AIJA E-zette #32

E-zette #32


The Official e-magazine of AIJA,
the International Association of Young Lawyers

Half time!

Dear readers, dear AIJA Friends,
Already six months passed since I faced my first challenge as President of AIJA, namely to impeccably pronounce the names of all officers at the first Executive Committee meeting I chaired at the end of a memorable Annual Congress of AIJA in Buenos Aires.
Half time! Let me share some insights on what the Bureau, our staff in Brussels and I have working on since then.

You may remember that, within the framework of the present Strategic Plan of the Bureau of AIJA, my work plan and, hence, the efforts of AIJA leadership and staff during “my” year, focus on READ MORE

AIJA is heading to Prague

With around 20 events per year, AIJA could not disregard the vibrant city of Prague, one of the most dynamic hubs of Eastern Europe. On 26-30 August 2014 around 600 young lawyers from all over the world will gather at the Intercontinental Hotel in Prague to discuss about trends of international law as well as opportunities to develop further their business.

Working sessions include Counsels’ Role in International Arbitration Proceedings, Insolvency in the Real Estate Industry, High growth companies and how to fund them, Communications with the tax authorities, and other informative workshops on Transport Law, International Business Law, Intellectual Property and much more. A five-day intense scientific programme where READ MORE

3D printing and Intellectual property

Although 3D printing has become much more widely known, it is still a concept that is unfamiliar to many, and more have never seen the technology in action. A 3D printer is a machine that builds objects, by adding very tiny layers of material on top of each other - effectively, it “prints” in three dimensions.

The world of intellectual property, not surprisingly, has taken notice of 3D printing and a number of trends are, consequently, starting to READ MORE


AIJA HYC November 2013 – Back to Luxembourg!

With more than 240 participants, the Luxembourg half-year conference has set a new record for November AIJA Half-year conferences. Let’s have a look back at this event which took place from 20 to 23 November 2013 in the capital of this small state located in the very heart of Europe.

As you all know it (I am sure!), in 1962, the founding fathers of AIJA incorporated our association under the form of a Luxembourg READ MORE


Traineeship programme

AIJA launched in November 2013 a cooperation with ELSA, European Law Students' Association. AIJA members in France, Italy and India have already offered traineeships to the ELSA network, composed of over 30,000 law students. Do you want to be the next employer?

STEP is a trainee exchange programme that enables law students and young lawyers to gain first-hand experience of the substantive and procedural law as well as the culture of another country. The traineeship can vary from 2 weeks to 24 months and can take place in any law related area. The employer firm can freely determine these points as well as salary and minimum requirements regarding educational background or language skills and the like. On the basis of law firms' requirements, ELSA provides a ranking of all applicants.
If you are interested and would like to know more, simply send us an email and we will provide you with further details.

HYC in Santiago

AIJA is very pleased to invite you once again to Santiago, capital of this long and fascinating stripe of land, which runs along the Pacific Ocean for approximately 5,000 kms. This city is located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, at one hour from the sea, and one hour from the snow. READ MORE

Access to the profession. Spain vs. USA

The current state of the legal profession for all lawyers – not just recent graduates and junior lawyers – is difficult.  We are a global bar of competent, skilled individuals.  But as AIJA Immediate Past President Thierry Aballéa recently acknowledged during a panel on professional organizations (Spring 2013 Meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) – Section of International Law), securing employment within the legal profession is a real issue affecting junior and senior lawyers alike.
For young lawyers, however, gaining access to the legal profession is READ MORE

Event report: "Where the money is -and the risk", Vienna 2014

Finally, this January, after the long wait… my first AIJA seminar. All my expectations were more than met.
The subjects of this year’s regional meeting of the German-speaking AIJA members were the economic chances and risks of a lawfirm. In various sessions, Speaker Christoph H. Vaagt discussed organizational structures of partnerships, the market position of lawfirms as well as financing and profit distribution in lawfirms. On the second day, his colleague Thorsten Zulauf spoke about READ MORE

Pratique Professionnelle Argentine

La Commission de Jeunes Avocats du Barreau d’Avocats Buenos Aires a le plaisir de convier tous les jeunes avocats de la France et de l’Espagne à participer du premier programme de « Pratique Professionnelle Argentine »,  lequel aura lieu à Buenos Aires pendant les mois de Juillet et septembre 2014.

