Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fourth European Forum for In-House Counsel : 23-24 April 2009 Brussels : Academy of European Law : European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA/AEJE)

The 4th EUROPEAN FORUM FOR IN-HOUSE COUNSEL, sponsored by the Academy of European Law (ERA, Europäische Rechtsakademie, Académie de Droit Européen, Accademia di Diritto Europeo) and by the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA/AEJE) will take place in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday and Friday, 23-24 April 2009. As written at the ERA website:

"For the fourth consecutive year, ERA and ECLA are organising the European Forum for In-House Counsel, combining the pragmatism of an in-house lawyer association with the expertise of a first-class European training institute.

The European Forum for In-House Counsel provides a forum for the exchange of practical experience, knowledge and views between all in-house counsel and other lawyers involved in business affairs.

The aim is to provide in-house counsel, through expert input, with a comprehensive overview of and a practical insight into issues of European Community law with which in-house counsel are confronted. The latest developments and the recent relevant case law of the Community courts in areas such as European competition law, European company law, European private law will be analysed during the forum.

Interaction among participants will be encouraged through periods of discussion and case studies.

Early registration discounts
10% before 31 March 2009"

This is a heavyweight European legal outfit, as one can tell from their board members, which provide a bit of the flavor of the leading edge of the European law community. Significantly, there are no representatives from Latvia, so that, of course, I am available:


"President: Dr Jacques Santer
Former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, former President of the European Commission, former Member of the European Parliament
, Representing Luxembourg

Joachim Mertes
President of the Parliament of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Representing Rhineland-Palatinate


Elish Angiolini QC
, The Lord Advocate, Representing Scotland

Patricia Barbadillo (tbc)
, Director of the Centre for Legal Studies at the Ministry of Justice, Representing Spain

Emmanuel Barbe
, Head of the European and International Department, Ministry of Justice, Representing France

Tomás Bocek
, Deputy Minister for International Relations, Representing the Czech Republic

Dr Tonio Borg
, Minister for Justice and Home Affairs, Representing Malta

Petros Clerides
, Attorney General of the Republic of Cyprus, Representing Cyprus

Professor Ingolf Deubel
, Minister of Finance of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Special representative of the host State

Dr Tibor Draskovics
, Minister of Justice, Representing Hungary

Paul Jenkins
, The Treasury Solicitor, Representing the United Kingdom

Klaus Jensen
, Mayor of the City of Trier, Representing the City of Trier

Professor Ioannis Karakostas
, University of Athens, Representing Greece

Kari Kiesiläinen
, Director General, Ministry of Justice, Representing Finland

Professor Janez Kranjc
, University of Ljubljana, Representing Slovenia

Horst Langes
, Former State Secretary, Honorary Member of the European Parliament, Representing the Association for the Promotion of the Academy of European Law

Dr Georg Lienbacher
, Head, Constitutional Department, Federal Chancellery, Representing Austria

Roswitha Müller-Piepenkötter
, Minister of Justice of the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Representing the German Federal States

Deirbhle Murphy
, Parliamentary Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Representing Ireland

Arkadiusz Plucinski
, Director, European Law Department, Office of the Committee for European Integration, Representing Poland

Catalin Predoiu
, Minister of Justice, Representing Romania

Professor Anabela Miranda Rodrigues
, Director of the Centre for Judicial Studies, Representing Portugal

Professor Vassilios Skouris
, President of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, Representing the Court of Justice

Erik van den Emster
, President, Raad voor de Rechtspraak, Representing the Netherlands

Anna Vitteková
, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Representing the Slovak Republic

Diana Wallis
, Vice-President, European Parliament, Representing the European Parliament

Tora Wigstrand
, Director, Division for European Union Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Representing Sweden

Brigitte Zypries
, Federal Minister of Justice, Representing Germany

Peter Schmidhuber, former Member of the European Commission"


"Chairperson: Klaus-Heiner Lehne, Member of the European Parliament


Dr. Heinz Georg Bamberger
, Minister of Justice of the State of Rhineland Palatinate

Giuseppe Gargani
, Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee"


"The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees advises the Executive Board and Management Board particularly with regard to the planning of the programme of events. It is composed of individuals who are closely involved with European law in the institutions of the European Union and within legal and economic circles, particularly in the Member States.

Judge John Toulmin CMG QC, High Court of Justice, the Technology and Construction Court, London

Deputy chairman:
Dr Josef Azizi, Member of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities

Persons from the Institutions of the European Union

Representatives from the Member States

Persons from the legal professions, social partners and academia

a/ Legal professions

b/ Business and Society

c/ Academia

Honorary members

Persons from the institutions of the European Union and other European and international institutions

Ivan Bizjak, Director General of Justice and Home Affairs at the Council of the European Union

Professor Klaus Dieter Borchardt, Deputy Head of Cabinet to the Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission

Vítor Manuel da Silva Caldeira, President of the Court of Auditors of the European Communities

Marc Jaeger, President of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities

Sarah Jund, Legal Secretary, Court of Justice of the European Communities

Professor Koenraad Lenaerts, member of the Court of Justice of the European Communities

José Luís Lopes da Mota, President of Eurojust

Paul Maier, President of the Boards of Appeal, Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market

Christian Pennera, Jurisconsult of the European Parliament

Jean-Claude Piris, Director General of the Legal Service, Council of the European Union

Sir Konrad Schiemann, member of the Court of Justice of the European Communities

Wolfgang Schomburg, Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Representatives from the Member States

Dr Josef Azizi, Member of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities

Dr Constantinos Lycourgos, Head of the EU Section for the Attorney General of the Republic, Nicosia

