rights

30 other working sessions will take place simultaneously. Led by nearly 300 international speakers, the majority of the sessions will have simultaneous translation in French, English and Spanish to allow for maximum engagement.

A UIA congress is an excellent opportunity to receive updates on changes to the law and their impact on the legal profession and to forge professional relationships with colleagues from all over the world.

Do not miss this opportunity!

 

A word from...

  • Issouf Baadhio

    UIA President

    After Porto, our new destination is Luxembourg, where the next UIA Annual Congress will be held.

    This beautiful city, which has attractions that will appeal to everyone, is ideally located in the heartland of the European institutions. The main themes of our Congress, which are resolutely focused on the future, as well as what lies ahead for lawyers and the legal profession, reflect our passion and our commitment to the practice of law.

    “Innovation and the Law: Where Passion Meets Reason” and “Doing Business in Respect of Human Rights” are the overarching themes.
    Through these themes, we wish to project our vision for the future of the legal profession.

    This 2019 Congress is being organised with the kind assistance and continuous involvement of Luxembourg lawyers. The Luxembourg Committee will be delighted to show you how charming the city is. The opening ceremony will take place at the Philharmonie and the gala dinner at the MUDAM, both of which symbolise the city’s cultural wealth.

    The in-depth technical work that is planned for our Congress will be fully compatible with the social activities for all attendees and accompanying persons, in the best tradition of UIA hospitality, which is built on participatory conviviality, sharing, integration, cultural and professional diversity, and is the core fabric of our organisation.

    I look forward to seeing many of you in Luxembourg so that this Congress is made a success by your participation and by everything that we achieve together over the course of the event.

    Issouf BAADHIO
    UIA President
    Past President of the Burkina Faso Bar

  • François Prum

    Congress President

    It is a great honour for me to have been appointed as the President of the UIA’s 63rd Annual Congress. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a unique location for holding such an event and we will make every effort to provide the best possible welcome for the congress attendees, who will be travelling from countries all around the world.

    The beauty and the particularities of Luxembourg are widely known and recognised beyond its borders. The Fortifications and the Old Quarters of the City of Luxembourg have been listed as UNESCO world heritage sites since 1994. We will be delighted to show you Luxembourg, which is rapidly changing, modern, multicultural, cosmopolitan and welcoming, while remaining true to its values and roots.

    We are very honoured that His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, has granted us his High Patronage for this 63rd Congress. The opening ceremony will take place in one of the most renowned European musical venues, the highly prestigious Philharmonie. The gala dinner will be held at the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), a magnificent modern art museum designed by the world-famous architect I. M. Pei. The Rockhal concert hall, which is located on the former site of the Esch-Belval steelworks, which has been completely rehabilitated in order to make way for a new, innovative city, will be the venue for an exciting evening that has many surprises in store for you.

    The main themes, the first of which is “Innovation and the Law: Where Passion Meets Raison”, are resolutely forward-looking. This theme will examine both the influence of innovation on the law and reciprocally, the need for the law to regulate innovation in certain cases, in various high-tech sectors.

    The second theme concerns fundamental rights and businesses. On June 16, 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These are guidelines for the UN Member States and private businesses for the fulfilment of their legal obligations, as part of the implementation of the UN’s “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework. Lawyers should pay close attention to the practical implementation of the UN’s guiding principles in order to provide the best possible advice to businesses.

    We would like the scientific work to be widely available to lawyers, but also to other legal professionals, students, and European and global institutions, while involving representatives of both national and international businesses.

    We look forward to seeing many of you at a Congress that we trust will be unforgettable.

    François PRUM
    President of the Congress
    Immediate Past President of the Luxembourg Bar

Place

  • Philharmonie
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL)
  • MUDAM

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  • 2019-11-09T10:00:00 2019-11-09T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Tax Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE UIA
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Tax Law

  • 09/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE

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The Digital World Goes Tax
The digitalisation changes the world and it changes the tax world. In the digital world it is easy for multinationals to reduce their respective tax burden beyond any acceptable rate. Any attempt to go for special companies or special business situations seems to fail. The introduction of special rules for internet companies seems to be difficult or impossible as the differentiation between the "old" world and the "new" world disappears. So new rules for worldwide international taxation might become necessary. The session will explain the existing basic concept of international taxation of businesses, the currently discussed ideas and the political and economical background of the respective ideas.

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  • 2019-11-07T10:00:00 2019-11-07T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Innovation and the Law: Where Passion Meets Reason European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle UIA
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Innovation and the Law: Where Passion Meets Reason

  • 07/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle

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The third industrial revolution will aim to create a resilient, robust economy for the future through a fully interconnected ecosystem that includes smart transport, renewable energies and new information technologies.
Innovation at national, regional, European and global level (in North-South relations), in particular in the banking, insurance, telecommunications, space resources, artificial intelligence and robotics sectors are in the process of revolutionising our thought patterns and the law.

9.00 am - 10.00 am > Panel 1: Innovation in Financial Services

An opening session introduced by the Finance Minister, Pierre Gramegna, will be devoted to innovations in the fields of banking and finance: it will cover the exponential growth of FinTech companies, blockchain, artificial intelligence and crypto assets. A panel of leading experts made up of regulators, lawyers, service providers and FinTech company incubators will answer the following questions: what major changes to the finance professions will these innovations bring about? What are the risks and opportunities generated by these innovations? How can they be regulated without hindering their development, while at the same time protecting users?

Introduction:
Pierre GRAMEGNA
, Minister of Finance of Luxembourg

Moderator:
Sylvestre TANDEAU DE MARSAC
(FTMS Avocats) Paris, France

Speakers:
Réda BOUAKEL
(CEO, Fortia Financial Solutions) Paris, France
Nadia MANZARI, Former Director of the Innovations, payments, markets infrastructures and governance Department of the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) Luxembourg
Jonathan PRINCE (Co-Founder, Finologee) Luxembourg

10.00 am - 11.00 am > Panel 2: Innovation in Legal Services

The legal services market is undergoing wholesale change in terms of how law is practised and the habits of the profession, in response to the emergence of Legal Tech companies. The market for Legal Tech companies has become mature enough for them to provide comprehensive solutions, in particular concerning law firm management, contract and document automation (smart contracts), and secure document storage. Legal Tech solutions make it possible to facilitate the work of lawyers and to assist them in their engagements, in making decisions, in analysing clauses and in drafting documents, and in the operational management of their business or their digital identity. Specific attention will be paid to predictive justice. A panel of publishers and also of innovative service providers, such as LexisNexis and Wolters Kluwer, will explain how this innovation is going to revolutionise the world of law.

