My time in Paris is nearly over – time has been flying by. It has been a great experience working at Flichy Grangé and getting an insight into the French legal system. I have been able to work on several files researching legal questions and drafting smaller writings not only regarding French law, but also international affairs like for example the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. As well I took part in a conciliatory hearing at the Conseil de Prud’Homme de Paris, the local Labour Court. This was very interesting and I was surprised to learn that other than in Germany, those conciliatory hearings are only rarely successful in France. Another interesting opportunity arose when I was asked to pick up a document from the Cour d’Appel, the Court of Appeal, situated in the Palais de la Justice. The Palace of Justice is a building of architectural splendour, emanating authority and venerability. It is also the seat of the Cour de Cassation, the highest court in France, and one of the major attractions in Paris.
This leads over to the other side of my stay in Paris: I walked the city from one end to the other, exploring the well known sights of Paris as well as the lesser known districts. Now, after two and half months, I think it is safe to say that I indeed managed to immerge into the Parisian lifestyle. All in all, therefore, it has been a superb summer with many memories that will last.
Last but not least, I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to the Flichy Grangé team for the very warm welcome and especially to Mr Pusch and Mr Kress who rendered this internship possible for me.