Czech Republic:
JUDr Jana Wurstová, former Head of the International Department, Czech Bar Association, Prague

The Hon. Mr Justice Niilo Jääskinen, Supreme Administrative Court, Helsinki


Lutz Diwell, State Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Berlin


Dr Judit Lévayné Fazekas, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Budapest

Justice Nial Fennelly, Supreme Court of Ireland, Dublin

Professor Remo Caponi, University of Florence


The Netherlands:
Derk Roemers, Raad van State, The Hague

Dr Maciej Szpunar, University of Silesia

Professor Fausto de Quadros, Law Faculty, University of Lisbon

Tudor Chiuariu, State Counsellor, Adviser to the Prime Minister, Bucharest


JUDr Petr Hulla, Director of the Judicial Academy, Pezinok

Dr Janez Cebulj, former President of the Constitutional Court, Ljubljana


Kristina Holmgren, Director, Division for European Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Stockholm

United Kingdom:
Lord Jonathan Mance, The House of Lords, London

Persons from the legal professions, social partners and academia

a/ Legal professions:

Professor Massimo Benedettelli, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Milan; University of Bari

Jean-Marie Burguburu, former Bâtonnier of the Paris Bar; Partner, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris

Paul de Jonge, Secretary General of the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA), Brussels

Victor Hall, Secretary General, European Judicial Training Network, Brussels

Dr Hans-Jürgen Hellwig, Attorney at law, former President of CCBE, Partner, Hengeler Müller, Frankfurt am Main

Pauliine Koskelo, President of the Supreme Court, Helsinki

Péter Köves, President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), Brussels

Vincent Lamanda, First President of the Court of Cassation, Paris

Vito Monetti, President of the association Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL), Rome

Professor Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, Partner, Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg

Jean-François Thony, Director of the French Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature, Bordeaux

Virgilijus Valancius, President of the European Judges Association, Vilnius

Denis Waelbroeck, Partner, Ashurst, Brussels

Tomasz Wardynski, President, Wardynski & Partners, Warsaw

Dr Heinrich Zens, President of the Association of European Administrative Judges, Vienna

b/ Business and Society

Philippe de Buck, Secretary General, Business Europe, Brussels

Sir Thomas Macpherson, former President of Eurochambres, London

John Monks, Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation, Brussels

Jettie Van Caenegem, Director General, Foundation against Cancer, Brussels

c/ Academia

Professor Peter Axer, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Trier

Professor Wladyslaw Czaplinski, University of Warsaw

Professor Paul Demaret, Rector of the College of Europe, Bruges

Professor Catherine Kessedjian, University of Paris-II Panthéon Assas

Professor Ludwig Krämer, University of Bremen

Professor Yves Mény, President of the European University Institute, Florence

Professor Peter-Christian Müller-Graff, Director of the Institute for German and European Social and Economic Law, Heidelberg

Professor Torsten Stein, Director of the Europa Institute of the University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken

Professor Walter van Gerven, Universities of Louvain and Maastricht, former Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Communities

Honorary Members

Francesco de Angelis, former Director at the European Commission

Professor Sir David A. O. Edward, former member of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, Edinburgh
, See external website "The Judge David Edward Oral History"

Dr. Charles Elsen, former Director General of Justice and Home Affairs at the Council of the European Union, Luxembourg

Professor Gregorio Garzón Clariana, former Jurisconsulte of the European Parliament

Willi Rothley, former Member of the European Parliament, Rockenhausen

Relaunch of Europeana : The European Union Digital Cultural Resource Project Appears in Improved From with over 4 Million Digital Items

We were informed by email today that Europeana, the digital cultural resource project of the European Union, currently presenting access to over 4 million digital items at museums and libraries throughout the EU, has relaunched again after a problematic start in November.

Europeana explains what it is about, and provides to us a list of the partner organizations that make materials available to Europeana.

That same "about us" page provides us with an overview of Europeana as follows:

"The [European] Commission has been working for a number of years on projects to boost the digital economy. These prepared the ground for an online service that would bring together Europe's cultural heritage.

The idea for Europeana came from a letter to the Presidency of Council and to the Commission on 28 April 2005. Six Heads of State and Government suggested the creation of a virtual European library, aiming to make Europe's cultural and scientific resources accessible for all.

On 30 September 2005 the European Commission published the i2010: communication on digital libraries, where it announced its strategy to promote and support the creation of a European digital library, as a strategic goal within the European Information Society i2010 Initiative, which aims to foster growth and jobs in the information society and media industries. The European Commission's goal for Europeana is to make European information resources easier to use in an online environment. It will build on Europe's rich heritage, combining multicultural and multilingual environments with technological advances and new business models.

The Europeana prototype is the result of a 2-year project that began in July 2007. went live on 20 November 2008, launched by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media.

Europeana is a Thematic Network funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme, as part of the i2010 policy. Originally known as the European digital library network – EDLnet – it is a partnership of 100 representatives of heritage and knowledge organisations and IT experts from throughout Europe. They contribute to the Work Packages that are solving the technical and usability issues.

The project is run by a core team based in the national library of the Netherlands, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. It builds on the project management and technical expertise developed by The European Library, which is a service of the Conference of European National Librarians.

Overseeing the project is the EDL Foundation, which includes key European cultural heritage associations from the four domains. The Foundation’s statutes commit members to:

  • Providing access to Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage though a cross-domain portal
  • Co-operating in the delivery and sustainability of the joint portal
  • Stimulating initiatives to bring together existing digital content
  • Supporting digitisation of Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage"