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AEA-EAL General Assembly – this Monday at 13.00 (CET)

All AEA-EAL members are cordially invited to participate General Assembly on Monday. You may easily confirm your presence by filling-in a simple electronic form on our website.


On Zoom Platform accessible for all registered members


On June 14, 2021 at 13.00 (CET):

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All AEA-EAL Members may participate. Please confirm your participation here.

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Assembly is free of charge for all confirmed participants.

Program and agenda:

– Approval of the minutes of the Annual Ordinary General Meeting of the Association held in Brussels (hybrid form) on June 25, 2020,

– President’s Report on AEA-EAL activities performed in 2020

– Treasurer’s report on the financial year ended 31.12.2020,

– Approval of the annual accounts as at 31.12.2020,

– Discharge to the directors for the exercise of their mandate in 2020,

– Approval of the 2021 budget,

– Amendments of membership fees,

– Resignation/nomination/renewal of board members

– Miscellaneous.

Impressions from colloquium on rule of law in the EU

Zrzut ekranu 2021-06-5 o 09.27.32On Friday, June 4, 2021, a very interesting and live debate took place in Brussels, where lawyers, judges and other stakeholders met to discuss the erosion of rule of law principle in the European Union. The discussion followed a Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, The European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions – 2020 Rule of Law Report.

The Document sees rule of law as a well-established principle. saying that „The rule of law is enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union as one of the common values for all Member States. Under the rule of law, all public powers always act within the constraints set out by law, in accordance with the values of democracy and fundamental rights, and under the control of independent and impartial courts. The rule of law includes principles such as legality, implying a transparent, accountable, democratic and pluralistic process for enacting laws; legal certainty; prohibiting the arbitrary exercise of executive power; effective judicial protection by independent and impartial courts, and effective judicial review including respect for fundamental rights; separation of powers; and equality before the law. These principles have been recognised by the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, the Council of Europe has developed standards and issued opinions and recommendations which provide well-established guidance to promote and uphold the rule of law.

Zrzut ekranu 2021-06-5 o 09.31.36Apart from general observations, Commission’s material includes country reports from each Member State. As the main organizer of the colloquium was the Brussels Bar Association (French-speaking), one of the presentations focused on Belgium noticing relatively good situation in the country, however during the discussion some participants pointed out the lack of confidence in political leaders, arbitrary and repressive decisions taken in the context of Covid-19 pandemic as well as problems with overlapping competencies of federal and regional authorities provoking institutional conflicts.

Also, a perspective from the whole EU was discussed with strong voices that safeguards set in Article 7 of the Treaty on the European Union failed. Mainly, due to the fact that role of the Commission as „Guardian of the Treaties” is limited in the area of the rule of law. Pursuant to Article 7, it is the Council that has the final word and as an intergovernmental body, it Zrzut ekranu 2021-06-5 o 09.28.00can adopt a political perspective, rather than a legal one. Therefore, it is necessary to emphasise specific tasks of the Court of Justice of the European Union, which is entitled to examine the compliance of national law with Community law and thus can protect the rule of law in the Member States to a greater extent than other EU bodies. This role of the Court was presented by the Polish judge Nina Półtorak. Nevertheless, even the best efforts of EU courts would not be effective if the Member States do not enforce their judgments.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Brussels Bar Association (French-speaking) for the organisation of this enthralling discussion and for inviting the AEA-EAL to be a partner in this event.



David Asatiani elected as AEA-EAL Vice-President

We are pleased to announce that Board of Directors of the European Association of Lawyers (AEA-EAL) unanimously elected David Asatiani (Georgia) for the post of Vice-President of our Association. David has been serving as member of the AEA-EAL Board for more than 3 years being devoted, active and engaged Colleague. During that time, he contributed with many actions, including organization of four big international conferences in Georgia. We are fully convinced that his energy, innovative approach towards cooperation of legal professionals and enhanced international contacts will boost AEA-EAL activities.

David was elected as President of the Georgian Bar Association on December 23, 2017. David is also Vice-President of the Union of Bar Association of Turkish and Related Countries. David founded the law firm – Asatiani Law Partners in 2005 and is still its founding partner. He has been a member of the Georgian Bar Association since its foundation and has served as a representative of the Bar Association to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). Throughout his 20 years of legal career, he was a senior lawyer at various law firms and in 2012 he became a CEDR accredited mediator. David graduated from Tbilisi State University with a degree in International Law. He has received extensive professional experience in organization and functioning of the justice system and legal profession in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and other EU countries.

New Mediation Committee

We have a pleasure to inform you that as a consequence of the very successful webinar on mediation which took place on January 28, 2021 the AEA-EAL Board decided to establish a Mediation Committee to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanism among legal profession, to promote use of the mediation by lawyers and to provide knowledge and know-how on this tool.

We invite AEA-EAL Members, who are mediators or who wish to deal with this issue to join the Mediation Committee. Please send your submissions to secretary-general@aea-eal.eu cc office@aea-eal.eu till April 16, 2021.

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