The old saying ‘all roads lead to Rome’ has never been so true. 

— By Giulia Guagliardi – Chair of the Organising Committee, Executive Officer of the EYBA and Secretary of the Rome Young Bar Association

As Executive Officer of the European Young Bar Association and Secretary of the Rome Young Bar Association, I proudly announce that the EYBA Summer Conference & AGM 2019 will take place in Rome, between 20-23 June, bringing together young lawyers and legal experts from all over the Europe, with the aim of building international connections.

The Organising Committee is composed by present and former members of the Rome Young Bar Association, supported by the Council of the Rome Bar Association and by the Italian Young Lawyers Association (AIGA-Rome section).

This support proves that Roman institutions have understood how important and prolific can be the exchange between legal experts from different countries and legal systems, especially nowadays since the concept of national borders is losing its original meaning and strenght. In this regard, I would like to mention the efforts of the Council of the Rome Bar Association in providing new opportunities for young lawyers, selected each year among several candidates, entrusted with the organization of courses and seminars and with the creation of links between local and international young lawyers associations.

The result of this task is the candidacy of Rome as hosting city of the EYBA Summer Conference & AGM 2019.

The main goal of the organising committee, during the last months, was to create an Italian/Roman experience, thanks to spectacular locations, peculiar conference venues and local cuisine, not leaving anything to chance.

The Conference will be officially opened at Villa Spalletti Trivelli, a unique example of an authentic aristocratic townhouse in the heart of Rome, located between the Quirinale and the Constitutional Court and a few steps from Fontana di Trevi and Rome’s monumental area. The Villa was built in the early 1900s by Gabriella Rasponi, widow of Count Venceslao Spalletti Trivelli, niece of Gioacchino Murat and Carolina Bonaparte (Napoleon’s sister).

Thanks to the vision of Countess Rasponi, President of the National Council of Italian Women, Villa Spalletti Trivelli became an important political and cultural meeting place for  influential figures of the time who used to meet every thursday afternoon in the villa’s drawing rooms. The Villa was renovated between 2004-2006 in order to become an intimate luxury villa hotel.

During the aperitivo, guests will taste red and white wine produced by the Spalletti Trivelli family’s winery “Pomario” in Umbria Region, awarded several times by Decanter World Wine Awards.

On Friday the Conference will take place in the Supreme Court of Cassation, also known as “Palazzaccio”. The foundation stone was laid on in 1888 in the presence of Giuseppe Zanardelli, Minister of Justice who promoted the approval of a new penal code in 1889, abolishing capital punishment and recognizing the right to strike. The building was officially opened in 1911 in the presence of Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy.

Lectures will be filled with excellent speakers dealing with the sanctioning regime of market abuse offences and double jeopardy, the discipline of international and domestic trust, international employment law and more issues concerning international legal careers. The Council of the Rome Bar Association is kindly sponsoring the Lunch for all attendants, after which all EYBA members will attend the Annual General Meeting voting for the new Executive Board.

In the afternoon, participants will be split into Teams for a Treasure Hunt in the City Centre and the day will end with an Italian “Aperidinner” on the wonderful terrace of the International Law Firm CurtisMalletPrevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, sponsor of the event, with an exclusive view of Fori imperiali and Altare della Patria.

During the aperidinner, guests will taste rosè wine produced by Cantine Bonsegna, a winery in the South of Italy.

On Saturday, the Conference will be hosted by the prestigious Luiss Guido Carli University where participants will attend a round table with lawyers and top managers dealing with food law and fashion law as in Italy, needless to say, there is a peculiar expertise in this two fields.

On the one side, Italy not only enjoys worldwide reputation for its food with the highest number of internationally recognized ‘denominations of origin’, but also played a crucial role in setting up the EU common agricultural policy. On the other, the Italian fashion sector is one of the most dynamic markets, making this country the perfect observatory for new legal issues, from an international perspective.

In the afternoon, participants will see the most important attractions of the Eternal City going around with a sightseeing bus. The day will end with a gala dinner where guests will enjoy a three-course seated Italian dinner, dance with a DJ and drink wine and cocktails on the terraces of the hotel with a breathtaking 360° view of the City.

We look forward to welcoming you in Rome and when in Rome do as Roman young lawyers do!

Giulia Guagliardi

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