Moderator:
Jean-Pierre BUYLE, 
Former President of the Brussels Bar, President of the  French- and German-speaking Bar Association of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Elisabeth THOLE (Van Doorne) Amsterdam, Netherlands

Speakers:
Dan KOHN
(Foresight and Innovation Director, Secib) Paris, France
Maxime GRIESHABER (NSI) Luxembourg
Vincent HENDERSON (Wolters Kluwer) Paris, France
Ian McDOUGALL (Executive Vice President and General Counsel, LexisNexis) New York, NY, United States

11.20 am - 12.30 pm > Panel 3: Innovation and Space Law

A Chinese lunar mission has landed a probe on the far side of the moon. A Japanese spacecraft has successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu. Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos are some of the billionaires who are actively working on space exploration missions in various forms. In parallel, on July 20, 2017 Luxembourg passed a law on the exploration and utilisation of space resources, thus following the example of the USA concerning the potential commercialisation of space resources.
There appears to be a major shift towards the exploration of space and the utilisation of space resources being financed by private investors, rather than primarily by governments, which was the case until now. Whether in Silicon Valley or Luxembourg (following the enactment of said law in 2017), start-ups with a focus on technologies that can be used in space are emerging at any increasing rate.
What are the reasons for such a renewed interest in space exploration? How are private businesses able to enter fields that were previously reserved for major State budgets?
At the same time, the use of space as a commercial zone is not new. Many civil satellite operators are already present in space, in the same way as SES, a Luxembourg company. These operators are also moving forward with their technologies. Satellites are becoming smaller and more efficient, and efforts are being made to keep them operational in space for longer. This allows for better terrestrial communication, and improved observation of natural or meteorological phenomena on Earth.
The international texts that govern space are not keeping pace with the growth of space-related activity. Most of them were adopted in the sixties, at the time of the cold war and the race to see who would be first to land on the moon, rather than who would be the first to be able to utilise the resources of space.
The panel will discuss how space law regulates or should regulate these new activities in space in the future. The panel will examine the question of determining which international or national framework should be used for this activity and what the real timeframes are that some of these activities will need in order to set up a fully-fledged commercial activity.

Moderator:
André PRÜM
(University of Luxembourg) Luxembourg

Speakers:
Marco FERRAZZANI
(Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Services department, European Space Agency - ESA) Paris, France
Jean-Louis SCHILTZ (Schiltz & Schiltz) Luxembourg
Laurent SCHUMMER (Arendt & Medernach) Luxembourg
Marc SERRES (CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency - LSA) Luxembourg

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  • 2019-11-07T21:00:00 2019-11-07T00:00:00 Europe/Paris Informal Reception Rockhal UIA
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Informal Reception

  • 07/11/2019 - 20:00 - -1:00
  • Rockhal
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  • 2019-11-06T16:30:00 2019-11-06T18:00:00 Europe/Paris Arabic-Speaking Lawyers' Forum European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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Arabic-Speaking Lawyers' Forum

  • 06/11/2019 - 15:30 - 17:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR

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Independence of lawyers
Lawyers must be independent, but what is independence? Defining lawyers' independence is a challenge, as it is both a choice and a prerogative, as well as a duty.

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  • 2019-11-10T10:00:00 2019-11-10T18:00:00 Europe/Paris General excursion UIA
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General excursion

  • 10/11/2019 - 9:00 - 17:00
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  • 2019-11-06T15:00:00 2019-11-06T16:30:00 Europe/Paris French-Speaking Lawyers' Forum European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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French-Speaking Lawyers' Forum

  • 06/11/2019 - 14:00 - 15:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR

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  • 2019-11-09T19:00:00 2019-11-09T20:30:00 Europe/Paris Closing Ceremony European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle UIA
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Closing Ceremony

  • 09/11/2019 - 18:00 - 19:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle
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  • 2019-11-07T15:00:00 2019-11-07T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Special Session on European Law and Institutions European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle UIA
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Special Session on European Law and Institutions

  • 07/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle

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Coordinator: Jean BRUCHER (Brucher Thieltgen & Partners) Luxembourg

I. Aspects of changes in authorities and in European law

1. From national to European, from European to extra-territoriality

Speaker: Viviane REDING, a Member of the Luxembourg Parliament and former Vice President of the European Commission

Since the Treaty of Lisbon and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (Europe’s “Bill of Rights“) a number of national justice competences have become European competence, most of all in domains linked to the free movement of persons, goods and services. Due to the worldwide importance of the Single Market, several rules and standards gained an extraterritorial effect. The former Vice-President of the European Commission, serving as Secretary of Justice, enacted those new rules. She will speak about the development of the Europe of Justice.

2. The jurisdiction and role of the Court of Justice of the European Union

• The Court of Justice
Speaker: François BILTGEN, Judge at the Court of Justice

The remit of the Court of Justice of the European Union is to ensure the uniform application and interpretation of EU law. It does so by hearing direct actions, in particular actions for annulment in the event of the potential non-compliance of the provisions of secondary law with primary law, or actions for failure to fulfil obligations brought against Member States that do not comply with EU law and that in some cases risk financial penalties in this regard. However, out of the 849 actions brought in 2018, no less than 568 were references for a preliminary ruling submitted by national courts that were confronted with a question concerning the interpretation or validity of EU law in a particular dispute. While a Court decision does not resolve the substantive aspects of a dispute, it provides a definitive interpretation of the provision of EU law that is submitted to it. Through this court-to-court dialogue, the Court has thus resolved diverse questions.

• The General Court of the European Union: 30 years of serving citizens and undertakings
Speaker: Marc JAEGER, President of the General Court

This year the General Court celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. Since it was founded, it has progressively seen its powers increased to become the court with exclusive jurisdiction to hear all actions by individuals and legal entities concerning EU law. The considerable variety of the areas in which the Court is active makes its decisions sources of law, knowledge of which is essential for the effective representation of persons who are subject to EU law. Some courts of EU Member States have even emphasised the essential nature of these sources of law for the practice of the legal profession, neglect of which can trigger professional liability. Having heard more than 1,000 cases in 2018, the Court, and the avenues of litigation through which cases are brought before it, thus appear to be fundamental components of effective judicial protection.

Questions/answers

Moderator: Florentino CARREÑO (Cuatrecasas) Madrid, Spain

II. The controls exercised by the European Institutions in the field of competition law

1. The powers exercised by the European Commission in the field of competition law, in particular in the area of mergers and acquisitions

Speaker: Theofanis CHRISTOFOROU, Principal Legal Adviser – European Commission Competition Team

The powers of the Commission in the area of EU competition law are extensive. They range from the power to collect information and carry out inspections to prohibit anticompetitive agreements and abusive conduct by dominant undertakings, block anticompetitive mergers, accept commitments and remedies, order divestitures, take interim measures and impose fines. It cooperates with national competition authorities and courts. Its decisions are immediately enforceable but appeals to the EU Courts in Luxembourg are possible to review the legality of the decisions and the imposed fines and other corrective remedies. The overall objective of these powers is to protect the proper functioning of the internal market, competitors and consumers. They are addressed to all undertakings (private, public or privileged undertakings), irrespective of where they are located or established if their conduct is implemented or have anticompetitive effects in the EU. The breadth of these powers will be illustrated by reference to some leading cases, such as Microsoft, Intel, Google, MasterCard, Lundbeck, Coty, DEI, Deustche Boerse/NYSE Euronext, and Siemens/Alstom.

2. The case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the area of mergers and acquisitions

Speaker: José Luís DA CRUZ VILAÇA, former President of the General Court, former Advocate-General and former President of Chamber at the Court of Justice

The wide margin of discretion recognized to the European Commission for the enforcement of the EU competition rules must be balanced with an effective judicial review by the EU courts going beyond the mere compliance with procedural requirements. The big challenge for the judge is then to turn sound economic principles and theories into solid legal criteria, capable of adjusting to complex realities (in particular those characterising the digital age) and at the same time ensuring legal certainty and predictability to individuals and undertakings. These propositions will be illustrated by reference to the case law of the ECJ regarding, on the one hand, the enforcement of Article 102 TFEU (ex- Articles 86 EEC and 82 EC), from Hoffman La Roche to Intel, and, on the other hand, the application of the merger control regulation, in particular the notion of collective dominant position (see Air Tours/First Choice).