Il s’agit d’une expérience d’enseignement théorique et pratique juridique adressée aux READ MORE

HYC Zurich

Over 160 participants already registered! Join us for a great AIJA experience in Zurich where you will have the opportunity to attend our top notch seminar “Learning from the Best” in the morning and choose between the workshops “Arbitration and Banking – does it fit” (Arbitration Commission) and a “Harvard style negotiation mock case” (SCILL and M&A Commission) in the afternoon. They all offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about READ MORE

New anti-corruption laws in Brazil

Law 12.846/13, known as the Anti-corruption Law, came into force recently, and will have repercussions on companies all over Brazil. Under the new law, even if the company involved alleges that there was no fault or fraud, it will be held liable (strict liability). Accordingly, even if an employee or collaborator commits an act of corruption without the agreement or knowledge of the company, and such act causes loss to the national or a foreign government, the company will be held liable for such READ MORE

Event report: "Antitrust 2.0", Bruges 2014

Discussing the fast evolving high-tech industries and the applicability of traditional concepts of competition in the setting of the historic medieval Bruges – not a contradiction at all! As the city where the first commodity exchange was set up in the 14th century and where fantastic frites, waffles and beer contribute to the well-being of seminar attendants, of course, Bruges was the perfect location for a seminar dealing with a topic that has come more and more to the focus of competition regulators in READ MORE

Event report, 7th Annual Tax Conference

Focused on the topic of "Aggressive Tax Planning", the seventh annual AIJA Tax Law Conference was held on 7-8 March 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Representing 26 different countries, 64 people participated in the conference. A welcome reception and cocktail dînatoire took place in a local restaurant the night before the conference, giving first-time attendees the opportunity to meet other participants in advance of the READ MORE

AIJA runs for Human Rights

After the big success of the Milan Marathon 2013, AIJA is planning to run again for Human Rights.

In 2014 AIJA teams will be running in two marathons at least:

  • Geneva, 4 May 2014 (relay marathon)
  • Dublin, 27 October 2014 (in conjunction with the AIJA Sports Law seminar)

If you wish to run with AIJA and give your contribution to the global respect of the rule of law, please send us an email to get further information on how to join our engaged teams.

AIJA goes to Istanbul in 2015

Awarded as one of the best congress destinations of the year, the charming city of Istanbul will host the AIJA November Conference in 2015. The Organizing Committee is already active and AIJA staff is working on the venues to make this event unforgettable!

Watch a little teaser!

AIJA upcoming events

Double Seminar: Social Media and Acquisition Finance
London 4 Apr 2014
Commissions: Corporate Acquisitions and joint ventures; Intellectual property, Media and Telecommunications; Labour Law

INSOL Europe – Eastern European Countries’ Committee Conference
Prague 11 Apr 2014

AIJA/UIA Joint Seminar: Business Travel and Short Term Mobility: International Legal Trends
Toronto 25 Apr 2014
Commission: International Business Law -Immigration sub-commission

Half Year May Conference
"Learning from the best", "Arbitration and banking", "Harvard style negotiation mock case"
7 May 2014

Commissions: SCILL, M&A, Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

AIJA/ABA SIL DOUBLE Seminar: Successful Transactions - What In-House Counsel Should Expect from their M&A & Antitrust Attorneys
Chicago 6 Jun 2014
Commissions: Antitrust; Corporate Acquisitions and joint ventures

Double Seminar: 6th Annual Arbitration Conference and Dawn Raids and Internal Investigations
Vienna, Austria 12 Jun 2014
Commissions: International arbitration; Commercial fraud, Antitrust and Litigation

AIJA / IBA Double Seminar: Governance and Succession in the Family Business / Foundations and trusts in international estate planning
Berlin 20 Jun 2014
Commissions: Private clients; Tax law

Wind Energy Projects – Stormy weather or plain sailing?
Hamburg 26 Jun 2014
Commissions: Environment and energy law; International business law; Real estate law

The future of Arbitration and ADR Practice in Central and Eastern European Countries
Pre-Congress seminar
Prague 26 August 2014

52nd Annual Congress
Prague 26-30 Aug 2014

Where is the money? Chasing and protecting the assets before and after insolvency in the international arena
Santa Margherita Ligure/Portofino 25 Sep 2014
Commissions: Insolvency; International Arbitration, Litigation

Double Seminar. Value for Money – How to retain and enhance value in the transaction
Copenhagen 2 Oct 2014
Commissions: Corporate Acquisitions and joint ventures
, Transport Law

There's no business like sports business
Dublin 23 Oct 2014
Commission: International Business Law -Sports sub-commission

Litigating your distribution and agency contracts on an international scale
Tel Aviv 29 October 2014
Commissions: Distribution, Litigation

Half Year November Conference
Santiago 19 November 2014
Commissions: Corporate Acquisitions and joint ventures, International Arbitration and International Business Law


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