In early November, UCD Sutherland School of Law was delighted to co-host a celebration of Twenty Years of French Law Programmes with the Embassy of France in Ireland. The BCL Law with French Law Programme was first offered to students in 1999 and was followed by the launch of the unique Law Dual Degree 2006.
HE Stéphane Crouzat, French Ambassador to Ireland, joined Professor Colin Scott, Professor Imelda Maher and Dr Marie-Luce Parisin in welcoming then Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD to the celebration. The theme of the evening’s speeches was “The Future of Legal Education in Irish and French Law: Law Languages and Legal Traditions”. The audience heard inspiring speeches from the Minister, Ambassador and Professor Guillaume Leyte, President, University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. They were joined by graduates Richard Kelly (BCL Law with French 2008) and Juliette Fauvarque (BCL/Maîtrise 2018), both passionate advocates of their respective degrees. Richard and Juliette spoke about their experiences of studying in UCD and the excellent foundation that it provides for a future international career.
All five partner universities in France were well represented on the evening with guests including Professor Emeric Jeansen and Dr Georgia Schneider of University Paris 2, Professor Peggy Ducoulombier of the University of Strasbourg, Professor Hervé De Gaudemar, Dean of Law Faculty, University of Lyon 3, Jean Moulin, Emilie Presthus of Aix-Marseille Univeristy, and Dr Charlotte Rault of University of Toulouse 1 Capitole.