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21 - 26 August 2023
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Welcome To The 2023 AIJA Annual Congress In Rio

Moritz Maurer
President of AIJA 2022/2023

Dear friends,

Rio de Janeiro. What a destination for our 61st Annual Congress! The South American continent and Brazil’s most vibrant and colourful city epitomise the values at the heart of our association.

And the theme of this congress will be: “Re-thinking the law in four dimensions – a think-tank to predict challenges that clients will face and identify legal solutions to meet them.”

Our dedicated Academic Coordinators, Anouk Rosielle, Sophie Lens, Paulo Nasser, Armando Perna and our dedicated Commissions, AIJA’s backbone, are working hard to develop a high standard and innovative academic programme, against the backdrop of the theme “re-thinking the law in four dimensions” – relevant to our clients and our legal practices as international lawyers.

Our passionate Organising Committee, Arthur Stüssi Neves, Bruno Guarnieri, Felipe Katz, Karen Ruback, Ricardo Gama, Helen Valente, Fernanda Levy, Fernanda Machado, Luana Muniz de Barros, Marcelo Rhenius, José Maurício Carvalho Abreu, Leopoldo Pagotto, Hugo Teixeira, José Miguel Algorta, Rodrigo da Silva, Clara Poglia, Duncan Grieve, Fernanda Pacheco, has chosen a beautiful hotel on the world-famous Copacabana beach to host an unforgettable 5 days of learning and networking experience. The social programme will take us to a variety of Rio’s landmarks to showcase the heart and soul of this vibrant city.

The COVID-19 turmoil of the past is (hopefully) over. It is time to focus on AIJA’s core values – bringing people from all over the world together. So, join us to embrace the AIJA spirit in Rio!

I look forward to seeing you there.

Moritz Maurer
President of AIJA 2022/2023

Welcome from the Organising Committee

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 61st AIJA Annual Congress.

AIJA comes back to Rio de Janeiro for the 2023 Congress, from 21-26 August.

Ranked by Forbes Magazine as ‘the Happiest City in the World’, Rio is known for its breathtaking natural landscapes, carnival, Maracanã, food, as well as the pride that comes with being a ‘carioca’ and, most recently, the title received by the statue of Christ the Redeemer as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

Rio is a truly unique location, combining the attributes of being one of the most famous international tourist destinations as well as serving as a focal point in the country and the region for several key economic markets.

The mix between city and nature provides its residents and visitors a smooth and pleasant ambience for both leisure and work. The welcoming environment and the touristic infrastructure of the city have led it to be chosen as the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016.

We’ll have the privilege of hosting our Congress in one of the most iconic hotels in the world – The Copacabana Palace, stage of countless movies, stories and songs.

Across the street from our hotel is Copacabana Beach, the most famous beach in Brazil and natural habitat of poets, song writers, surfers, movies and TV celebrities. Participants will also enjoy a wide variety of social events and tours through (and potentially beyond) our beautiful city.

To make all this possible, we have gathered an exceptional group of members in our Organising Committee to welcome you in the warm, friendly and hospitable carioca style.

We are sure, with all we have prepared, that the AIJA Spirit will be the icing on the cake for an unforgettable 2023 Annual Congress in Rio!

61st International Young Lawyers’ Congress – Co-chairs of the Organising Committee

Congress Theme

Re-Thinking the Law in Four Dimensions

A Think-Tank to Predict Challenges that Clients Will Face and identify Legal Solutions to Meet Them

In an increasingly changing world, our clients face new challenges and legal issues every day. Lawyers are often called in after the fact, and their role is then limited to reacting to these issues, either by mitigating damages or by finding legal solutions to address the impacts on clients’ business models.

How about changing perspective and acting instead of reacting? Let’s embark on a journey where our brain will be our time machine to predict the challenges to be faced by our clients and their businesses in five years’ time, and to develop the legal solutions to meet them in a world where stability is no longer the norm. Because everything we encounter today, found its origin in someone’s mind yesterday.

To achieve this purpose, we would like to introduce the concept of ‘four-dimensional thinking’. We invite participants to the Annual Congress to apply this concept, in order to form our thought processes not just around what is currently there but make use of the fourth dimension: time.

Three dimensions appear to be enough for a lawyer to be precisely located in space. With our legal expertise, experience, and skills, we go a long way in advising our clients on their current issues. But we ask you to take a step further, and pro-actively anticipate and devise the legal solutions to clients’ challenges of tomorrow. To think in 4D is to move through space and time to approach an issue not only from all possible angles, but also from all possible time perspectives. It is more than thinking out-of-the-box. It is getting out of that box and crushing it by rethinking issues in light of the past and the present. By thinking in 4D, we can shape tomorrow’s legal reality with our predictions.

This is a call to action. In Zurich, we explored the potential of technology innovation; in Singapore we discussed the future of our legal profession. Now the time has come to fast-forward and consider how to change the rules of the game. In Rio de Janeiro, AIJA will come together as one giant legal think-tank. The Annual Congress will be truly Commission-led. The Commissions are invited to anticipate legal issues that are likely to dominate or impact their specific practice area in the years to come, be it from an economic, financial, regulatory, humanitarian, environmental, or any other relevant perspective. In any event, an issue that is expected to have direct consequences for clients and their businesses. The challenge: to predict or provide a pro-active legal solution for this issue either in terms of strategy or potential legislation.

In interactive sessions, workshops and speeches, the Commissions will be asked to harness their collective thinking power, to think in 4D and contribute their visionary legal insights to today’s society. At the Congress’ conclusion, these predictions and solutions will be stored in a time capsule, to be opened at the 66 Congress in 2028. The future delegates of 2028 will then learn how accurate the foresight of the young lawyers of 2022 was.

Young lawyers of the world, what will your contribution be? Come to Rio de Janeiro in 2023 and shape your legal legacy!

61st International Young Lawyers’ Congress – Academic Coordinators 



Belmond Copacabana Palace

A jewel crowning the golden sands of the Copacabana Beach, this glamorous landmark is among the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro.

Since its Art Deco doors opened in 1923, Belmond Copacabana Palace has played host to the world’s rich, famous and stylish. The hotel’s unrivalled position means it is centre stage for Rio’s biggest events, including Carnival and New Year’s Eve.

Guests can soak up the sun by the magnificent pool. Be pampered with a luxury treatment at the spa, or mingle with Brazil’s trendsetters over Caipirinhas at the bar. They shouldn’t miss the hotel’s top restaurants, featuring great local dishes, contemporary Asian cuisine and fine Italian dining.

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