AIJA News

Turo Sumu wins a free registration to an AIJA seminar

12 April 2017

Turo Sumu, a Finnish member of AIJA since 2014, is the lucky winner of a free registration to an AIJA event.

Turo is one the many AIJA members who dedicated some time in March 2017 to take a membership survey, used to kick off a new marketing strategic plan in 2017. He won the raffle and will attend an AIJA event in 2017 free of charge.

Well done Turo!

 

 

 

 


Join the IBA Congress in Sidney free of charge

11 April 2017

Young Lawyers 35 or under based in Europe can attend the Annual Meeting of the IBA in Sydney free of charge.

An attractive scholarship programme is available and covers the costs of travel, accommodation and registration fee. 

The title of the essay to be submitted this year is ‘Building a Fair Migration Policy for Europe: what would such a policy look like and is such a policy achievable?’. Additional information about the scholarship is set out here.

Do not miss this opportunity!

 

 

 

 


AIJA, Shortlisted for the Best Association Award at the Association Excellence Awards 2017

04 April 2017

AIJA was shortlisted for the Best Association Award at the Association Excellence Awards 2017

Unfortunately the Award went to another association, but it is certainly a privilege for us to be admitted to the “Olympus of International Associations”.

AIJA received gratifying comments from the judges, including:

“This is an exciting organisation which has great prospects for growth and influence. Is clearly making an impact”

“Good support for members. Imaginative meetings and events”

“A global membership organisation with a reach of approximately 450,000 young lawyers around the world. Excellent twitter campaign on matters of global importance such as human rights. Key achievement this year is a Brussels head office.”

 

 

 

 

 


New Summer Program announced

04 April 2017

New summer program announced!

Good news for potential interns and law firms which need interns. Check out the European Center for Career Education website to know more!

  

 

 

 

 

 


AIJA Meets Bar Leaders as Part of Its Strategic Expansion in Asia

21 March 2017

AIJA Meets Bar Leaders as Part of Its Strategic Expansion in Asia

The AIJA network is rapidly reaching out into Asian markets, and AIJA President David Frølich recently accepted an invitation to Hong Kong to mark the start of the Legal Year. Whilst there, he ensured that he made the most of his time to actively promote the benefits of AIJA in the region. The opening of the Legal Year is the biggest ceremony in the legal calendar in Hong Kong and “it was an honour to attend and represent AIJA there,” said Frølich. The visit included the opportunity to meet with the Association of Law Firms in Guangzhou – China’s third largest city – and their boards of directors.

And even more recently, AIJA visited also several Bar associations in Japan (JFBA, Tokyo Bar Association, Dai Chi, Dai Ni) and in Korea (Korean Bar Association).

“By making such visits, we intend to strengthen our connections and hopefully attract more Asian lawyers to AIJA,” said Frølich. “In due course, we hope to hold more seminars and other relevant activities in Asia. Several Asian countries fully recognise that they need European lawyers as much as Europeans need Asian lawyers. And the best way to meet young lawyers is of course through AIJA. I have personally experienced the genuine interest in working together, creating opportunities for the young Asian lawyers.”

The Annual Congress in Tokyo in August is a great example to continue this work, and extend AIJA’s networking opportunities in Asia. “Japan has more than 10,000 new lawyers joining the profession every year, almost all of whom are under 30 years of age,” said Frølich. “A lot of them will need to have an international focus, and the earlier they start to gain knowledge and network on an international scale, the quicker they will gain unique opportunities. That is, of course, what AIJA offers. Not only that, but you also get inspiration, make personal friendships, and create the networks that will form the core basis for your future career.”

By making sure that Japan, China, Korea and Asia at large, is well represented at AIJA events, broadens the networking possibilities and contacts for European members too.

“That is the beauty of networking and having a network,” said Frølich. “The goal is always, as our mission statement says, ‘to create unique opportunities for young international lawyers’ and that’s what we do through our events, through our publishing, and all our initiatives. And as we do that, we engage our members, we engage our staff, and we engage a community of young lawyers in a global scene.”


Young Lawyers Prepare for the 55th International Young Lawyer’s Congress 2017

21 March 2017

Young Lawyers Prepare for the 55th International Young Lawyer’s Congress 2017

Places for this year’s AIJA Annual Congress, held for the very first time in Tokyo, are booking up fast. And with good reason. The 55th Annual Congress, held from 28 August to 1 September, promises to be the best one yet.