Questions/answers and final observations

Moderators:
Martin André DITTMER (Gorrissen Federspiel) Copenhagen, Denmark
Astrid ABLASSER-NEUHUBER (BPV Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH) Vienna, Austria
Aleksander STAWICKI (WKB Wierciski Kwiecinski Baehr) Warsaw, Poland

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  • 2019-11-08T10:00:00 2019-11-08T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Speed Dating for Law Firms European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE UIA
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Speed Dating for Law Firms

  • 08/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE

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During this session, the law firms’ representatives will give a 3-minute presentation of themselves. The aim is to extend their network internationally for future engagements, to meet lawyers from around the world and to share their experience of managing law firms.

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  • 2019-11-07T10:00:00 2019-11-07T13:30:00 Europe/Paris International Criminal Defence European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE UIA
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International Criminal Defence

  • 07/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE
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  • 2019-11-09T10:00:00 2019-11-09T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Privacy and Rights of the Digital Person European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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Privacy and Rights of the Digital Person

  • 09/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR
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  • 2019-11-08T17:00:00 2019-11-08T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Food Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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Food Law

  • 08/11/2019 - 16:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR

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Protection of Industrial Property Rights in the Agri-Food Sector

The production and marketing of quality agro-food products has developed enormously in recent years for many reasons, which include a greater attention by consumers to the quality of food for both health and emotional purposes, deriving from a conscious choice of products, also based on their origin.

The producers' goal is to differentiate their products, make them recognizable, as quality products, also through investments on brands and the defense of the system of designations of origin. But not only; the goal for producers is also to defend their industrial secrets (which include particular recipes or their know-how), anti their  industrial patents, which concern, for example, genetically modified vegetable varieties.

In turn, consumers demand guarantees on the origin of the products and on their quality.

The working session aims at examining and effectively managing the problems concerning the protection of industrial property rights by clients who produce and / or market quality products, but also to examine what tools are available to the consumer for not be misled.

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  • 2019-11-09T09:00:00 2019-11-09T10:30:00 Europe/Paris Meeting of Presidents of National Committees European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing IT UIA
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Meeting of Presidents of National Committees

  • 09/11/2019 - 8:00 - 9:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing IT
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  • 2019-11-06T15:00:00 2019-11-06T16:30:00 Europe/Paris Forum of Lawyers from Central and Eastern Europen Countries European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE UIA
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Forum of Lawyers from Central and Eastern Europen Countries

  • 06/11/2019 - 14:00 - 15:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE
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  • 2019-11-09T12:00:00 2019-11-09T13:30:00 Europe/Paris UIA / AIJA European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT UIA
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UIA / AIJA

  • 09/11/2019 - 11:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT
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  • 2019-11-07T10:00:00 2019-11-07T13:30:00 Europe/Paris International Arbitration European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E UIA
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International Arbitration

  • 07/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E

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EU Law and Arbitration
The session will deal address the interface between European law and arbitration. Although arbitration is excluded from the scope of the Brussels Convention, the relationship between European law and arbitration is a matter of increasing complexity. The related issues will be explored by two panels. The first panel, focused on commercial arbitration, will examine topics such as antisuit injunctions and the application of EU mandatory provisions.  The second panel, devoted to investment arbitration, will discuss matters of current interest in this area, including the new investment dispute resolution system chosen by Europe, the enforcement of intra EU awards and investor-state dispute settlement reform.

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  • 2019-11-08T12:00:00 2019-11-08T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Bankruptcy Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT UIA
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Bankruptcy Law

  • 08/11/2019 - 11:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT

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  • 2019-11-08T15:00:00 2019-11-08T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Young Lawyers' Session European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK UIA
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Young Lawyers' Session

  • 08/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK

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Challenges for Solo Practitioners and Medium Law Firms
i. Retainer agreements: client’s right to fire a lawyer Vs lawyer’s right to dismiss the client
ii. Data security and reputational risks: issues which can bring down a firm
iii. Well-being: strategies for coping with the competing demands which are placed on young lawyers today

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  • 2019-11-08T15:00:00 2019-11-08T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Law of Robotics European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT UIA
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Law of Robotics

  • 08/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT
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  • 2019-11-08T15:00:00 2019-11-08T18:00:00 Europe/Paris Protection of Lawyers European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle UIA
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Protection of Lawyers

  • 08/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle
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  • 2019-11-09T10:00:00 2019-11-09T11:30:00 Europe/Paris Administrative and Regulatory Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT UIA
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Administrative and Regulatory Law

  • 09/11/2019 - 9:00 - 10:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT

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Public Procurement Litigation: the State of the Art
Public and utilities procurement is an area of expertise very relevant for all countries in the world. Anytime states, regions, municipalities and other public entities need to acquire services or goods or to contract civil works or else to award concession agreements, public and utilities legal provisions have to be complied with. As the competition in this field is highly intense, litigation is quite common.

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  • 2019-11-08T15:00:00 2019-11-08T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Banking and Financial Law / Start-Ups & Venture Capital European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D UIA
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Banking and Financial Law / Start-Ups & Venture Capital

  • 08/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D

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Sustainable Finance
This joint session of the Banking and Financial Services Law and Start-ups and Venture Capital Commissions will analyse issues of sustainable and responsible investments faced in different jurisdictions by investees and financial institutions, with a special focus on three different industries (i) corporate finance, (ii) assets management and (iii) start-ups and venture capital.
The session will be devised in 3 different panels of 1 hour each focusing on the different industries. After an introduction of an industry expert covering the main challenges faced by the industry in investments integrating environmental, social and governance factors, the panelists will answer to various queries of the moderator with respect to the legal, regulatory and soft-law issues faced by investees and financial institutions in different jurisdiction.

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  • 2019-11-06T19:00:00 2019-11-06T22:30:00 Europe/Paris Opening Ceremony and Welcome Cocktail Philharmonie UIA
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Opening Ceremony and Welcome Cocktail

  • 06/11/2019 - 18:00 - 21:30
  • Philharmonie

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The opening ceremony will take place at the Philharmonie. In the spirit of the UIA tradition, several key officials will welcome the participants and wish them successful sessions. During the opening ceremony, the UIA / Lexisnexis Rule of Law Award will be delivered to an individual or an organisation who actively contributes to the advancement of the rule of law within the legal community.
The ceremony will be followed by a welcome cocktail, where you will be able to meet your friends and colleagues.

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  • 2019-11-08T10:00:00 2019-11-08T13:30:00 Europe/Paris EU Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK UIA
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EU Law

  • 08/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK

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Brexit – the Never Ending Story
The decision of the UK to leave the EU, expected to be put into effect in 2019,  will be one of this year’s major events affecting Europe. Despite the detailed agreements that have been negotiated, there remain many uncertainties on the impact of Brexit on individuals and businesses alike. In addition to the technical aspects relating to the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, there is also the future relationship between the UK and the EU, which remains to be defined.
Ever since the 2016 referendum, Brexit has become a recurrent theme at the annual UIA Congresses. Invariably, the topic gave ground to animated discussions on a wide range of legal issues. This will not be different this year. After a general overview of the process, status and outlook of Brexit, experts will discuss the impact of Brexit on the position of individuals, employees and lawyers, both within the EU27 and the UK, and the impact for businesses in terms of contracts, regulations, tax, IP law etc.

