In order to encourage a lively debate, a Challenger Panel were present on stage to question and challenge the speakers.

       You can download the programme here.

       The conference was both in English and in French. Simultaneous translation was be provided.

     This conference is certified as Continuous Professional Development and is equivalent to 7 points in Belgium (, Luxembourg and Ireland; 8 hours in France; 7 hours in Poland; 6 credits in Italy.


  Challenger Panel:

-    Neil Rose, Editor, Legal Futures

-    Bruno Dondero, Professor of Law at the Sorbonne (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), author of Droit 2.0


08.15 – 09.00

Registration and welcome coffee


 09.00 – 09.45



Welcome - Michel Benichou, CCBE President


Keynote address - Jean-Jacques Urvoasgarde des Sceaux, the Minister of Justice for France


Presentation of collaborative survey between the CCBE and AIJA - “What do young lawyers think about the future of the legal profession?”, by Orsolya Görgényi, Immediate Past President of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)


09.45 - 11.15

Session I - The Future of Justice


Moderator: Panagiotis Perakis, Chair of the CCBE Access to Justice Committee



·         Tiina Astola, Director-General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission

·         Nuria Díaz Abad, President of the European Networks of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ)

·         Jérôme Dupré, Co-founder, Case Law Analytics

·         Maurits Barendrecht, Research Director, Hiil Innovating Justice


11.15 – 11.30

Coffee Break


11.30 - 13.00

Session II - The Future of Legal Services


Moderator: Thierry Wickers, Chair of the CCBE Committee Future of the Legal Profession and Legal Services



·         Patrick Henry, Immediate Past President, AVOCATS.BE

·         Judy Perry Martinez, Chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession

·         Pierre Aïdan, Co-Founder and director of legal development, Legal Start

·         Christophe Chevalley, General Manager, Rocket Lawyer Europe

·         Christian Lemke, Partner at Heissner & Struck, Vice-Chair of the CCBE Committee Future of                 Legal Profession and Legal Services


13.00 – 14.00



 14.00 – 14.20

Presentation - “24 hours of innovation”, by Louis-Georges Barret, President of the Observatoire of the Conseil National des Barreaux (CNB)



Presentation of ROSS Intelligence, by Andrew Arruda, CEO & Co-Founder ROSS Intelligence


14.20 - 15.50

Session III - The Future of Law Firms


Moderator: Hugh Mercer QC, Chair of the CCBE EU Lawyers Committee



·         Robert Bourns, President, Law society of England and Wales

·         Carlos Valls Martínez, Partner, Fornesa Abogados

·         Jaap Bosman, Co-Founder and principal partner at TGO Consulting, author of Death of a Law               Firm 

·         Bas Boris Visser, Global Head of Innovation and Business Change and Partner, Clifford                       Chance


15.50 - 17.20

Session IV - The Future of Bars and Law Societies


Moderator: Michel Benichou, CCBE President



·         Frédéric Sicard, President of the Paris Bar Association

·         Jean-Paul Kitenge, Barreau OHADA (African Bar)

·         Martin Solc, Vice-President of the International Bar Association (IBA)

·         Prashant Kumar, President of LAWASIA


17.20 – 17.30

Closing speech by Michel Benichou, CCBE President