The scientific programme spans all legal areas from human rights to banking law. But this year will include a major focus on Artificial Intelligence. Technology and AI are no longer simply science fiction, but are increasingly entering the world of law firms and their clients. The current and future delivery of legal advice is rapidly changing, as shown by digital attorneys, capable of mining facts and drawing conclusions from over a billion legal text documents in a second. AIJA Tokyo 2017 will enhance your understanding of how these shifting external environments impact on your own practice areas. The focus will be on how you, as lawyers, might lead your firms and clients through these rapid changes.

Where better to understand and embrace the emergence of AI and the rapidly changing technology market, than Tokyo: arguably the world’s most dynamic technology centre? At the 2017 Congress, you will meet many Japanese attorneys, in-house counsels and business leaders and have the opportunity to learn directly about the challenges and opportunities of doing business and law in Japan and across Asia.

Aside from the scientific programme, “attendees should not miss the Voice of the Profession Session,” advises Christine Masure, the Congress Events Manager. “This year it will focus on ‘The impact of innovation on the future of the legal profession and gender equality in leadership positions’. In terms of social programmes, the Tokyo Congress will feature a mixture of high tech and traditional events with the Opening Ceremony showing the technology aspects of Tokyo, while the Gala Dinner will highlight the more traditional aspects of the Japanese culture. The Day Out on Thursday afternoon will allow participants to visit in a fun and interactive way key areas of Tokyo and discover remarkable sites of the city.”

“We have so far a very good rate of 200 pre-registered participants. We are expecting 450 to 500 delegates from all over the world. Special rates will be offered for lawyers under 35, in-house counsellors, speakers, local Asian lawyers,” said Masure.

For first time visitors and returning travellers alike, Tokyo offers an amazing cultural experience. Home to the most Michelin starred restaurants in the world and birthplace of popular culture sensations such as Anime and Manga, with ancient traditions such as kimonos and Shinto temples never too far away – this would truly be an experience you would never forget.  Explore the full agenda and event schedule of the 55th International Young Lawyer’s Congress 2017 in Tokyo. Register now to take advantage of the special registration rates! Visit http://tokyo.aija.org/.


Artificial Intelligence: One Overarching Theme for AIJA’s Tokyo Congress 2017

21 March 2017

Artificial Intelligence: One Overarching Theme for AIJA’s Tokyo Congress 2017

Artificial intelligenceSo, how will the single theme format for this year’s annual Congress work exactly? How will the programme differ from previous years? Work Coordinators responsible for arranging the Tokyo Congress, Alex Fox, Stefanie Tack, and Takahiko Itoh, are happy to bring us up to speed: “Day 1 will be focused very much on creating the foundations of knowledge with regard to AI, including top industry speakers and interactive sessions.  Day 2 will focus more on commercial/M&A issues and Day 3 on contentious matters.  Throughout Days 2 and 3, there will also be specialised sessions on your dedicated legal disciplines and how AI can best interact.  Therefore, if you want to understand how e-money works, why robots are environmentally well disposed off or how technology is going to impact at the point of death, etc., there will be something for all of you.”

As this is the first AIJA Congress that will have an over-arching theme running through out all the sessions, incorporating AI into the overall program has been a challenge for the conference organisers, but one that has been embraced by all. “As with all changes, it has taken sometime to communicate the changes and implement them in a structured manner,” said Stefanie Tack of the organising committee. “It is very interesting that some representatives have been demanding ‘where are the rules?’ While others have come up with more elaborate ideas to present as the August Congress approaches. All these ideas have been incorporated as far as is practicable.”

The single theme format is not the only change to the Congress this year. The keynote external industry speakers will also be much more involved and the workshop formula is set to establish an interactive “community” to this Congress from the start.

“As we come towards Tokyo, prepare for the unexpected,” advises Alex Fox. “We are here to learn techniques and concepts that will be unfamiliar to you, but ones on which you will be able to apply both within your law firm, but also with your clients as their business grows alongside and with the benefit of AI. Tokyo is the place for technology and AIJA is the place to find out more with regard to working with AI.”

If you are not already part of the Tokyo Congress Whatsapp Group (mobile number +447779232234), please ask and you will be put on to the community which is already discussing AI developments and how this may be articulated at the Congress and beyond.  Interesting articles are periodically posted, as are discussions and questions. Get involved, and get prepared for the most technological advanced Congress to date! Visit http://tokyo.aija.org/.


