The AIBL organizes regular luncheons, generally on the last Friday of the month at the Hôtel Métropole
in Geneva. These lunches feature guest speakers on topics of interest to our members.
Some of our past speakers have included Mr. Patrick Schriber (DuPont
de Nemours International S.A.) on “The DuPont Legal Model: Strategic
Partnering between Corporate Law Departments and Law Firms”, Professor
Georges Abi-Saab (then Chairman of WTO Appellate Body) on “Judicialization
of the WTO Dispute Settlement System”, Mr. Daniel Zappelli (Procureur
général de Genève) on “Genève et la
liée au monde des affaires – un aperçu”, Ms. Margaret Flaherty and Ms.
Jacqueline Coté (World Business Council
for Sustainable Development) on “Corporate Social Responsibility”,
Mr. Christopher Gibson (WIPO) on “WIPO Domain Names Litigation”,
Mr. Patrick Krauskopf (Swiss Federal Competition Commission) on “Communication
sur les accords verticaux”, Mr. Thomas Pletscher (Executive Board
of Economiesuisse) on “Current Discussions on the Work of the OECD
and the UN on Corruption and Implementation in Switzerland” and
many others (click here for our Calendar of Events
from last year).
Each January, the AIBL also organizes a special luncheon entitled “Legal
Up-Date: Recent Developments in Swiss Business Law and Practice”,
which features leading Geneva legal practitioners who each provide
a brief up-date on developments over the past year in their specific
area of expertise.
The AIBL-PIFIL Group examines issues
relating to the multi-jurisdictional practice of law (“MJP”)
relevant to business lawyers working internationally but having their
offices in Geneva.
MJP is developing rapidly and raises numerous important
professional issues affecting many international business lawyers on a
daily basis, such
as applicable standards of legal ethics or professional conduct, issues of
privilege, use of the title of ‘lawyer’, ‘attorney’ or ‘avocat’,
and many others.
The AIBL-PIFIL Group is engaged in monitoring Swiss
and Cantonal laws, rules and regulations (such as codes of professional
conduct and other ethical standards) applicable to international business lawyers based in
Geneva, including those practicing independently as members of a foreign (non-Swiss) bar and
those employed by multinational corporations or international organizations. In addition, the AIBL-PIFIL
Group keeps abreast of the most recent MJP proposals and developments from international lawyers
associations (such as the IBA, the UIA, etc.) and academia.
Over the coming months, the AIBL-PIFIL Group plans to prepare a report on MJP issues for the
use of the AIBL membership. This report will provide an overview of the applicable laws, rules and regulations
(including ethical standards) from various potentially relevant jurisdictions. This report will also provide
a basis for assessing what, if any, steps need to be taken in this field to best protect the interests of the
international legal community, the clients and the general public.