Trans Europe Experts (TEE) is an association, created in 2009 by five French legal university academics, with a particular interest in Europe; Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson, Professor at Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II), President of TEE; Judith Rochfeld, Professor at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I), President of TEE; Denis Mazeaud, Professor at Panthéon-Assas University, Vice President of TEE; Catherine Prieto, Professor at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I), Vice-President of TEE and Carole Aubert de Vincelles, Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, Secretary General of TEE. The team was completed in September 2013 by Michel Séjean, Professor at Bretagne Sud University, Treasurer of TEE.Trans Europe Experts was created in the aim of providing a network contributed to by various universities; both French and international, practitioners of law, politics, economics and representatives of NGOs and other organisations. Stated simply, it aims to ensure the participation of everyone in the development of European law.
Trans Europe Experts purports to promote the active participation of French experts, along with their colleagues and European counterparts, in the discussions taking place in Europe, through a federal structure which permits co-ordinated, reactive and dynamic action. Furthermore, Trans Europe Experts aims to keep informed and engaged in European legal discussions, by rendering both national (particularly of ministers engaged in discussion of European legal texts) and European decisions (of the Commission and Parliament) more visible.
Comprising of a plethora of identified, visible experts, Trans Europe Experts equally constitutes an influential network, providing these experts with the means to play a weighty role in the legal directions taken in Europe.
Trans Europe Experts defines its task through the following three missions:
1. Expertise, through a plethora of experts
The diverse group of experts involved range from academics and professionals to representatives of the political, economic, social and non-profit sectors. This allows them to provide a comprehensive response to calls for expertise and offers on both a European and national level.
2. The sensitising of legal, social, economic and political sectors to European issues.
TEE’s group of experts and its constituent members can be approached for further information to gain awareness on the development of European legal issues. Their actions are directed for the purposes of all those interested; from political personnel involved in European talks, government persons in charge of European issues (particularly ministers) to representatives of economic and professional groups or associations, of all levels.
This enterprise will meet annually, in a regular and formal manner, through the organisation and occurrence of a Forum of European legal issues. Contemporary legal issues are presented through a plenary session and workshops, organised around areas of competencies.
3. The organisation of an influential network
Finally, TEE proposes to co-ordinate French and European actors already active in Europe, in order to create an influential network better able to increase the presence of lawyers of all backgrounds on the European scene. In this way, TEE will enable them to work together, in commissions comprised of academics, professionals and representatives of diverse associations and institutions.
Trans Europe Experts is administered by a board of members, currently comprising of five founding members of the association, elected through a general meeting, as well as two members nominated by the Council.
It is organised and structured around twenty-odd areas of competence, uniting French and foreign academics, as well as practitioners and representatives of the political, economic, social and non-profit worlds. Each area is led by a French academic who specialises in that subject and is committed to Europe.
Areas of Competence:
Food Industry Law: directed by Cécile Moiroud, lecturer at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1) and Pierre-Etienne Bouillot, lecturer at AgroParisTech.
Competition Law: directed by Anne-Sophie Chone-Grimaldi, Professor at the University of Nanterre (Paris 10).
Environmental Law: directed by François-Guy Trébulle, Professor of the University at Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
Intellectual Property Law: directed by Cécilia Zolynski, Professor at the University of Rennes, and Nathalie Martial-Braz, Professor at the University of Paris Descartes (Paris 5).
Tort Law: directed by Jean-Sébastien Borghetti, Professor at Panthéon-Assas University (Paris 2)
Health Law: directed by Anne Laude, Professor at Paris Descartes University (Paris 5)
Contract, Consumer and Electronic Commerce Law: directed by Julilette Sénéchal, lecturer at University of Lille 2.
Law of Foreigners: directed by Marie-Laure Basililen Gainche, Professor at the University of Lyon III and Serge Slama, lecturer at the University of Paris-Nanterre (Paris 10).
Financial Services Law: directed by Luc Grynbaum, Professor at Paris Descartes University (Paris 5)
Business Law: directed by Bruno Dondero, Professor at the University of Picardie and Bernard Saintourens, Professor at Bordeaux 4 University
Private International Law: directed by Fabienne Jault-Seseke, Professor at the University of Versailles Saint Quentin and Sabine Corneloup, Professor at the University of Bourgogne.
Criminal Law: directed by Valérie Malabat, Professor at the University Montesquieu-Bordeaux, and Olivier Cahn, lecturer at Cergy Pontoise.
Social Law: directed by Pascal Lokiec, Professor at the University of Paris Nanterre (Paris 10), and Sophie Robin-Olivier, Professor at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1)
Fundamental Rights and Family Law: directed by Estelle Gallant, lecturer at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1), Laurence Brunet, Associate researcher at the University of Panteon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) and Vincent Egéa, Professor at the University of AIx-Marseille.Public Contracts and Public Services: directed by Stéphane Rodrigues, Senior lecturer at the Sorbonne Law School (Paris 1)