Event Overview


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All leaders, regardless of their title or job description, can benefit from leadership trainings to be able to take the most out of their experience in an international association that is growing at a rapid pace; mainly to adapt to the changing needs of the legal community. These trainings can enable legal practitioners to rise through leadership positions in an international association, but also in their law firms.

Therefore, we’re happy to introduce a new event format to AIJA members as well as any young lawyer that may be interested in becoming a member. You are all invited to join us in beautiful Dubrovnik for the first edition of a unique leadership and skills development conference.

On Friday, 23 November, participants will spend one day in an interactive workshop run by Darko Marković, executive coach and leadership development expert, Inn.Side – learning and development. The workshop promises to provide participants with hands-on advice and practical examples on how to become a better and more effective leader in their day to day work.

On Saturday, 24 November, participants are invited to attend one of the three parallel workshops held during the first half of the day. These will focus on how to develop leadership skills in an international association, such as AIJA, by taking on different roles within the association (e.g. commission officer, national representative, member of the organising committee for an event). Participants will learn how such roles can help them to strengthen their personal brand on social media and build a portfolio that they can showcase in their law firm or the wider legal community.

From 22-24 November, networking sessions will complement the leadership and skills development programme to allow for business contacts and meeting other international law practitioners.

Another reason to join us is the city itself. Dubrovnik is an amazing destination not to be missed! Regardless of whether you are visiting for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed, it is hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s white limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, or failing to be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that protected a civilised, sophisticated republic for centuries.

Keep calm and Do-Brovnik!

Conference organised by

AIJA Extended Bureau including Bureau, Membership Forum, Law Course Committee and Forum of Commissions
AIJA Skills, Career, Innovation and Leadership Commissions (SCILL)


AIJA Commissions involved
  • Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL)


Building Leadership Skills for Success

15:00 - 19:00


07:00 - 08:00

08:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 09:15

Xavier Costa, AIJA President, Roca Junyent SLP, Spain & Organising Committee representative

 A one-day interactive and thought-provoking workshop by Darko Marković, executive coach and leadership development expert, Inn.Side – learning and development, Serbia.
The workshop will run throughout the day and will be structured into four discovery tracks featuring inspirational ideas, group exercises and self-reflection moments.
09:15 - 09:20

Stepan Holub, Holubová advokáti s.r.o., Czech Republic on behalf of the Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission
09:20 - 11:00

·        What makes better leaders. Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset
·        Is leadership given by a formal position or earned and recognised by others?
·        Leadership is about leading change. What is leadership courage and integrity?
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

·        How do great leaders move us?
·        Emotional intelligence in leadership
·        Self-awareness for effective leadership
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30

·        Are you a transformative leader? What is the transformation that you bring to other people?
·        What is the source of inspiration in inspirational leadership? How to inspire others?
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30

·        What is your leadership drive?
·        How to handle power stress better
·        How to maintain leadership resilience. Strategies for leadership renewal and personal empowerment
17:30 - 17:45

Xavier Costa, AIJA President, Roca Junyent SLP, Spain


20:00 - 20:30

Interview with Keynote Speaker Eric van der Linden, Former Head of Delegation of the European Union to Slovenia, Slovakia and Kenya
20:30 - 02:00

08:30 - 13:00


3 workshops run in parallel, organised and facilitated respectively by the Forum of the Commissions, Law Course Committee and Membership Forum at AIJA.
Participants are invited to attend the workshop that is relevant for their work in AIJA or for their ambitions in general.
09:00 - 10:30

The Membership Forum (MF) of AIJA is the management committee of AIJA in charge of membership retention and recruitment activities. The Forum is composed of National Representatives, Contact Persons and Regional Representatives.

Francois Barré, Azam-Darley et Associé, France
Michaela Pelinka, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Austria
Tomas Rybar, ČECHOVÁ & PARTNERS s. r. o., Slovakia

Part #1: Grow your influence. How to build your personal brand online
Corina Pirva, Marketing & Communications Officer, AIJA, Belgium
·        Learn how to build your profile online
·        Learn how to use social media to build a strong personal brand in your legal community
·        Identify the do’s and don’ts in social media by looking at general rules as well as case studies from other AIJA members

Part #2: Build your reputation. How to present your association work externally
Darko Marković, executive coach and leadership development expert, Inn.Side – learning and development, Serbia
·        Learn how to leverage your work in AIJA to develop your leadership, reputation and visibility in your law firm and the wider legal community

Part #3: Become a problem solver. Tips & tricks
·        Showcase best practices in solving typical challenges in an international association (e.g. membership decrease, lack of active involvement of members, negotiating with your law firms to take part in association events/projects)
·        Learn how to be successful in your role in an international association
·        Membership Forum Wrap-up

B/ Forum of the Commissions: Past, present and future. How to take on a role in AIJA
The Forum of the Commissions (FoC) of AIJA has the overall responsibility for coordinating the activities of the Commissions in AIJA. The Forum monitors the activities of the Commissions and actively takes part in the improvement and quality control of the scientific work produced within AIJA.

David Diris, Kocks & Partners, Belgium
Jean-Rodolphe Fiechter, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Rebecka Thörn, Advokatfirman Delphi, Sweden

Ayse Ulku Solak, Moroglu Arseven, Turkey

Part #1: Past – Learning from previous experience
·        Identify the process of becoming an AIJA officer in the FoC
·        Discuss the expectations and share feedback from past experiences in this role
·        Discuss guidelines, handbooks or tools that may be needed to improve the sharing of information, documents, knowledge etc. in the FoC

Part #2: Present – How to communicate, engage and be active
·        Communications. Discuss the communications processes with new members, existing members, other officers or commissions, the Bureau or Extended Bureau, Brussels secretariat, and other organisations in the context of the GDPR.
·        Succession. Explain the succession and transition process in AIJA, specifically the role of current officers during new appointments.
·        Interactivity. Explore best practices in getting new or other members involved or related to mentoring within the association, initiatives across commissions, meetings during AIJA events or outside the official events.
·        Events. Discuss the role of officers and commissions in planning and organising events in AIJA. Learn how to engage with the appointed organising committee for an event. Learn how to set up and budget an event, involve external speakers and trainers. Learn how to work with the AIJA event tool. Discuss how to plan events with other organisations.

Part #3: Future – How to evolve the work of the Commissions
·        Discuss the work of current commissions and ways to evolve the association towards new topics, new commissions.
·        Discuss ways of working within the commissions. Identify need for fixed rules.
·        Discuss ways to leverage current practices to develop new initiatives.

C/ Law Course Committee: From a good idea to a successful AIJA event. Team work makes the dream work
The Law Course Committee (LCC) of AIJA is the management committee of AIJA responsible for the calendar of events organised by the association throughout the year.

Ned Beale, Trowers & Hamlins LLP, United Kingdom
Kristine Zvejniece, Rödl & Partner Attorneys-at-Law Ltd, Latvia

Viktoria Kerí, Events Coordinator, AIJA, Belgium
Corina Pirva, Marketing & Communications Officer, AIJA, Belgium

How to plan, promote and run a successful event from A to Z
·        Ways of working within your commission and with other commissions in AIJA
·        How to set up the right organising committee for your event
·        How to budget your event, choose the right venues and get sponsorships
·        How to set up the right timeline to ensure your event planning flows smoothly
·        Tips on how to develop a scientific programme and select speakers to attract your audience
·        Guidelines on how to set up a social programme for your event
·        How to use the AIJA event tool for better planning
·        How to communicate wisely within the organising committee, as well as with the LCC, commissions and AIJA Brussels secretariat before, during and after your event
·        Requirements to be able to open the registrations for your event

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:30

A/ Membership Forum: From zero to hero. Supercharge your personal brand

B/ Forum of the Commissions: Past, present and future. How to take on a role in AIJA

C/ Law Course Committee: From a good idea to a successful AIJA event. Team work makes the dream work
12:30 - 13:00

Darko Marković, executive coach and leadership development expert, Inn.Side – learning and development, Serbia



Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations.

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

Please read the general terms and conditions applicable for AIJA events.


If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

Practical Information


Marijana Blazica 2
20 000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tel: +385-20-320-320
Fax: +385-20-320-220
E-mail: sales.dubrovnik@hilton.com 
Website: http://dubrovnik.hilton.com 


The Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik offers easy access in and around the city. The entrance to the Old Town of Dubrovnik Pile is only 100 meter away from the hotel. All main attractions are within City walls that are walking distance.


Bedrooms have been pre-booked at the following preferential rates for AIJA Participants:

Hilton Guest Room (single or double occupancy): 75.00 € per night incl. Hilton breakfast, VAT 13%, Free Wi-Fi  (+1.10 € city tax per person)

To make a reservation, please click here for the on-line booking webpage. Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 


From Dubrovnik Cilipi International Airport

Taxi: 25 to 35 min ride to the hotel  -  fare: +/-  300 HRK/ 40 EUR

Private airport pick-up via Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik: Car transfer (up to 3 people): 300 HRK/ 40 EUR per car; Minivan transfer (up to 7 people) 500 HRK / 67 EUR per minivan. To book the pick-up please contact concierge.dubrovnik@hilton.com or +385 20 320 320, with your name, surname, arrival time and flight number, at least 48 hours in advance. Once your flight details are received , the private transfer will be organised and confirmation details provided.

Uber: available in Dubrovnik - the fare shall be around 180-250 HRK (24-33 EUR)

Public shuttle bus: Take the shuttle bus which is scheduled to meet incoming and outgoing flights. Cost per passenger is 5 EUR. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes and stops at the Old Town gates Pile, 100 meters from the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik hotel. 


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Your data will be managed by AIJA's General Services, Events and Accounts Section:

  • For the purpose of administering your registration for the event and your on-site access to the event;
  • In order to pay for the selected services - your bank details will be deleted after receipt of your payment;
  • In order to communicate information messages from AIJA.

To the extent necessary for the execution of their respective tasks, our subcontractors in charge of our seminar organisation, our IT infrastructure, our management, the production and maintenance of our website and extranet, are likely to gain access to your data from time to time. Their servers are located in the European Union.

Data relating to your participation in the event shall be stored for a period of 10 years. We are obliged to archive billing data until the end of the period required for our tax and accounting obligations, i.e. for 7 full tax years.

We shall store your contact information to keep you informed until you ask us to stop. You have the right to access your data and have it corrected if necessary.