Welcome to IWLA*
One organization at the crossroads
of wine and law
Already the codex hammurabi, one of the oldest legal texts of mankind deals with the wine-trade. Wine has been a highly refined agricultural product for thousands of years. It is produced and traded on every continent and in countless different forms. And under numerous legal requirements.
So the IWLA has a lot to deal with: being at the forefront of the legal and oenological community for more than 30 years with more than 300 members from more than 30 countries it covers a broad range of legal issues. Founded to promote and develop wine law on an international basis, it has gained official observer status both with OIV and WIPO providing a privileged access to first-hand knowledge. We strive the development and the understanding of all aspects of wine law through education and research, publications, initiatives and discussions.
To bring together the best legal minds, the wine industry and organizations dealing with production and trade of wine, the IWLA has organized numerous international and regional conferences in nearly all major wine-producing regions e.g. Burgundy and Tuscany, Rioja and Valais, Cognac and Vienna, Napa Valley and Champagne. Brazil and Portugal, Germany and Romania – we have been there and we had the possibility to meet and discuss with experts from all over the world. Our next annual meetings will be held in Bordeaux (6 to 8 October 2017), Napa Valley and Vevey showing how truly worldwide our view on the wine-world is.
Wine law is as fascinating as wine itself: it covers national, European and international law as well as bilateral, transatlantic or transpacific treaties. From planting and breeders rights and oenological practices it goes to trade, advertising and promotion, intellectual property rights and also touches on consumer and healthcare issues.
The IWLA is open to everyone interested in these topics and we invite experts as well as students and juniors to join our international network. Get involved and help us shape the world of wine-law of and for the future!
Thomas H. Schmitz
* International Wine Law Association = Association Internationale des Juristes du Droit de la Vigne et du Vin (AIDV)
With over 350 members from more than 30 countries, this network of lawyers, judges, notaries, academics, students, civil servants and regulators, managers of professional associations of wine producers and trade bodies.