Sylvain Savolainen

Sylvain Savolainen

Bar admission

2013

Professional experience

Mentha, Geneva (since 2017)
LALIVE, Geneva (2015-2017)
Bory & Associés (formerly Ducrest, Nerfin, Berta, Spira & Bory), Geneva (2014-2015)
Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva (2013-2014)
International Criminal Court, Defence team led by Karim Khan QC, The Hague (2012-2013)
Photographer and reporter freelance (1996-2008)

Practice areas

Criminal, civil and administrative litigation, in particular criminal law, international criminal law, white collar crime, tort law, employment law, drafting of contracts, human rights

Education

Certificate of advanced studies in legal professions, University of Geneva (2013)
Master of laws (summa cum laude), University of Geneva (2013)
Bachelor of laws (cum laude), University of Geneva (2011)

Prizes & Honours

1st prize of the Michel Nançoz pleading and eloquence competition of the Geneva Bar Association (2015)
3rd prize of the eloquence competition Prix Paris-Montreal de la francophonie (2015)
Prize for best Masters of Laws thesis (2012)
(topic: The Corporate Criminal Liability for the International Crime of Pillage: Comparison of Internal Legal Systems)

Other activities

Member of the Human Rights Commission of the Geneva Bar Association

Languages

French, English

Memberships

Geneva Bar Association
Swiss Federation of Lawyers
International Association of Lawyers (UIA)

Publications

Business and human rights: nouvelle donne pour les entreprises et les avocats, co-author, in: Anwalts/Revue de l'Avocat, 10/2016, p. 429-435
Me Laurence Bory, future présidente de l'Union Internationale des Avocats, in Anwalts/Revue de l'Avocat, 03/2015, p. 106-108
La responsabilité pénale de la personne morale pour le crime international de pillage: regard sur les systèmes juridiques internes, in: Les dossiers de la Revue de droit pénal et de criminologie, vol. 21, La Charte, 2014, p. 131-150
Le long combat pour juger Hissène Habré, in: Tribune des droits humains, 2008
Le Conseil doit respecter ses résolutions sur la Birmanie, in: Tribune des droits humains, 2008
Les USA refusent l'ONU dans leurs prisons en Irak - Nul besoin de toucher pour torturer, in: Tribune des droits humains, 2008
Le destin d'un procureur est d'être critiqué, co-auteur, in: Tribune des droits humains, 2008
Le temps presse pour juger l'ancien dictateur tchadien Hissène Habré, in: Rue89, 2008
Tribunal spécial pour la Sierra Leone: quel bilan pour la justice internationale? in: Tribune des droits humains, 2007
Taylor, dernier fusil du modèle sierra-léonais, in: International Justice Tribune, n° 69, 2007
Sierra Leone: A la poursuite des diamants du sang, in: L'Hebdo, 7 décembre 2006, p.48-50

Conferences

Best practices and how to improve on the effectiveness of cross-border cooperation between states with respect to law enforcement on the issue of business and human rights, Experts consultation by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Geneva, 17 February 2017
Drafting a Practical Guide to Defence Investigations, Fourth Meetings of Defence Offices at the International Criminal Courts, London, 25-26 November 2016
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and their Implication for Banks, Seminar Today’s essential role of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights: What lawyers, corporations and banks must know, Geneva, 17 November 2016
The “Lawyer of the First Hour” under the Swiss Criminal Procedure Code, Meeting between the Human Rights Commission of the Geneva Bar Association and Lawyers from Tajikistan and Swaziland, Geneva, 30 March 2016
1) The “Lawyer of the first hour” under the Swiss Criminal Procedure Code ; 2) European Court of Human Rights case law: Dembele vs Switzerland, Seminar The “Lawyer of the first hour” under the Swiss Criminal Procedure Code and the related International Human Rights safeguards, Geneva, 7-8 mars 2016
Respect of the adversarial principle and equality of arms before the international and national criminal jurisdictions, Third international meetings of the Defense Offices at the International Criminal Courts, Geneva, 22-23 October 2015