On June 23, 2014, CRCICA hosted the international launching seminar of Henri Capitant’s Association entitled “The necessity of reforming Private and Economic Relations Laws: a Franco-Egyptian perspective”. The general theme involved a close examination and comparison between the evolution of the French and Egyptian laws regarding different legal topics such as the reform of the French civil law, the non-execution of contracts under Egyptian law, the evolution of economic law, evidence law and the evolution of arbitration law.
The seminar helped connecting the legal French speaking community in Egypt from universities, law firms and the different sectors of business environment and also managed to draw a closer look at the challenges and evolution of both the French and Egyptian laws.
The event was organized on the occasion of establishing the Association’s Egypt Group, which will function temporarily under the auspices of the IDAI (“Institut de Droit des Affaires Internationales” in Cairo), which is a delocalized branch of the prestigious University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. The establishment of the Egypt Group will foster collaboration between Egyptian and French jurists and will, hence, widen the scope of research in many important topics and changes made in the Egyptian law and case law. Members of the Egyptian Group are Prof. Dr. Hossam Loutfi, Professor at Cairo University, Director of the Civil Law Department (Beni Suef), Dr. Maged Ackad, Principal, Ackad Law Office, Dr. Ismail Selim, Partner, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, and CRCICA Director, Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf.
It is notable that the Henri Capitant Association of Friends of French Legal Culture (Association Henri Capitant des Amis de la Culture Juridique Française) has been involved in the process of reforming the French civil law. The Association, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year, is present through national groups and correspondents in more than 55 countries and has undertaken numerous initiatives, all aimed at showcasing the values and methods of the civil law legal culture.
It organizes numerous events, preeminent among them are the International Days, which have been held since its inception, and the proceedings of which are published in a collection which today includes more than sixty volumes. Each year, these International Days revolve around a theme that involves various branches of the law (private and public, national and international), and bring together lawyers from some thirty countries in Europe, America, Africa and Asia.