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  • 2019-11-08T21:30:00 2019-11-08T00:00:00 Europe/Paris Gala dinner Mudam UIA
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Gala dinner

  • 08/11/2019 - 20:30 - -1:00
  • Mudam
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  • 2019-11-09T13:30:00 2019-11-09T15:00:00 Europe/Paris Lunch 09/11 European Convention Center Luxembourg UIA
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Lunch 09/11

  • 09/11/2019 - 12:30 - 14:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg
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  • 2019-11-08T15:00:00 2019-11-08T16:30:00 Europe/Paris The Future of the Lawyer European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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The Future of the Lawyer

  • 08/11/2019 - 14:00 - 15:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR

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The Transversality of Human Rights in the Practice of the Legal Profession
Both the continental and common law legal systems are undergoing fundamental transformations that compromise their sensibility, which is a key element of their substantive legitimacy.
The disproportionate proliferation of norms in continental systems compromises the systemic coherence of the "legal order" as a structural framework of logical rules, underpinned by stable and general categories. On the other hand, the common law legal system has evolved towards the codification, a process that alters the meaning of constitutional conventions, as ad hoc solutions, as well as the role of the courts.
Human rights, on the contrary, are increasingly seen as a normative system founded on interpretation and an overarching hermeneutical criterion. The legal tests for equality, non-discrimination, minimum content, limits, or conflict, constitute daily interpretive parameters for jurists. Each and every defense is articulated by weighing the rights of "action" and the rights of "resistance" in a concrete legal situation. The sensibility of a specific legal position is increasingly constructed via the hermeneutics of subjective human rights and draws less from the rationality of the system.

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  • 2019-11-07T09:00:00 2019-11-07T10:00:00 Europe/Paris First-Timers Breakfast European Convention Center Luxembourg UIA
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First-Timers Breakfast

  • 07/11/2019 - 8:00 - 9:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg

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This event offers a warm welcome to those (UIA members or non-members) attending the UIA Congress for the first time. Their badge will indicate that they are first-time participants.

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  • 2019-11-07T15:00:00 2019-11-07T18:30:00 Europe/Paris International Estate Planning European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D UIA
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International Estate Planning

  • 07/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D
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  • 2019-11-06T15:00:00 2019-11-06T16:30:00 Europe/Paris Portuguese-Speaking Lawyers' Forum European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT UIA
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Portuguese-Speaking Lawyers' Forum

  • 06/11/2019 - 14:00 - 15:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT
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  • 2019-11-08T09:00:00 2019-11-08T10:00:00 Europe/Paris Meeting of Presidents of Commissions European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing IT UIA
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Meeting of Presidents of Commissions

  • 08/11/2019 - 8:00 - 9:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing IT
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  • 2019-11-07T15:00:00 2019-11-07T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Information Technology Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT UIA
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Information Technology Law

  • 07/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT

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Protection of Know-How and Trade Secrets – What the Business Lawyer Needs to Know
Business lawyers are often asked to draft or review non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). This session will provide an update on latest developments regarding the protection of trade secrets from both civil and common law perspectives. We will explore the practical implications of the new EU directive on the protection of trade secrets. We will consider the “reasonable steps” necessary to confer the protection of trade secrecy upon your client’s know-how and information, including NDAs. We will focus on typical clauses in NDAs, their respective pros and cons, and how to enforce a NDA. Our speakers will share their long-time practical experience in this area of law with you. You will be invited to actively participate in our discussion.

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  • 2019-11-09T15:00:00 2019-11-09T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Family Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E UIA
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Family Law

  • 09/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E
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  • 2019-11-07T12:00:00 2019-11-07T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Retirement and Pensions European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT UIA
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Retirement and Pensions

  • 07/11/2019 - 11:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT

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Round table open to all on the topic "What pension (s) for lawyers? "

Pension plans for lawyers are often different from one country to another, but in general, they have each time managed to build a system that meets their needs and is therefore specific. It is this specificity which is today defeated and which is challenged in many countries. After various presentations that illustrate this diversity and the wealth of the latter, a great debate must take place in the UIA Congress in Luxembourg.

His goal ? Show how important it is for lawyers to be masters of their social protection and the choices they have made in retirement.

In the end, reaching a congressional motion showing lawyers' attachment to a specific pension plan would once again be an expression of the independence of the profession.

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  • 2019-11-06T16:30:00 2019-11-06T18:00:00 Europe/Paris Latin American Lawyers' Forum European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK UIA
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Latin American Lawyers' Forum

  • 06/11/2019 - 15:30 - 17:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK

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The State of Art of Arbitration in Latin America
How often is arbitration being used in Latin America at both national and international levels? At national level is it a widespread private alternative dispute resolution or only used in important commercial cases? What about the local chamber? Are they efficient and with a reasonable cost or too expensive and of a poor standard?
And what about international arbitration decisions? Are they easily implemented in our Region or there are still some local difficulties, especially when national governments are concerned?

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  • 2019-11-07T10:00:00 2019-11-07T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Fashion Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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Fashion Law

  • 07/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR

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The Impact for the Fashion Industry of Recent EU Legal Changes
EU has recently passed several Regulations and Directives that have had a direct-impact on the fashion industry. E.g. Geo-blocking regulation had a direct impact on e-commerce, GDPR on e-garments or, amongst others, the enforcement directive has unified the IP enforcement regime all over the EU. These changes has also changed the way lawyers have to advise their clients.

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  • 2019-11-08T10:00:00 2019-11-08T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Doing Business in Respect of Human Rights European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle UIA
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Doing Business in Respect of Human Rights

  • 08/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle

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On June 16, 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These are guidelines for the UN Member States and private businesses for the fulfilment of their legal obligations, as part of the implementation of the UN’s “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework. These Guiding Principles are grounded in recognition of:
- States’ existing obligations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights and fundamental freedoms;
- The role of business enterprises as specialized organs of society performing specialized functions, which are required to comply with all applicable laws and to respect human rights;
- The need for rights and obligations to be matched to appropriate and effective remedies when breached.

In its conclusions of June 20, 2016, the Council of Ministers of the European Union emphasised the “significant role that business should play in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The Council also recognised that “corporate respect for human rights and its embedding in corporate operations and value and supply chains is indispensable to sustainable development and achieving the SDGs”. It is in this spirit that the Council resolutely supports the aforementioned Guiding Principles. Moreover, the Council emphasises how the Member States of the EU have taken the lead internationally on developing and adopting National Action Plans (NAPs) to implement the Guiding Principles or integrating the UN Guiding Principles into national CSR strategies.

Specific attention will be paid to ethics charters within companies, to labelling schemes, to raising awareness of risks and to the implementation of best practices in this field. This approach aims, in particular, to ensure effective consideration for fundamental rights in businesses, including, among other things, the protection of personal data and policies to combat discrimination, in order to achieve a more sustainable, equitable economy.

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  • 2019-11-09T10:00:00 2019-11-09T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Special Session: Violence Against Women European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle UIA
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Special Session: Violence Against Women

  • 09/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Hémicycle
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  • 2019-11-07T10:00:00 2019-11-07T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Labour Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK UIA
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Labour Law

  • 07/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK

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The Gender Diversity and Other Non-Discrimination Solutions
What are the gender discrimination issues and other discrimination issues that arise during the employment cycle? How can we change our approach to diversity (and non-discrimination in general) in a way that effectively achieves gender diversity and non-discrimination? What legal solutions are being implemented in our jurisdictions ((i) non-discriminatory job advertisements; (ii) protection against harassment; (iii) employer’s obligations to provide reasonable accommodations; (iv) dismissal during pregnancy; (v) equal pay for work of equal value; (vi) religion freedom, etc.); How labour inspection can detect and tackle discrimination at work? 

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  • 2019-11-08T13:30:00 2019-11-08T15:00:00 Europe/Paris Lunch 08/11 European Convention Center Luxembourg UIA
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Lunch 08/11

  • 08/11/2019 - 12:30 - 14:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg
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  • 2019-11-09T15:00:00 2019-11-09T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Special Workshop: Artificial Intelligence and Employment European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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Special Workshop: Artificial Intelligence and Employment

  • 09/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR
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  • 2019-11-09T10:00:00 2019-11-09T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Intellectual Property / Litigation / Competition Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E UIA
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Intellectual Property / Litigation / Competition Law

  • 09/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E

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Doing Business in the 21st Century:  Litigation of Intellectual Property and Competition Law Claims
The world in the 21st century is a smaller place, but an ever more complex one for doing business as innovative new business models challenge the established order. Modern business tactics are underpinned by a complex network of competing rights and obligations, from intellectual property rights to contractual rights, torts and regulatory laws. As competition becomes tougher, so businesses attempt to find ways of strengthening their brands and protecting their designs, not always by legitimate means. Securing and enforcing intellectual property rights and negotiating and enforcing selective distribution networks and other restrictive contracts designed to protect brand identity and integrity and market share become a key focus as businesses seek to maintain their exclusivity. 
They often face heavy cross-border litigation involving multi-jurisdictional rights and forum disputes and, at the same time, the problem of counterfeiting and piracy. Then there are the companies whose business is to enforce but not to exploit intellectual property rights, the “patent trolls”, which pose a real threat to legitimate business which advances our global society.
Lawyers from the Intellectual Property, Litigation and Competition Law Commissions will be joining forces to tackle some of the issues and provide some solutions to the daily problems businesses face in bringing their products and services to market in the modern business world.

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  • 2019-11-08T15:00:00 2019-11-08T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Immigration and Nationality Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE UIA
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Immigration and Nationality Law

  • 08/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE

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Is it Necessary to Restrict Free Movement?
While attention is focused on the migration crisis, political structures which allow the free movement of people and free trade are being put in place in all major regions of the world. Indeed, the EU has created the Schengen Area, North America - NAFTA, and South America - MERCOSUR.
The opening of borders thus leads to an increase in international mobility and has made it possible to remedy the need for labour in certain States. According to a recent study by the audit firm PwC, international professional transfers have already recorded a record 25% growth over the past ten years.
However, this context of market opening and labour mobility is not without risks: countries with high labour costs may see their productions compete with identical products that are cheaper because they are manufactured at lower costs. This situation has created many relocations, sometimes threatening employment in countries with high labour costs.
In the United States, which has traditionally been a model of liberalism, President Donald Trump constantly castigates American companies that decide to relocate their activities, and even threatens them with sanctions. On the other side of the Atlantic, the British people voted in favour of Brexit, particularly because of the restrictions on foreign labour that will result from Britain leaving the EU.
In this context, the objective of our session will be in particular to discuss the impact of the free movement of persons on the economic development of countries, but also the risks of wage and social under-pricing inherent to such freedom.

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  • 2019-11-09T15:00:00 2019-11-09T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Media Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK UIA
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Media Law

  • 09/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK

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Business Confidentiality, Business and Denigration

Presentation of legislative and jurisprudential developments in press law for companies

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  • 2019-11-07T15:00:00 2019-11-07T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Real Estate Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE UIA
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Real Estate Law

  • 07/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE

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Where Bricks Meet Bytes. What is Proptech About?
In the latest years, the word Proptech has very much been in everybody’s mouth.
Real estate, as a market and as a practice has traditionally been very resilient to technological innovation except when dealing with new construction techniques and solutions.
Now the focus is shifting from “bricks” to “bytes” and there seems to be a worldwide trend that goes beyond construction, seems to attain both development and investment markets in many ways and from many angles, this including the use of technology to automate various processes, from asset management to facility management.
Lawyers cannot escape from Proptech and this is why we propose that you join our session, where we will try to have keynote speakers from the sector illustrate us on what proptech is about and favor a discussion on how this can impact our work.

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  • 2019-11-09T10:00:00 2019-11-09T13:30:00 Europe/Paris UIA / ABA European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK UIA
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UIA / ABA

  • 09/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK

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Private Lawyers, Public Interest and Corporate Social Responsibility

With the advent of the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business in 2014, corporate social responsibility has begun moving from soft law to hard law, and remains an important aspect of the private lawyers’ ethical obligations in properly advising clients on human rights issues, particularly regarding the supply chain. This program will be divided into two parts. The first part will focus on contract law issues, including those involving supply chain contracts. The panel will discuss best practices, including resources available to private practitioners, and provide an overview of current statutory regimes that impose criminal and/or disclosure and reporting requirements. The second part will explore the past five years since the adoption of the UNGP and how countries are beginning to legislate disclosure and more substantive requirements to compel private companies to enforce human rights as part of corporate social responsibility. This part will explore three areas: defining and distinguishing corporate social responsibility, defining the lawyer’s professional responsibility and ethical obligations, and how corporate social responsibility relates to the increasing concern about narrowing the justice gap.

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  • 2019-11-07T10:00:00 2019-11-07T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Human Rights European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D UIA
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Human Rights

  • 07/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D

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The New Challenges in Protecting Fundamental Freedoms and Human Rights
As defenders of human rights and protectors of fundamental freedoms, lawyers face nowadays new challenges that they need to overcome in order to fulfill their mission effectively. In this respect, we will focus on the current challenges concerning mainly:
- The prevention of torture, inhuman treatment and arbitrary proceedings in criminal cases,
- The legal support to victims of domestic violence and violence on social media,
- The protection against human rights violations in the workplace.
We will then determine the best and most efficient practices to deal with such challenges and talk about the evolving role of lawyers in upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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  • 2019-11-06T15:00:00 2019-11-06T16:30:00 Europe/Paris Spanish-Speaking Lawyers' Forum European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK UIA
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Spanish-Speaking Lawyers' Forum

  • 06/11/2019 - 14:00 - 15:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing UK

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The Differences between the Civil Law and Common Law Systems
- Property rights in common law jurisdictions: historical precedents, legal statuses and interests, the role of Equity, registered and non-registered land
- Trusts 
- The concept of disclosure in English divorce proceedings
- The liquidation of marital property
- How to manage arbitration proceedings (written and oral proceedings/hearings) from the perspective of common law and civil law

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  • 2019-11-08T10:00:00 2019-11-08T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Insurance law / Biotechnology Law / Health Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D UIA
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Insurance law / Biotechnology Law / Health Law

  • 08/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D

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How are Today’s Dream Medical and Biological Innovations Creating Tomorrow’s Legal and Insurance Nightmares?
Join us as we explore the frontier of how today’s medical and biotechnological innovations are creating legal, insurance and intellectual property nightmares. Panelists will discuss the problems and also explore recommendations and legal solutions for solving these problems.

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  • 2019-11-08T10:00:00 2019-11-08T11:30:00 Europe/Paris Art Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT UIA
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Art Law

  • 08/11/2019 - 9:00 - 10:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing PT
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  • 2019-11-09T15:00:00 2019-11-09T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D UIA
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Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions

  • 09/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D

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Structuring Cross-Border Deals of PE Funds and VC Firms

This session will look at common issues in cross-border deals of PE funs and VC firms, with special focus on (i) the issues that often arise in structuring a cross-border deal with PE and VC firms, including the exit strategies, the management participation, the anti-dilution clauses, liquidation preferences, control provisions, etc. and (ii) the specifics on some industry-related investments such as Fintech.

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  • 2019-11-08T10:00:00 2019-11-08T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Foreign Investment European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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Foreign Investment

  • 08/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR

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New Vehicles for Foreign Investment: what are the current best jurisdictions, regarding regulatory issues, tax economy and other advantages, to place corporate structures for foreign investment?
We are in Luxembourg, in the heart of Europe and very close to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands … jurisdictions that were traditionally related to holding structures for foreign investment aiming at better secrecy, tax saving and avoiding liabilities. Those jurisdictions were also object of recent controversy, international pressure and even scandals. Because of that, and also due to changes in the international and national legislations, those corporate structures changed a lot (compromising their efficiency in many aspects). What is their current status? What are the advantages and risks currently present in their structures? What are the best jurisdictions? A session with the support of the Tax Law Commission.

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  • 2019-11-09T20:30:00 2019-11-09T21:30:00 Europe/Paris Closing Cocktail European Convention Center Luxembourg UIA
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Closing Cocktail

  • 09/11/2019 - 19:30 - 20:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg
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  • 2019-11-09T10:00:00 2019-11-09T13:30:00 Europe/Paris Criminal Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D UIA
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Criminal Law

  • 09/11/2019 - 9:00 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle D

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The Right of Silence
The right of silence - the right of the accused to refuse to answer questions before or during trial - has a long history. Supporters of the right regard it as protecting the presumption of innocence whereas its critics see it as a refuge for the guilty.
What do we mean by the right of silence today? Is it still used and does it offer the same level of protection, including in multi-jurisdictional investigations? A number of jurisdictions have found ways in which to erode this right, whether by adverse inference or by the compulsion of information, with criminal sanction for refusal to comply.

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  • 2019-11-07T15:00:00 2019-11-07T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Management of Law Firms European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR UIA
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Management of Law Firms

  • 07/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing FR
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  • 2019-11-09T15:00:00 2019-11-09T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Sports Law European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE UIA
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Sports Law

  • 09/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Briefing DE

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Emerging Issues in Football Law

This program will examine the importance of emerging issues in football law. Experienced speakers from the sports industry, advisors and members of governing bodies will be invited to discuss and analyze the projected changes in football law over the next few years and its consequences for the sport and the industry of football.
After an introduction of the FIFA’s Legal Counsel, the panel will focus on:

• The new FIFA regulations on players
• The new FIFA regulations on agents
• Sports arbitration clauses
• Movement of athletes, coaches and support personnel
• Training and solidarity compensation claims

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  • 2019-11-06T11:30:00 2019-11-06T13:30:00 Europe/Paris UIA General Assembly European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle C UIA
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UIA General Assembly

  • 06/11/2019 - 10:30 - 12:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle C

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Meeting reserved exclusively for UIA members

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  • 2019-11-07T13:30:00 2019-11-07T15:00:00 Europe/Paris Lunch 07/11 European Convention Center Luxembourg UIA
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Lunch 07/11

  • 07/11/2019 - 12:30 - 14:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg
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  • 2019-11-07T15:00:00 2019-11-07T18:30:00 Europe/Paris International Bar Leaders’ Senate - Meeting reserved for Bar Presidents/Representatives European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E UIA
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International Bar Leaders’ Senate - Meeting reserved for Bar Presidents/Representatives

  • 07/11/2019 - 14:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E

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The International Bar Leaders’ Senate (IBLS) is a consultative body of the UIA created in 1994. The IBLS meets at least once a year, notably during the annual UIA congress. During these meetings, Bar leaders and Presidents of professional lawyer organisations at local, national and international levels, gather in order to deal with the most recent issues related to law, deontology, ethics and fundamental values of the legal profession.

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  • 2019-11-06T13:30:00 2019-11-06T15:00:00 Europe/Paris Networking Cocktail 06/11 European Convention Center Luxembourg UIA
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Networking Cocktail 06/11

  • 06/11/2019 - 12:30 - 14:00
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg
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  • 2019-11-08T10:00:00 2019-11-08T18:30:00 Europe/Paris Contract Law / Private International Law / Transport Law / International Sale of Goods European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E UIA
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Contract Law / Private International Law / Transport Law / International Sale of Goods

  • 08/11/2019 - 9:00 - 17:30
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg Salle E

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Applicable Law in International Commercial Transactions
Governing law is one of the first concerns in international commercial transactions, and its choice – or the failure to make a proper choice – might turn out to be a major risk when drafting a contract. The issues which are to be taken into account for the choice of law when drafting a transnational agreement are anything but self-evident. The complications increase where a transaction includes or might include not only contractual obligations but also non-contractual risks. Where, how and to what extent can a properly made choice of law mitigate the risks linked to the uncertainties surrounding the law applicable to a transaction or a chain of interrelated operations and obligations? This will be one of the central issues of this joint session. Choice of law walks also hand in hand with choice of jurisdiction, one of the major risks being in this respect to have a court applying a domestic law which is not its own. The application of foreign mandatory provisions might also prove to be a nonnegligible risk factor.
On the basis of very pragmatic case studies presented by experts of international sales, international contracts and transport operations, our private international law reflections will handle those crucial points with a particular reference to the current trends and principles set forth on this subject by national and international Courts, with the aim to provide a platform for exchange of experiences among all participants.

Congress Venue

EUROPEAN CONVENTION CENTER LUXEMBOURG – ECCL
4 place de l’Europe
L-1499 Luxembourg
Tel. : +352 43 02 57 751
www.eccl.lu

Organisers’ Address

To register for the congress and for any information on the UIA and/or the congress, please contact:

UNION INTERNATIONALE DES AVOCATS
20 rue Drouot - 75009 Paris - France
Tel: +33 1 44 88 55 66 - Fax: +33 1 44 88 55 77
uiacentre@uianet.org

To book your hotel or register for tourist activities please contact:

DESTINATION PLUS
58 rue Saint Lambert - 75015 Paris - France
Tel: +33 1 56 08 37 37 - Fax: +33 1 56 08 37 38
congres-uia@destinationplus.fr
www.destinationplus-uia.com

HOW TO REGISTER?

Register online or fill in one registration form per congress participant.
Your registration will only be confirmed after the full payment of the registration fees.

REGISTRATION FEES
The registration fees for UIA members or non-members include the following*:
- Opening ceremony and welcome cocktail at the Philharmonie on November 6, 2019,
- Informal reception at the Rockhal on November 7, 2019 except for law students,
- Closing ceremony and cocktail at the ECCL on November 9, 2019,
- Working sessions (main themes, commissions and working groups), except for accompanying persons,
- Lunches and coffee breaks on November 7, 8 and 9, 2019,
- Congress bag (for congress participants only),
- Access to the exhibition area.

