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Annual Conference in Brussels – A Report from the Circuit Leader, Gerard McDermott QC

Brussels was the location for the European Circuit recent Annual Conference (16-18 October). Taking the theme of European & International Practice: Contrasts & Comparisons from Regional Bars, the Conference attracted advocates from across the European Union. 

With Eleanor Sharpston QC the senior Advocate General of the European Court of Justice providing the keynote address, the line-up of speakers also included representatives of the Brussels Barreaux and the American Counsel Association. 

The packed conference schedule began with a welcome reception at the Residence of the UK Permanent Representative to the EU. There was also a visit to the Palais de Justice to observe court proceedings, followed by lunch in the Salle du Conseil courtesy of hosts the Brussels Barreaux. 

Gerard McDermott, QC, Circuit Leader said, ‘As with all our Annual Conferences, Brussels provided the perfect opportunity to strengthen links with foreign Bars and learn from one another. A key role of the Circuit is to support members in developing their cross-border practices. To that end, we are creating an on-line member directory to enable expertise to be sourced from overseas.

Summary of Keynote Speech – Eleanor Sharpston, QC Advocate General of the ECJ
Brussels photo album
Summary of Private Law Remedies Session
Summary of Criminal law session
Public Affairs & the US Supreme Court – Wes Horton
US Perspective on Enforcement of Cross – Border Family Disputes – Barbara Howard


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