THE CONSEIL NATIONAL DES BARREAUX

European and International Affairs Committee: action priorities for the 2015-2017 term of office


The 2015-2017 mandate is to start out under the banner of continuity but will at the same time intensify the work carried out by the European and International Affairs Committee. Philippe-Henry Dutheil, the Committee's new president and former president of the Hauts-de-Seine regional bar association, has defined three ambitious lines of work in the service of French bar associations and lawyers.


Philippe-Henri Dutheil, Chairman of the European and International Affairs Committee
Philippe-Henri Dutheil, Chairman of the European and International Affairs Committee

Continuity and Intensification

Needless to say, the works of the European and International Affairs Committee will endeavour to continue the high quality work carried out during the previous mandate under the presidency of Bertrand Debosque. Efforts to make the Conseil National des Barreaux a major player in the eyes of those we work with have borne fruit. It is now essential for us to maintain this privileged position at the same time as carrying out extensive work on our files. Under this new mandate, the Committee hopes to give the CNB a political position regarding all European and International issues.

With this in mind, four main areas of work have been put forward:

1- Maintaining and reinforcing the role of the Conseil National des Barreaux on the international scene
2- Strengthening international actions which serve French bar associations.
3- Strengthening international actions which serve French colleagues.
4- Providing a European perspective to help fuel reflection within the different committees of the Conseil National des Barreaux

Action priorities

The Committee hopes to continue and strengthen its partnerships and cooperation with key players in the international environment. Among these allies can be counted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Ministry of Justice, and in particular its Service for International and European Affairs (SAEI), the GIP-JCI (International Justice Cooperation), and the Fondation pour le Droit continental (Foundation for Continental Law).

In the same perspective, the European and International Affairs Committee for European and International Affairs is to strengthen its position within the profession's major international associations: the CIB (International Conference of Bar Associations with a shared legal tradition), International Bar Association (IBA), and the International Union of Lawyers (UIA). It will act as mouthpiece for French lawyers and will defend the positions adopted by the General Assembly and the bureau.

At the same time as creating and consolidating these working and institutional “bonds” with major institutions working in the fields of law and its related professions, the Committee will work to give the Conseil National des Barreaux a “scientific” positioning, by examining major issues affecting the profession and the evolution of law, at both a European and an international level. Hence the members of the Committee have already begun to study the fields of business and Human Rights, both of which were key themes under the presidency of Bertrand Debosque.

The strategy of using law as a means of influence, orchestrated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is another top priority. The CNB attaches great importance to promoting continental law. We are convinced that our legal instruments and concepts are of great value, especially when it comes to legal security and the guarantee of respect for fundamental rights.

Resolute European Engagement

The Committee remains committed to European matters which affect our profession: the text of the fourth directive relating to the prevention of the financial system being used for money laundering and the financing of terrorism, the question of electronic mass surveillance, and regulations concerning the application of VAT to services provided by lawyers. The Committee, working closely with the Délégation des Barreaux de France (DBF, Delegation of the Bars of France) will support the French delegation at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) to defend and promote the interests of French lawyers and the foundations of our profession.

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Vendredi 13 Février 2015

     


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