Last May, from 22nd to 24th, we held a very special and successful Congress at Istanbul.

For the first time, we made a joint Congress with the Federation of European Bars (FBE), where we organized a working session about Procedural Issues between EU and third Countries.

This gave us the opportunity to participate on an extraordinary event in an extraordinary city, and this will make it difficult to forget.

The working sessions was distributed into two days: first, on the afternoon of the 22nd, our Association presented his conference about Procedural Issues between EU and Third Countries.

1. „International civil litigation involving parties from non-EU countries” conducted by Dr. Thomas Simons, lawyer, SIMONS Rechtsanwälte, Munich and Dr. İsmail G. Esin, lawyer, ESINISMEN Law Firm, Istanbul

2. “Data banks and circulation of sensible information in penal matters trough the EU, in relationship with the third countries” conducted by Mr. Paolo Sguotti, Lawyer director partner of Studio Legale Sguotti Beraldo & Associati

3. „Procedural issues related to extraterritorial application of competition law” conducted by Prof. Lerzan Kayıhan Ünal, Competition Expert and Yaşar Tekdemir, Acting Director of International Relations):

4. „Provision of services and establishment in the EU by Non EU persons” conducted by Mr. Levent Pamukçu, attorney at law, Master in European Law, van Cutsem Wittamer Marnef & Partners, Brussels

After this working session, we assisted to a welcome cocktail at Dolmabahce Palace, with the show of whirling dervishes.

The day after, on 23rd May, took place the working session of the Federation of European Bars (FBE). The subject was about “Marketing for Lawyers”, and took place on the morning and on the afternoon.

Of course, all participants, from FBE or AEA-EAL were allowed to participate to both conferences.

It is easy to be seen the extraordinary link existing between both organisations: The opportunity of our members to participate in discussions about the future of the profession, was balanced, on the other hand, by enabling the members of the FBE assisting to the Congress, to assist to academic lectures on European Community Law.

On the evening of that day, we shared a gala dinner at Taskent private boat cruising the Bosphorus by traditional Turkish live music.

It was then a great pleasure and satisfaction for both organisations, to organize a joint Congress in that singular occasion. And not all was work…

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