Luncheons with Speakers

The AIBL organizes regular luncheons, generally on the last Friday of the month at the Hôtel Métropole in Geneva. These lunches feature guest speakers on topics of interest to our members.

Some of our past speakers have included Mr. Patrick Schriber (DuPont de Nemours International S.A.) on “The DuPont Legal Model: Strategic Partnering between Corporate Law Departments and Law Firms”, Professor Georges Abi-Saab (then Chairman of WTO Appellate Body) on “Judicialization of the WTO Dispute Settlement System”, Mr. Daniel Zappelli (Procureur général de Genève) on “Genève et la criminalité internationale liée au monde des affaires – un aperçu”, Ms. Margaret Flaherty and Ms. Jacqueline Coté (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) on “Corporate Social Responsibility”, Mr. Christopher Gibson (WIPO) on “WIPO Domain Names Litigation”, Mr. Patrick Krauskopf (Swiss Federal Competition Commission) on “Communication sur les accords verticaux”, Mr. Thomas Pletscher (Executive Board of Economiesuisse) on “Current Discussions on the Work of the OECD and the UN on Corruption and Implementation in Switzerland” and many others (click here for our Calendar of Events from last year).

Each January, the AIBL also organizes a special luncheon entitled “Legal Up-Date: Recent Developments in Swiss Business Law and Practice”, which features leading Geneva legal practitioners who each provide a brief up-date on developments over the past year in their specific area of expertise.


Professional Activities

AIBL Group on Practicing Issues for International Lawyers (AIBL-PIFIL)

The AIBL-PIFIL Group examines issues relating to the multi-jurisdictional practice of law (“MJP”) relevant to business lawyers working internationally but having their offices in Geneva.

MJP is developing rapidly and raises numerous important professional issues affecting many international business lawyers on a daily basis, such as applicable standards of legal ethics or professional conduct, issues of legal privilege, use of the title of ‘lawyer’, ‘attorney’ or ‘avocat’, and many others.

The AIBL-PIFIL Group is engaged in monitoring Swiss and Cantonal laws, rules and regulations (such as codes of professional conduct and other ethical standards) applicable to international business lawyers based in Geneva, including those practicing independently as members of a foreign (non-Swiss) bar and those employed by multinational corporations or international organizations. In addition, the AIBL-PIFIL Group keeps abreast of the most recent MJP proposals and developments from international lawyers associations (such as the IBA, the UIA, etc.) and academia.

Over the coming months, the AIBL-PIFIL Group plans to prepare a report on MJP issues for the use of the AIBL membership. This report will provide an overview of the applicable laws, rules and regulations (including ethical standards) from various potentially relevant jurisdictions. This report will also provide a basis for assessing what, if any, steps need to be taken in this field to best protect the interests of the international legal community, the clients and the general public.


Co-operation with Other Professional Associations

In order to expand the professional network and resources available to our members, the AIBL cooperates informally with the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe (“ACC Europe”) and the Association genevoise de droits des affaires (“AGDA”).

Social Events

In addition to our regular luncheons and other professional activities, the AIBL organizes a popular evening dinner cruise on Lake Geneva each summer and hosts other social events during the course of each year, such as wine tastings and art gallery visits.