The CCLS Welcomes Three French Interns

For the seventh consecutive year, between March and June, the Center of Civil Law Studies hosts three interns from the Université de Nantes Master in Trilingual Legal Studies, as part of the Training Multilingual Jurists Program, sponsored by the Partner University Fund (PUF). Though the PUF program is now coming to an end, the cooperation between LSU and Nantes is strongly established and will continue in the years to come.

New translation projects have been started this year: under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Moréteau, Camille Audebaud, Laura Potvain, and Yasmina Saadane started the translation from English into French of the Uniform Commercial Code. They also translated from French into English a law review article presenting the recent French reform of contractual obligations, to be later published in the Journal of Civil Law Studies.

Trois perles de la traduction juridique en visite à La Nouvelle-Orléans

Every Tuesday and Thursday the group meets during two hours to revise the translation work.

From left to right, Laura Potvain, CCLS Coordinator Christabelle Lefebvre, Camille Audebaud, and Yasmina Saadane.

The three interns with their program director.

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Nigerian Senators and Consultants Visit the LSU Energy Law Program

During the second week of May, approximately one dozen Nigerian Senators and consultants visited the LSU Law Center to learn about oil & gas regulation and taxation.  The visit comes at a time that the Nigerian legislature is considering proposals to substantially change the nation’s petroleum laws.  LSU Law Professor Keith Hall provided the Senators with an overview of oil & gas regulation in the United States and in Louisiana.  Professor Patrick H. Martin and Adjunct Professor Pat Ottinger elaborated on state regulation of oil and gas activities, and Mark Boudreaux, who serves as Special Advisory to LSU’s Energy Law Center, discussed federal regulations.

LSU has traditionally been a leading school for the study of U.S. oil & gas law—and the school is quickly developing a reputation for international oil and gas law.  Professor Keith Hall teaches International Petroleum Transactions at LSU and he taught the same subject for two summers at Baku State University in Azerbaijan.  He also is active in the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.  In addition, LSU recently has hosted visits by oil and gas scholars from the United Kingdom and Norway, and Professor Patrick H. Martin has extensive experience in international oil and gas matters.

Professor Keith Hall addressing the Nigerian Delegates

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Nathalia Rocha Dickson, LL.M. 2012, is Admitted to the Louisiana Bar

Congratulations to Nathalia Rocha Dickson, LSU LL.M. 2012, on her success at the Louisiana Bar! A graduate of the Catholic University in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Nathalia Rocha Dickson attended the LSU LL.M.the same year as Flavia Moody, graduate of the University of Fortaleza, also a member of the Louisiana Bar: Geaux Brazil!

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LSU Hispanic Law Students Association Wins Diversity Award

The LSU Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) has been named the 2016-17 recipient of the Guardian of Diversity Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA). This award recognizes non-profits, student organizations, and bar committees for implementing and advancing diversity in the Louisiana legal community. HLSA will be honored with the award at the LSBA annual meeting in Destin, Fla., on June 8.

HLSA’s Board this past year worked with the Center for Civil Law Studies and with the LLM students by planning numerous events, serving as liaisons, and by volunteering in the community. HLSA was established in the fall semester of 2015 by a group of students who saw a need in the Law Center for an organization where like-minded people could come together and help the community and the legal profession.

For more information, about HLSA, check out its Facebook page by clicking on the link below or by emailing

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LSU LL.M. Anouk Guéroult-Bellone Passes the Washington Bar

Congratulations to Anouk Guéroult-Bellone, LL.M. 2015, on her success at the Washington State Bar Examination! Prior to studying at LSU (LL.M. in Comparative Law), Anouk graduated in the Master of Trilingual Legal Studies (Master Juriste Trilingue) at Université de Nantes (France), in 2014.

From left to right, Dr. Enrica Bracchi (Univ. of Nantes), Consul General of France in New Orleans Grégor Trumel, Anouk Guéroult-Bellone, and Dr. Dominique Garreau (Nantes, founder and director of the Master Juriste trilingue, Univ. of Nantes)

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Lyon Accords Renewed on the Occasion of the Visit of Dean Franck Marmoz

On April 12 and 13, Dr. Franck Marmoz, Dean of the Faculty of Law at University Jean Moulin-Lyon 3 (Lyon, France) visited at LSU Law. On this occasion, Dean Franck Marmoz and Dean Thomas Galligan signed the renewal of the Accord between the two law schools. The accord has permitted hundreds of LSU Law students to take part to the LSU Summer Program in Lyon, every summer since 2003. In addition, an increasing number of students benefit from the study abroad option, to earn credits or gain access to the much sought after Lyon and LSU LL.M. programs.

Left to right, Dean Franck Marmoz, Assistant Dean Olivier Moréteau, and Dean Thomas Galligan.


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The LSU LL.M. Present at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Professor Jeffrey C. Brooks, Preis PLC Director of Advocacy and Professional Practice, Director of Externships & Moot Court/Trial Advocacy Program; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, represented our LL.M. in Comparative Law at the International Rounds of the 2016-2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, in Washington D.C. Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 87 countries. The 2017 White & Case International Rounds take place April 9 – 15, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

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Claudia Castro Valle Presents on Environmental Protection Tort Litigation in Central America

Ms. Claudia Castro Valle, a Lecturer in Environmental Law, Civil Law, Commercial Law, and General Theory of the State at Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC), San Pedro Sula, Honduras, is visiting at the LSU Law Center as a CCLS guest researcher, from February 25 to April 7, 2017. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Valencia School of Law (Spain), and her research topic is “Mass litigation for transboundary environmental tort in Central America.”

On April 4, Ms. Claudia Castro Valle presented on “The basic elements for a uniform Private International Law model to expedite transboundary Mass Tort Environmental Litigation in Central America.” The event was coordinated both by the Center of Civil Law Studies and the Hispanic Law Students Association. The discussion combined expert comparative law analysis of seven legal systems (six civil law jurisdictions plus a common law one, Belize) with the complexity of a private international law approach. Dr. Hector Zapata, the LSU Associate Vice Provost for International Programs, also from Honduras, attended the event.

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Journal of Civil Law Studies, Vol. 9 No. 2 Online

The Journal of Civil Law Studies publishes the second installment of conference papers discussing the Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project (translation of the Code into French), held at LSU Law in April 2014. The French translation is complete and fully available online.

Civil Law in the World features Brazil (a thorough presentation of the Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex unions) and China (a fascinating discussion regarding ownership of coastal waters).

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Dr. Julieta Marotta, LL.M. 2007, Defended her Doctorate Dissertation at the University of Maastricht

On February 23, 2017, Julieta Marotta added a PhD to an impressive resume. A law graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, Julieta Marotta added the LSU LL.M. in Comparative Law in 2007. Her research and practical interests fall in the area of Law and Development, more precisely on innovative forms of access to justice and legal empowerment. She taught and presented at seminars in Argentina, England, the Netherlands, and the United States. The title of her doctoral thesis is Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of Victims of Domestic Violence through Legal Organizations in the City of Buenos Aires, A Qualitative Empirical Legal Study.

Congratulations to Dr. Julieta Marotta and to her husband Dr. Agustin Parise, LSU LL.M. 2006, Research Associate at the CCLS 2006-2010, now Professor of Law at the University of Maastricht, and current Executive Editor of our Journal of Civil Law Studies. We wish them a great future and hope to have them back at LSU before too long.

Dr. Julieta Marotta receives her PhD from Prof. Jan Smits (Visiting Professor at LSU Law 2006)

Dr. Julieta Marotta with Dr. Agustin Parise

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