During two historic days in Paris in November of 1998, representatives from around the world joined together to discuss the transnational practice of law. The Paris Forum on Transnational Practice for the Legal Profession is historic because it was the first meeting of multiple bar associations devoted entirely to a discussion of the transnational practice of law. Before the Paris Forum, some bar organizations had set aside time during their meetings to discuss the transnational practice of law and transnational legal services had been included as a topic in general conferences that were not limited to legal services or legal topics. The Paris Forum, however, was the first meeting of lawyers from around the world devoted solely to this topic. The Paris Forum also provided the first opportunity for three of the world's leading bars to circulate discussion papers outlining their views on various transnational practice issues.
Laurel S. Terry, An Introduction to the Paris Forum on Transnational Practice for the Legal Profession, 18 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 1 (1999).