Surveying the Impact of AI on Today’s Young Lawyers

21 March 2017

Surveying the Impact of AI on Today’s Young Lawyers

Are you afraid of robots taking your job? With the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) providing the central theme for this year’s Annual Congress in Tokyo, AIJA thought it would conduct a survey to ask what the main AI concerns – and perceived opportunities – are amongst members.

Aurélie Conrad Hari, President of the AIJA Litigation Commission and Partner at Bär & Karrer Ltd, who led the survey together with Eleni Polycarpou, Special Counsel and Co-Head of Arbitration at Withers LLP, explained: “When AI was given as the topic for the Tokyo congress, all the commissions were very enthusiastic because AI is such a hot topic at the moment across the board in various industries. And yet, whilst being aware of the existence of AI, most lawyers probably still think they will not be so easily replaceable by robots. But the world is changing and lawyers, like everyone else, are surrounded by expanding volumes of data.”

Having a single theme running through all subject areas and commissions at the AIJA Congress has never been done before. However, when the scientific programme for Tokyo was being put together, it quickly became clear that a common theme was emerging, said Hari, including: “The liability for the robots or self-driven cars, e-disclosure, AI assistance in sorting out documents or information.” So we wanted to start to raise awareness of AI among the legal community and find out what was happening on the ground, and what members wanted to know more about. This was the purpose of the survey.”

In-keeping with the interactive approach taken by the Congress organisers, the AIJA survey reached out to members and find out more about AI in their various jurisdictions and practice specialisms. The answers will then be used to feed into each of the practice areas at the Congress. The initial findings, informed Eleni Polycarpou, who will present the results of the survey at the Congress, show that, “some firms are much more advanced in their use of AI than anticipated, and have formed special groups which are currently piloting fascinating AI technologies such as ROSS and other AI machine learning technologies such as Neota Logic and RAVN. We look forward to hearing from the lawyers at those firms at the Tokyo Congress about the practical experience in this new world.”

Be part of AIJA’s upcoming Tokyo Congress 2017 and learn more about how AI is impacting the legal environment. Visit http://tokyo.aija.org/.


AIJA shortlisted for the "Overall Best Association" Award

19 January 2017

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2017 certainly starts well for AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers. After being shortlisted at the European Association Awards for the Best Association Conference (final results on February 24), AIJA is now shortlisted for a prestigious award organised by another international institution.

On March 31 the International Jury of the Association Excellence Awards 2017 will decide whether AIJA is the “Overall Best Association” and deserves to receive this great honour.

Giuseppe Marletta, AIJA Association Manager, comments that “We are all very excited about the interest around AIJA. All of us, a motivated Board, very committed members all around the world and a strong team in Brussels, work with a lot of passion and dedication to make AIJA a successful organisation. I think AIJA is special because it creates connections: we all join forces every day to create bridges, to bring people together, to create opportunities for talking, sharing and learning”.

David Frølich, AIJA President and Associate Partner at Lund Elmer Sandager, says that 'The nomination is a great stamp of approval that what AIJA is doing is the right thing – for our members and our legal community. With this we add credibility far beyond just our own circle of young lawyers –but to the entire legal profession. Once again the unique combination of dedicated members and a hard working team of support staff proves to be the right mix".

AIJA-Munich-400With increased efficiency and an improved reputation, AIJA has changed a lot in the last few years. Good finances allowing for the creation of new projects and the purchase of new premises; a new set-up where event management is no longer outsourced; an increased marketing budget and visibility among new future members, thanks also to the brand new “Best International Future Lawyer Award”; an impressive calendar of events where any young lawyer can easily find their place; a complex structure where members are not only customers receiving services, but active players within the association; a rebranded Annual Congress that shows dynamism and innovation.

All these are elements which show AIJA’s willingness to be a modern, credible and effective association.

Giuseppe concludes that "AIJA has a unique mix: it is a professional platform where members do business BUT the very unique AIJA spirit always makes it enjoyable and fun!"


AIJA House, your office in Brussels

16 December 2016

The AIJA House is the global headquarters of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), located on the prestigious Avenue de Tervueren in Brussels and strategically positioned close to the European quarters and international embassies. This is also AIJA members’ house, offering them a home for work and networking.

As an AIJA member, you can take advantage of AIJA House’s state-of-the-art office space with premium technology equipment and member-only facilities. Whether you require an occasional base in the capital for your business trip, or you need a convenient space for client meetings, AIJA House welcomes you to work, network and/or relax with other members or clients.

FIND OUT HERE HOW TO BOOK YOUR SPACE