UIA - seminar Porto (Portugalia) , 15-16 aprilie 2011

UIA - Porto (Portugal), April 15 & 16, 2011


The UIA is proud to present its Porto seminar on “The Business of Law and the Profession of Law”.

This seminar is organised by the UIA National Committee for Portugal and the UIA The Future of the Lawyer Commission, in association with the Ordem dos Advogados Portugueses and the Porto Chamber of Commerce.
The programme is now available on our website.

During the past decade, the nature of the legal profession has been radically changed by external factors such as technology and globalisation. The practice of law, which has historically been considered a “profession”, now is more like a “business”.

At the same time, what differentiates law from most other businesses is the fact that alongside the commercial aspects, it also concerns procedural, regulatory, statutory and political issues. In addition, our services are governed by long established moral and ethical standards.

The UIA, founded in 1927, is an organisation uniquely positioned to promote the profession and business of law and to develop legal knowledge on an international level.

In Porto, during six roundtables open to debate with all the seminar participants, we will discuss the ways in which law has become more of a business and less of a profession by focusing on: challenges to the profession’s core values (independence, secrecy, education, limited admission), the impact of technology on the delivery of legal services and the lives of lawyers, how access to the internet affects law firms, new areas of practice for lawyers, and the role the professional associations can play in addressing the changes, namely those imposed by international organisations such as the WTO.

The Seminar is a one and a half day event (Friday, the whole day and Saturday morning), and in the best UIA tradition, the participants are offered the opportunity to get together on the evening of the day before (Thursday, April 14) for the welcome cocktail, hosted by The Symington Family Estates.

The seminar will be held in English, without simultaneous translation.

The seminar will allow participants to establish new valuable contacts as well as to visit and discover Porto, homeland to the genuine and best Vintage Port wine (the one that does not travel).

Join us in Porto: we look forward to welcoming you there!

How to register?

Please fill out the registration form and send it back to the UIA by fax or e-mail (uiacentre@uianet.org).

How to book your hotel room?

A limited number of hotel rooms have been pre-booked for this seminar.
We recommend that you proceed with your reservation as soon as possible in order to benefit from the preferential rate. Credit card details must be given to secure your reservation.

Continuing legal education

Every participant attending the seminar will receive a “Certificate of Participation” at the end of the event, that may be used for obtaining “Credits” for “Continuing Legal Education” - “Continuing Professional Development” purposes, depending on national rules.

Accreditation in Italy has been secured. For more information, please contact the UIA Paris office.

Forward to a colleague?

If you have a colleague that might be interested, whether a member or a non-member of the UIA, may we suggest that you kindly forward this message to him or her. Thank you!

Kind regards,

Joyce Gielen
UIA Events Co-ordinator