Welcome to IWLA*
One organization at the crossroads
of wine and law
Already the codex hammurabi, one of the oldest legal texts of mankind deals with the wine-trade. Wine has been a highly refined agricultural product for thousands of years. It is produced and traded on every continent and in countless different forms. And under numerous legal requirements.
So the IWLA has a lot to deal with: being at the forefront of the legal and oenological community for more than 30 years with more than 350 members from more than 30 countries it covers a broad range of legal issues. Founded to promote and develop wine law on an international basis, it has gained official observer status both with OIV and WIPO providing a privileged access to first-hand knowledge. We strive the development and the understanding of all aspects of wine law through education and research, publications, initiatives and discussions.
To bring together the best legal minds, the wine industry and organizations dealing with production and trade of wine, the IWLA has organized numerous international and regional conferences in nearly all major wine-producing regions e.g. Burgundy and Tuscany, Rioja and Valais, Cognac and Vienna, Napa Valley and Champagne. Brazil and Portugal, Germany and Romania – we have been there and we had the possibility to meet and discuss with experts from all over the world. After Bordeaux in 2017, our next annual meetings will be held in Napa Valley (1 to 3 October 2018) and Vevey showing how truly worldwide our view on the wine-world is.
Wine law is as fascinating as wine itself: it covers national, European and international law as well as bilateral, transatlantic or transpacific treaties. From planting and breeders rights and oenological practices it goes to trade, advertising and promotion, intellectual property rights and also touches on consumer and healthcare issues.
The IWLA is open to everyone interested in these topics and we invite experts as well as students and juniors to join our international network. Get involved and help us shape the world of wine-law of and for the future!
Thomas H. Schmitz
* International Wine Law Association = Association Internationale des Juristes du Droit de la Vigne et du Vin (AIDV)
Tribute to Robert Tinlot
It is with great sadness that the AIDV has learnt of the death of Robert Tinlot at 86 years of age on 12 November 2017 in Dijon.
A graduate of the Paris Law Faculty and the research and development centre of the Department of Fraud Control, he began his career as General Counsel for the National Department of Control for Wines and Spirits (1964-1970), then as head of the bureau of wines and beverages at the Ministry of Agriculture (1970-1981).
Inspector General for Fraud Control, he presided the OIV "Regulation and Quality Control" Expert Group from 1982 to 1985.
His legal competencies and knowledge of the vitivinicultural sector paved the way to his presidency of the "Wine" Group (1979) and "Spirituous Beverages" Group (1984) at the Council of Ministers of the European Union, his participation in the revision of the Paris Convention with the WIPO, his vice-presidency of the FAO Wine Group (1983) and his leadership of the French delegation to the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
After becoming Deputy Director of Consumption and Fraud Control, in 1985 he was elected OIV Director General and occupied the post until 1996, developing the activities of the Organisation, which grew from 33 Member States to 46 during this period.
Passionate about history and wine law, and proud of his Burgundy origins, he created the first wine law course in 1971 and loved sharing his passion with students in oenology, economy, agronomy or law at numerous French universities. This is how he came to be at the heart of the initiative to create the International Wine Law Association (IWLA) in 1987 and the International University Association of Wine (AUIV), which took charge of the OIV Master's in Wine Management.
A great diplomat, he leaves us with the memory of a passionate and inventive OIV Director dedicated to the service of the world of vine and wine that he knew so well.
With over 350 members from more than 30 countries, this network of lawyers, judges, notaries, academics, students, civil servants and regulators, managers of professional associations of wine producers and trade bodies.