A UIA congress is always a special time for knowledge sharing, conviviality and openness to other cultures, with no set pattern or single mind-set. Budapest is a very modern city that is also steeped in history, which needs to be discovered at a gentle walking pace. It is not very far from the banks of the Danube and the modern hotels in the heart of Buda and Pest to the city’s historic sites. One of the main themes, that of compliance, will be making headlines as transposition starts of the Fourth European Directive of May 20, 2015 on the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing. Lawyers, who are guardians of civil liberties, will be discussing the difficult course to be navigated between investigative transparency, privacy protection and business confidentiality. The second main theme is the protection of personal data, a subject that is as sensitive as it is topical, in a digital universe where the dissemination of information is instant and very difficult to control, in particular when confidential documents are sent electronically. These two sessions will be attended by experts and prominent figures, who will share their experiences and delve deeper in the fundamental issues raised by these subjects. Another major event deserves your attention: the meeting of the International Bar Leaders’ Senate, a venue for discussions on our current and future practices, which is reserved for the Presidents of lawyers’ organisations. A UIA congress is also a great place to make friends and to forge lasting business relationships. The UIA takes care to ensure that efficient work goes hand in hand with the pleasure of being together. A quality social and leisure programme has been designed that will enable you to discover the many charms of Budapest. We have all worked very hard to ensure that the Budapest Congress is a success, however this will not be possible without you, so we hope that as many of you as possible will join us in Budapest.
UETTWILLER UIA President
For more information, please visit: http://www.uianet.org/en/evenement/type-46987/60th-congress