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2017 Wine & Law Program in Champagne, France this October

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This year, the University of Reims’ Wine & Law Program is in its seventh session and will discuss topics related to trademarks and intellectual property rights in the wine and spirits sector. The Program is a 6-day intensive course program in English from October 9, 2017 through October 14, 2017 at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne. Topics include international and comparative aspects of geographical indications, trademarks, and intellectual property rights. The faculty consists of  Steven Charters, Silvere Lefevre, Stefan Martin, Stephen Stern, Jean-Marie Barillere, myself, and Theodore Georgopoulos. Participants are mostly professionals but law (or wine-related discipline) students are also welcome.

Courses and Seminars include:

  • Trademarks & Geographical Indications in Wine Marketing
  • Introduction to the European Protection of Geographical Indications
  • Seminar on the Practice of the EUIPO
  • Seminar on European Case Law Related to IP Rights
  • The International System of Protection for GIs and Trademarks Applied to the Wine Sector
  • Trademarks & Geographical Indications for Wines & Spirits in U.S. Law
  • Trademarks & Geographical Indications for Wines & Spirits in Australia
  • Special Event: Discussing Wine & Spirits Law with FIVS

The program also includes visits to local Champagne landmarks and relevant legal institutions, wine tasting, sightseeing, and socializing.

Mr. Georgopoulos runs the Wine & Law Program at the University of Reims in the Champagne region of France. The Program includes the wine law school session, hosted each year in English, as well as a one-year, full-time program, taught in French (DU vitivinicole et des spiritueux).

To find out more about the Program or to apply, see the official Wine & Law Program website here.

You can read more about my time at the 2011 Wine & Law Program in the article Life After Champagne: Synopsis of the 2011 Wine & Law Summer Program and 2015 Wine & Law Program at the University of Reims in Champagne, France.

Lindsey A. Zahn


Lindsey is the founder and author of On Reserve: A Wine Law Blog. She is an alcohol beverage and food attorney and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

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