AIDV Conference 2018
Napa - California - USA
1-3 October 2018

Scientific Program

Credits photos Napa Valley Vintners

The Ever Changing Nature of Wine Law
Climate change, international trade (barriers), joint ventures, GIs, judges and administrators
Scientific Provisional Program (20180902), subject to changes
DAY ONE - Monday October 1
8 AM - registration of participants
8.30 AM – Conference opening
- Thomas Schmitz, President AIDV
- Representative
Mike Thompson, Member, U.S. Congress, and Co-chair, Congressional Wine Caucus
9 AM - 10.30 AM - Session 1 – Climate: what changes and which possible legal consequences?
Jean-Marie Aurand, OIV Director General
1.1 General introduction & scientific presentation
Christopher Field, Stanford University, Woods Institute for the Environment, USA
1.2 Climate change and social and environmental responsibilities.
Jérôme Agostini – Director, CNIV, France
Discussion between speakers, Q&A audience
10.30 AM – 11 AM - Refreshments
11 AM – 12.30 PM - Session 2 – Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation : Law and Policy
Chair: Richard Mendelson – Professor & Partner, DP&F, Napa, USA
2.1 How to adapt Protected Designation of Origin regulations? – The example of Champagne
Charles Goemaere – Director Economy and Legal Affairs – CIVC, France
2.2 What legal and policy issues for an individual company? – A US example
Chris Savage – Senior Director, Global Environmental Affairs, E. & J.Gallo Winery, USA
2.3 What legal and policy issues for governments? – California's approach
Ethan Elkind – University of California Berkeley, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, USA
12.30 PM – 2 PM - Lunch
2 PM - 3.30 PM  - Session 3 – Regulators’ panel on enforcement strategies
Roundtable moderator: Tracy Genesen – Vice-President & General Counsel, Wine Institute US, USA
Speaker: Nathalie Marty-Houpert - Legal Director INAO, France - the French perspective
Speaker: Rob Tobiassen – Compliance Consultant and Former TTB Chief Counsel, USA – US issues

Speaker: Matthew Botting - ABC General Counsel, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, USA
3.30 PM – 4 PM   - Refreshments
4 PM – 5.30 PM Session 4 - Judges’ panel on cost & time management in international disputes
Roundtable moderator: Stephen Stern, partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne, Australia

Speaker: Honorable Michael Fitzgerald – US District Court, Central District of Califiornia, USA
Speaker: Justice Michael Manson - Federal Court, Canada
Speaker: Dr Matthias Zigann, Presiding Judge at the Regional Court, Munich, Germany
5.30 PM – 5.45 PM – Break
5.45 PM- 6.30 PM General Meeting of Members (AIDV members only)
From 8 PM – Drinks & Gala dinner
DAY TWO - Tuesday October 2
9 AM – 10.30 AM - Session 5 - Trade barriers and other restrictions to international trade
Bernard O’Connor –Professor & Partner, NCTM, Italy
5.1 Addressing barriers to trade in the wine sector
Gregory Hodson, President, FIVS, Paris, France
5.2 international agreements as means of removing trade barriers
Gary N. Horlick, Attorney at Law, Washington DC, USA
5.3 International trade disputes (WTO and others)
Christopher S. Wilson, Partner Norton Rose Fulbright, Vancouver, Canada
10.30 AM – 11 AM - Refreshments
11 AM – 12.30 PM - Session 6 - The scope of GI protection
Chair: Matthijs Geuze - Former Lisbon Registry Head, WIPO
6.1 The use of a genuine GI product in a non-GI product (Champagner Sorbet) – BNIC’s view
Virginie Dessimiroff – Director Legal Department, BNIC, France
6.2 The use of a GI as (part of) the designation of other products (Napa honey or chocolate or….; Darjeeling underwear, etc.)
Scott Gerien, Partner DP&F, Napa, USA
6.3 A comparison of certification marks, geographical indications and indications of source
Marina Cousté, Partner Simmons & Simmons, Paris, France
12.30 PM – 2 PM  -  Lunch
2 PM – 3.30 PM - Session 7 – New adventures and joint ventures – case studies
Chair: Michael Maher – General Counsel, Harlan Estate
7.1 An Australian success story
Viviann Stapp, Counsel,  Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Jackson Family Wines, USA
7.2 Old world resistance
David Pearson – Chief Executive Officer, Opus One, USA
3.30 PM – 4 PM   - Refreshments
4 PM - 5.30 PM - Session 8 – Latest developments 2018, an overview
Chair: Rein-Jan Prins, Attorney at Law, France

8.1 What’s new, what’s being prepared (all wine law related fields)?
Speaker: Marc Sorini, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, USA
8.2 A pioneer project recently set-up in Italy regarding origin certification and authenticity testing on wine
Giorgio Rusconi, Partner Mondini Rusconi, Italy
8.3 The Wine Bottle - a trademark or just a narrow necked container?
Ron Dimock, Partner, DLA Piper, Canada

5.30 PM – 5.45 PM – Conference close
From 8 PM – Drinks & Dinner (theme: learning about Napa wines)

10 AM – 14.00 PM - Excursion Napa Valley Wineries & Lunch
14.30 PM - End of the program


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