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)

/ European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)

/ Victims of crime Association of lawyers (VOCAL)

Publications

/ La responsabilité civile de l'entreprise en cas d'atteinte aux droits de l'homme, co-author, in: Anwalts/Revue de l'Avocat, 11-12/2017, p. 489-496

/ 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

/ 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

/ Corporate Liability: Directors v. other Senior Managers, New Trends in Liability of Senior Managers – Overview of the Most Important Developments in Key Jurisdictions Around the World, 9th Business Law Forum of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Copenhagen, 20 September 2018

/ See the Able not the Label: Disabilities through the Business and Human Rights' lens : Jurisprudence of European Courts in Relation to the Employment of Persons with Disabilities, 19th Fijian Attorney-General's Conference 2017, Fiji, 8 December 2017

/ Principes directeurs de l'ONU relatifs aux entreprises et aux droits de l'homme: des condamnations envisageables sur le plan civil en Suisse, Seminar Business & Human Rights jointly organised by the Geneva Bar Association and the University of Geneva, Genève, 30 November 2017

/ The Relevance of Human Rights Due Diligence to Determinations of Corporate Liability, Experts consultation by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), Geneva, 5-6 October 2017

/ 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, Today's essential role of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights: What lawyers, corporations and banks must know, Seminar Business & Human Rights jointly organised by the Geneva Bar Association and the University of Geneva, 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 Armsbefore the International and National Criminal Jurisdictions, Third International Meetings of the Defense Offices at the International Criminal Courts, Geneva, 22-23 October 2015

Email
sylvain.savolainen@mentha.ch

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