Cordial Debate Prize 2014-2015


2015-2015 edition

The first award (€400) goes to Marie Padilla (CERCCLE – Bordeaux)
The second award (€100) goes to the team of Ambroise Fahrner (Sciences Po) and Charlotte Matthews (Paris Assas)
“Les spécificités propres des systèmes juridiques français et anglais enrichissent-elles l’Europe ?” / “This house believes that Europe benefits from Britain and France having different legal systems ”

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Marie Padilla (Cerccle), Cordial Debate 2015, with Jean-Pascal Sibiet (founder of the Franco British Comparative Project)

A sample of essays that were submitted can be found here

Jury was composed as follows :

  • Catherine Palmer (President of the Franco-British Lawyers Society UK and Wales)
  • Christophe Premat (MP for French citizens living in United Kingdom & Northern Europe)
  • Claire Legras (First Counsellor, