63rd Congress

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG

from November 06 to November 10, 2019

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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

Organising Committee

  • International Organising Committee

    Issouf BAADHIO UIA President
    François PRUM Congress President
    Alain GROSJEAN Secretary General
    Sylvestre TANDEAU DE MARSAC Finance Director
    Michael BRAUCH Congress Director
    Hervé CHEMOULI Congress Director
    Stéphane BONIFASSI Congress Deputy Director
    Randy ALIMENT Director of Revenue
    Sebastiaan MOOLENAAR Director of Commissions
    Clara MARA-MARHUENDA President of the Luxembourg National Committee


  • Philharmonie
  • European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL)
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Doing Business in Respect of Human Rights

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


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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Innovation and the Law: Where Passion Meets Reason

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


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.
How will these innovations influence the law? How should some innovations be more closely monitored and regulated by the law? What is the relevance of human rights to these developments and must they be reinterpreted in order to take human rights into account?
These are all questions that a panel of lawyers, university professors, regulators and representatives of institutions, as well as professionals, will attempt to answer using concrete examples

Congress Venue

4 place de l’Europe
L-1499 Luxembourg
Tel. : +352 43 02 57 751

Organisers’ Address

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

20 rue Drouot - 75009 Paris - France
Tel: +33 1 44 88 55 66 - Fax: +33 1 44 88 55 77

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

58 rue Saint Lambert - 75015 Paris - France
Tel: +33 1 56 08 37 37 - Fax: +33 1 56 08 37 38


Registration will open in April 2019.

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.

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