First Joint CCBE-Belarusian Bar Seminar, 25 September 2015, Minsk

September 28th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Representatives at the joint CCBE-Belarusian Bar seminar, Minsk.

On 25 September 2015, in Minsk, Belarus, the CCBE held the first ever joint seminar with the Belarusian Bar. The purpose of the seminar was to highlight the developments concerning mediation in European countries, the conditions and the procedure for admission to the profession of mediator, the attitude of society, government bodies and others in relation to the profession, and also to make a comparison with the situation of Mediation in Belarus. The seminar’s speakers were CCBE Vice-President Michel Benichou along with representatives from Belarus, France, Georgia, Lithuania, Romania and the Czech Republic.

The PECO Committee also met on this occasion – on 24 September 2015 – in order to discuss the situation of the legal profession.

The full programme (including presentations) can be found here.

June 2015 – CCBE-IBA-ELF-UNBA Joint Conference on Representation by Advocates in Court Proceedings in Kiev, Ukraine

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Maria Ślązak , CCBE President, at the joint conference in Kiev

Maria Ślązak , CCBE President

On 5-6 June 2015, the IBA, UNBA, CCBE and ELF held a successful joint conference on ‘Representation by Advocates in Court Proceedings’ in Kiev which brought together European expert speakers with representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, the Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA), advocates as well as representatives of European and international organisations (see conference programme and presentations). Under current Ukrainian legislation, any person in Ukraine – without legal education – can provide legal advice to clients and represent them in courts in civil proceedings. The UNBA has been urging the government to change the law so that only advocates can represent clients in civil court proceedings. The CCBE President, Maria Ślązak, who participated in this conference, presented the CCBE views on the issue of representation by lawyers in court proceedings (in support of the UNBA position), which are also set out in a letter sent to the authorities in Ukraine on 26 March 2015. The IBA and CCBE hope to publish a final report with recommendations in the coming weeks. The report should assist the Bar in their further dealings with the public authorities in order to ensure representation by advocates in courts.

June 2015 – PECO committee meeting in Pristina, Kosovo

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Michel Benichou & Ibrahim Dobruna

Michel Benichou, First Vice-President of the CCBE & Ibrahim Dobruna, President of the Kosovo Bar

Upon invitation of the Kosovo Bar Association, the CCBE held a PECO committee meeting on 10 June 2015 in Pristina, Kosovo. The meeting took place on the occasion of the Kosovo Bar Annual Lawyers Day and its 42nd anniversary (see programme). The CCBE – which has had regular contacts with the Bar since 2013 and invites the Bar to its meetings – was granted the Justinian award as a sign of gratitude and respect for its contribution to the Kosovo Bar Association. Michel Benichou, First Vice-President of the CCBE, received the award on behalf of the CCBE. The chair of the CCBE PECO committee, Ranko Pelicaric, also participated that same day in a roundtable discussion which considered the law on public notaries and representation by lawyers in court proceedings.

CCBE and Belarusian Bar will hold a joint Seminar on Mediation on 25 September 2015 in Minsk, Belarus

September 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

The CCBE will hold a Joint Seminar on Mediation together with Belarus Bar on 25 September 2015 in Minsk, Belarus. The purpose of the seminar is to highlight the developments concerning mediation in European countries, the conditions and the procedure for admission to the profession of mediator, the attitude of society, government bodies and others in relation to the profession and also to make a comparison with the situation of Mediation in Belarus. The PECO Committee will also meet on this occasion – on 24 September 2015 – in order to discuss the situation of the legal profession in Belarus and other countries in Eastern Europe.

Welcome to the NEW PECO Blog!

September 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

logo CCBEAs from September 2015, the CCBE PECO Blog will provide information about the work of the CCBE PECO committee in Central and Eastern Europe. The Blog is a continuation of the CCBE PECO Portal on the CCBE website.

More information about this Blog can be found in the Blog section ‘About’.