Véron & Associés, a French patent litigation firm, maintains a database of French patent court opinions translated into English. The judgments are from Parisian district courts, court of appeals, and the Cour de Cassation. Years of coverage are 2001 through 2012. The quality of the translations is excellent, preserving the substance of the legal holdings without sacrificing readability. They also provide copies of the original French language opinions.
The latest issue of the “European Journal of Private Law” reports on the establishment in September 2010 of the Società Italiana per la Ricerca nel Diritto Comparato (SIRD)
Conference Report: The First Conference of the Società Italiana per la Ricerca nel Diritto Comparato (SIRD) on “The New Frontiers of Comparative Law” held in Milano
15 European Review of Private Law 687 (2011)
From the article:
Founded by several distinguised Italian scholars, among them to cite a few, Rodolfo Sacco, Antonio Gambaro, Guido Alpa, Giovanni Conso, Michele Graziadei, Alessandro Pizzorusso and Gustavo Zagrebelsky, SIRD now counts more than 200 members.
The role of comparative law in Italian universities is remarkable: Italian universities are the home of around 200 chairs in comparative law, and the subject is compulsory in every law degree programme.
Società Italiana per la Ricerca nel Diritto Comparato
Italian Society for the Study of Comparative Law http://www.sirdcomp.it/
Azur magazine’s latest issue profiles the top law firms, corporations, and government agencies in Germany working on energy law. This issue also includes an article on energy project planning in Germany and the EU. All materials are in German.
Azur JUVE Karrieremagazin für junge Juristen
Top-Arbeitgeber im Energiewirtschaftsrecht (Best Employers in Energy Law)
Looks like the University Jean Moulin and the Bar Association of Lyon’s conference on law and narrative cinema is turning into an annual event. The 2nd annual meeting was held in late March in Lyon. In addition to panels, the conference also screened films. Participants included screenwriters, directors, attorneys, professors, and administrative judges.
Professor Don Smith of the University of Denver Strum College of Law has produced and posted a 90 minute documentary on the life of Jean Monnet, one of the architects of the European Community. The film provides an interesting look into the genesis of the institutions that produced the European Union and the remarkable life of Jean Monnet.
Jean Monnet has been called “The Father of Europe” by those who see his innovative and pioneering efforts in the 1950s as the key to establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of today’s European Union.
Jean Monnet’s concept of “European community” was aimed at ending the ceaseless wars on the European continent and enhancing prosperity. And yet today in Europe – to say nothing of the rest of the world – Monnet is often a forgotten historical figure, his contributions to peace and prosperity in Europe largely overlooked.
In commemoration of this 20th century giant, 18 months ago Don C. Smith, who teaches “European Union Law & Policy” and “European Union Environmental Law & Policy” at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, embarked on an effort to produce a video documentary explaining who Monnet was and what his legacy is.
Mr. Smith’s interviews capture the observations and insight of those who worked with Monnet in the key years of the 1950s as well as individuals who have been influenced by Monnet’s contributions to European integration.
The Droit Adminsitratif blog publishes every two month a very handy compilation of new French language titles called “Revue bibliographique.” The revue includes cover images, summaries, and table of contents. Book includes various legal topics, not just administrative law. Highly recommended for collection management and acquisition librarians. The blog also has an interesting “droit et cinema” category.