All the participants are requested to mention the activities in which they wish to participate, whether or not they are included in the congress registration fees.
For activities that are not included in the registration fees, no registration shall be made until the full payment for the concerned activity has been received.

* Except in the case of one-day registrations or accompanying persons.

METHODS OF PAYMENT TO THE UIA
Congress Registration Fees / Gala Dinner / General Excursion
The Congress registration fees, as well as the gala dinner and the general excursion fees, must be paid:

1 - By credit card (VISA or MASTERCARD) in Euros only.
2 - By SWIFT bank transfer, specifying on the transfer order: “no charges for the beneficiary”, in favor of the Union Internationale des Avocats, indicating your surname and first name and the reference: “63rd Luxembourg Congress”.

Account holder:
Union Internationale des Avocats
Société Générale - 91 avenue des Champs Elysées
75116 Paris - France
BIC/SWIFT: SOGE FRPPXXX
IBAN: FR76 3000 3033 9200 0503 4165 164

Access for People with Restricted Mobility
As the access to some venues might not be very easy for people with restricted mobility, please kindly indicate in the appropriate section of the registration form whether you need any particular attention.

Shuttles / Access
The UIA will provide a shuttle service during daytime between the ECCL and the hotels of the congress. Transfers to and from your hotel will be provided for the evenings. The shuttle schedules will be available in the congress final programme distributed onsite at the registration desk and posted up in the hotels.

Lunches
Lunches will be organised so that you have ample time to meet friends and colleagues. They will be served at the ECCL. Access will be granted on presentation of your badge, and based on the selection you have made on your registration form.

Exhibition Area
The congress partners will be at the ECCL during the entire event to present their products and services. The list of the congress partners and exhibitors will be available on the partners section.

List of Congress Participants
Once you are registered for the congress you have privileged access to the participants’ list (along with contact details) at any time through “My UIA” section at www.uianet.org

Congress Reports
The reports received in electronic format by the UIA will be available on “My UIA” section at www.uianet.org, for all registered participants who have paid their registration fees.

Accreditation
In order to obtain credits for continuing legal education purposes, if applicable depending on agreement at the national level, each participant attending the congress may download his / her “Certificate of Attendance” after the Congress ends through “My UIA” section at www.uianet.org. For more information, please contact the UIA.

Changes and Additions
Some names and meetings or activities have not yet been inserted in this programme, as the UIA did not receive confirmations in time for printing. We invite you to regularly consult the portal of the Luxembourg congress on the UIA Website to find out about the changes and additions made in the congress programme. The final programme will be distributed to participants at the congress venue, and will include all updates and logistical information.

Simultaneous Translation
The next table summarises the meetings where simultaneous translation will be provided, according to the information available as of the time of printing. Upon your arrival at the congress, please consult the final programme to check whether simultaneous translation is being provided in other languages or for other meetings.

Helpful tip
You will also have the opportunity throughout the congress to download directly all the reports and other documents of the congress scientific sessions, using the Wifi connection that will be available at the ECCL.

Entry Formalities

Nationals of EU Member States and Swiss nationals do not need a visa for stays of less than three months. However, they must be in possession of a valid National Identity Card or Passport.

Passport holders from countries other than EU Member States or Switzerland should consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, which lists the countries whose citizens do not require a visa for short stays. If, on the contrary, you are a citizen of a country that is subject to the visa obligation, please contact the Luxembourg embassy or consulate in your country of residence in order to obtain a visa:

Luxembourg diplomatic and consular missions

We strongly advise those who require a visa to proceed with their visa application as early as possible.

Transport

Direct flights serve Luxembourg airport on several airlines. You can benefit from attractive rates if you book your flight online as early as possible.

You may contact our partner agency Destination Plus for further information regarding flights, and to organise your flights for groups of more than 10 people:

DESTINATION PLUS
58 rue Saint Lambert - 75015 Paris - France
Tel.: +33 1 56 08 37 37 - Fax: +33 1 56 08 37 38
Email: congres-uia@destinationplus.fr
Website: www.destinationplus-uia.com

Transfers

The UIA will not provide shuttle services from the airport or from the train station. Luxembourg-Findel international airport is located 8 km from the ECCL. It takes around 15-20 minutes to go from the airport to the ECCL by taxi depending on traffic conditions. The train station is located in the city centre, 15 minutes away from the ECCL. Luxembourg has also a good public transport system including buses, trains and tramway.

Accommodation

The hotels selected by the UIA are located in three areas:

- the Kirchberg plateau, which is home to the European institutions, the European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL), the Philharmonie and the Mudam;
- the Luxembourg city centre, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site;
- the Dommeldange district, which is located in the northeast of the city, in a green environment.

Due to high demand, hotels are filling up very quickly in Luxembourg. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed with your hotel reservation as quickly as possible. Due to the limited number of rooms and the fact that preferential rates cannot be guaranteed for more than the number of rooms reserved by the UIA, we recommend that you make your reservations as early as possible with our partner agency, Destination Plus.

To book and pay online go to www.destinationplus-uia.com

A minimum of two consecutive nights is requested for each hotel reservation.

Shuttles between the congress hotels and the ECCL will be available from November 6 to 9. The timetables will be included in the final programme.
We are offering reduced rates that have been specifically negotiated for the UIA Congress. Most of the hotels offer a special reduced rate on weekend nights (November 8 and 9). You will find details of the rates in the registration form. Breakfast is included in the room price of all the suggested hotels.

Kirchberg district

SOFITEL LUXEMBOURG EUROPE 5*

From €340 (€195 on weekend)
The Sofitel Luxembourg Europe is the Kirchberg district’s only 5-star hotel. The different areas revolve around a stunning central atrium that bathes the hotel in rays of natural light. Decorated in a classic contemporary style, all 109 rooms have been completely renovated in 2018.

Location: 400 meters from the ECCL, 5 minutes’ walk, and 2.5 km from the city centre, 10 minutes by taxi.
Hotel services: Oro e Argento Italian gastronomic restaurant, Le Stübli restaurant (Luxembourg cuisine), Le SixtyFour° bar, Havana Lounge cigar bar, fitness centre.
Our view: we liked the elegant and spacious rooms (37 sqm minimum), the immense light-filled atrium and the proximity of the ECCL.

MELIÁ LUXEMBOURG 4*

From €280 (€185 on weekend)
The Meliá Luxembourg is a design hotel located in the Kirchberg district. "Ecolabel" certified, the hotel has 161 elegant and bright rooms decorated in a contemporary style.

Location: 200 meters from the ECCL, 2 minutes’ walk, and 1.5 km from the city centre, 10 minutes by taxi.
Hotel services: Goya breakfast restaurant, Aqua restaurant & bar, Gaudí terrace bar, spa area with Finnish sauna, steam bath, relaxation area and fitness centre.
Our view: We liked the generous breakfast, the sophisticated décor and the ideal location of the hotel next to the ECCL, the Philharmonie and the Mudam.

SUITE NOVOTEL LUXEMBOURG 4*

From €280 (€170 on weekend)
The Suite Novotel Luxembourg, located in the Kirchberg area, exclusively comprises 30-square-metre modular suites. The 110 suites are spacious, comfortable and very pleasant.

Location: 400 meters from the ECCL, 5 minutes’ walk, and 2.5 km from the city centre, 10 minutes by taxi.
Hotel services: L'Encas snack-bar, fitness centre and private car park (€17/night).
Our view: We liked the “Suite Novotel” concept, ideal for delegates who want to stay in the immediate vicinity of the Congress venue.

