International AIDV Conference
Bordeaux - France - 6/8 October 2017


Wine law in practice:
compliance, negotiation and
dispute settlement

Provisional program (20170526)

Thursday 5/10: Board meeting
Restricted to members of the Board of Directors
Friday 6/10: I day
8.30 AM – Welcome and introduction:
  • Thomas Schmitz, President AIDV
  • Patrick Seguin, President Chamber of Commerce of Bordeaux
  • Philippe Castéja, President Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 (Médoc & Sauternes)
 9 AM  - 1. Litigating wine-related matters: a comparison of litigation and court practices in various legal systems and jurisdictions
Chair: Peter Brody, Attorney, Washington, USA

  • France: Marina Cousté, Avocate, Paris, France
  • UK: Eifion Morris, Solicitor, London, UK
  • Australia: Stephen Stern, Solicitor, Melbourne, Australia
  • Germany: Wiebke Gorny, Rechtsanwältin, Frankfurt, Germany
 10.30 - 11.AM  - Break
11 AM - 2. The Judges’ session: a roundtable about valid evidence and more such matters
Chair: Stephen Stern, Solicitor, Melbourne, Australia

  • Judge Boddington, Judge of the Tribunal de Grande Instance, Bordeaux, France 
  • Justice Manson, Judge of the Federal Court of Canada     
  • Justice Middleton, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia  
 12.30 – 2 PM – Lunch
2 PM - 3. Alternative Dispute Resolution in wine matters: how does it work, its pitfalls and benefits – a debate
Chair: Bernard Quesnel, former Dean of Bordeaux Bar, Vice-President Centre de Médiation, ICC Bordeaux, France   

  • Andrea Carlevaris, Partner, Bonelli Erede, Paris, France 
  • Eric Agostini, Avocat, Bordeaux, France 
 3.30 PM  - Break
 4 PM - 4. Negotiating wine deals
Chair: Philippe Laveix, Notary public, President Jurisvin, France 

  • Marc Sorini, Attorney, Washington,USA 
  • Andrew Park, Solicitor, Gillingham, UK 
  • Arnaud Agostini, Avocat fiscaliste, Bordeaux, France
5.30 PM  break
17.45 – 18.30  General Meeting of AIDV Members
20.30 – Visit and Gala Dinner Château Giscours GCC 1855 – Margaux
Saturday 7/10: II Day
9 AM - 5. The Regulators’ session: various systems of wine law enforcement
Chair: Rein-Jan Prins, Avocat, Aix en Provence, France

  • Rachel Triggs, General Counsel, Wine Australia, Adelaide, Australia 
  • Javier Pérez Itarte, Avocado, Logroño, Spain 
  • Pierre Veit, former regional Director DGCCRF, Bordeaux, France   
  • Randy Brown, Provincial Manufacturing Inspector, BC Canada  
   10.30 – 11 AM – Break
11 AM  - 6. Surprise! - unexpected aspects of the  wine business
Chair: Jean- Marc Girardeau, CEO H.Mounier, Cognac, France 

  • Gilles Boin / Alexandre Maubaret, Avocats, Paris, France (Codex Alimentarius)  
  • Ronan Raffray, Professor ISVV wine law program University of Bordeaux, France (Compliance and ethics in the wine business)
  • Theodore Georgopoulos, Professor at Reims University, France, Lawyer Athens, Greece (The PDO/PGI as transnational administrative act)
  12.30 – 2 PM - Lunch
2 PM - 7. Traditional expressions and denominations, a round table
Chair: Sylvain Boivert, Managing Director  Le Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855, Bordeaux, France

  • Jean-Marc Bahans, Clerc of the Court, Associate Professor at ISVV wine law program of University of Bordeaux, France   
  • Jean-Baptiste Thial de Bordenave, Jurist, Bordeaux,  France   
  • Scott Gerien, Attorney, Napa, California   
  3.30 – 4 PM Break
 4 PM - 8. WTO barriers: people in glass houses....
Chair: Bernard O’Connor, Professor, Lawyer, Brussels, Belgium / Milan, Italy

  • TBD (Barriers to trade)
  • Christopher Wilson, Lawyer, Vancouver, Canada (WTO challenge: USA against Canada)
  • John Hinman, Attorney, San Francico, USA (USA three-tier system)  
  End 5.30 PM
20.00 -  Dinner Hôtel de Ville de Bordeaux
Sunday 8/10: Visits
09.00 - 15.00 Visits of Châteaux, wine tasting, lunch - Grands Crus Classés du Médoc
15.30 - 17.00 Visit of  la Cité du Vin

17.30 End of the program