NOVOTEL LUXEMBOURG KIRCHBERG 4*

From €255 (€170 on weekend)
The Novotel Luxembourg Kirchberg is the largest hotel of the area. The 260 rooms are spacious, contemporary, and offer all modern conveniences.

Location: 500 meters from the ECCL, 5 minutes’ walk, and 2.5 km from the city centre, 10 minutes by taxi.
Hotel services: N'Bistro restaurant & bar, fitness centre and private car park (€ 11.50/night).
Our view: We liked the spacious (minimum 27 sqm) and comfortable rooms, the local and international cuisine of N'Bistro, and the location at the heart of the Kirchberg plateau.

City centre

LE ROYAL LUXEMBOURG 5*

From €320
Le Royal Hotel is located in the heart of the city and close to the historic centre. It is part of the Leading Hotels of the World luxury hotel collection. The 159 brightly coloured rooms with soft textures were fully renovated in 2015. They complete the look of the hotel, where chic and comfort come together.

Location: 2 km from the ECCL, 10 minutes by UIA shuttle or taxi.
Hotel services: La Pomme Cannelle French gastronomy restaurant, Amélys restaurant, Piano Bar, health club (heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room, fitness centre, solarium, massages and beauty salon), private car park (€15-20/night), free shuttle from/to airport and train station on request.
Our view: We liked the spacious rooms (30 sqm minimum), the spa, the elegant lobby, the impeccable service and the very central location.

NOVOTEL LUXEMBOURG CENTRE 4*

From €300 (€170 on weekend)
The Novotel Luxembourg Centre is a 10-minute walk from the medieval Old Town and the train station. The 150 modern rooms with discreet design are bright and spacious (24 sqm).

Location: 3.5 km from the ECCL, 15 minutes by UIA shuttle or taxi.
Hotel services: Red Square restaurant & bar, fitness centre.
Our view: We liked the modern and elegant lobby and bar decor, the spacious and bright rooms and the proximity of the city centre.

PARC BELAIR 4*

From €205 (€140 on weekend)
The Parc Belair hotel is located in a residential area, next to the Parc de Merl and in the immediate vicinity of the city centre, which is less than fifteen minutes’ walk. The 58 rooms are elegantly decorated and comfortable.

Location: 3.5 km from the ECCL, 15 minutes by UIA shuttle or taxi.
Hotel services: Le Bistrot restaurant, Le Mary's bar, fitness centre, sauna. Private car park (€25/night), shuttle from/to airport (€30) and train station (€10) on request.
Our view: We liked the quiet and peaceful environment of the hotel, the colourful and warm decoration of the bar and lobby and the view of Parc de Merl from the breakfast restaurant.

PARC PLAZA 3*SUP

From €195 (€135 on weekend)
The Parc Plaza hotel is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre. The 89 rooms are spacious (21 sqm minimum) and functional.

Location: 3 km from the ECCL, 10 minutes by UIA shuttle or taxi.
Hotel services: Le Bec Fin restaurant, Le Bateau Ivre bar, skittle-alley, private car park (€25/night), shuttle from/to airport (€30) and train station (€10) on request.
Our view: We liked the central location, the comfort, the calm and the brightness of the rooms.

Dommeldange district

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON LUXEMBOURG 4*

From €180 (€120 on weekend)
The DoubleTree by Hilton is located in the north of the city in a natural setting offering peace and tranquillity. The 345 rooms have recently been renovated in a contemporary style.

Location: 4 km from the ECCL, 15 minutes by UIA shuttle or taxi, and 5 km from the city centre, 15 minutes by taxi.
Hotel services: The Green restaurant-bar, wellness area with indoor pool, sauna and fitness centre, free car park, free shuttle from/to airport and train station on request.
Our view: We liked the warm and "foody" welcome, the quiet and functional rooms and the natural green surroundings.

ALVISSE PARC HOTEL 4*

From €135
The Alvisse Parc Hotel is located in a green and quiet environment in the north of the city .The hotel has 325 comfortable and fully-equipped rooms.

Location: 4 km from the ECCL, 15 minutes by UIA shuttle or taxi, and 5 km from the city centre, 15 minutes by taxi.
Hotel services: La Véranda restaurant, lounge bar, wellness area with indoor pool, sauna, steam room, rest area and fitness centre, free car park.
Our view: We liked the quiet and relaxing environment, the indoor pool and the free car park, ideal for those coming by car.

General Conditions

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. A registration number will be assigned to each participant, which will be required during registration at the ECCL for handing over the Congress documents.

The UIA and Destination Plus reserve the right to cancel or postpone the Congress to a later date, change the Congress venue and/or programme, make any corrections or modifications in the information published in the Congress programme and cancel any invitation to participate in the congress, at any time and at their discretion, without having to provide any reasons.

Neither the UIA, Destination Plus, 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 Congress delegate, accompanying person or a third party following any cancellations, changes, postponements or modifications.

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 Congress delegate or accompanying person, except in case of death or personal injury due to gross negligence by the UIA.

The contractual relationship between the UIA and each participant (Congress delegate or accompanying person) in relation to the Congress are governed exclusively by French law. All dispute arising therefrom shall be resolved exclusively by the courts of Paris, France.

For accommodation for the Congress and the tours proposed by Destination Plus, the contractual relationship will be established directly between Destination Plus and each participant. This relationship is governed exclusively by French law, and all dispute arising therefrom shall be resolved exclusively by the courts of Paris, France.

FORMALITIES
It is the responsibility of Congress participants to ensure compliance with police, customs and health formalities for their journey. Congress participants unable to take part in the Congress 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
“Force majeure” means any event 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 organizing the Congress, 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 whatever 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 be responsible for all the expenses incumbent upon them, resulting from the case of force majeure.

HEALTH
The UIA and Destination Plus decline any liability in case of any health problems that may lead to complications or be aggravated during any part of the stay: pregnancy, cardio-vascular problems, any allergies, special diets, any disorders under treatment and not yet resolved on the day the Congress starts, psychological, mental or depressive illness, etc. (Non-exhaustive list).

CANCELLATION TERMS

Cancellation of Registration for the Congress / Gala Dinner / General Excursion
All cancellations will be subject to a 20% processing fee and must be sent in writing to the UIA no later than September 30, 2019. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after this date. All refunds will be paid after the Congress.

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

Invitation Letters

If you require an official invitation letter in order to obtain a visa, please:
• Register for the Congress and pay the registration fees as early as possible and no later than August 31, 2019 to ensure there is enough time to obtain a visa;
• Submit your request for an invitation letter no later than September 30, 2019. Invitation letters cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Applying for your visa

Once you have your invitation letter, you will need to apply for your visa. You are urged to contact the nearest Portuguese embassy or consulate as early as possible to determine where you should apply. You should also ask how long completing the visa process normally takes.

Registration refunds due to visa refusal

If you are refused a visa and you applied for your visa before August 31, 2019, we will refund your registration fees minus €50 to cover administrative costs. To be considered for a registration refund, please:

• Submit proof of a visa refusal to the UIA before the Congress;
• Submit a stamped copy of your visa application form (showing that you applied before August 31, 2019) before the Congress.

If your visa is issued after the Congress date or if you do not have proof of a visa refusal, you will not be entitled to a refund.

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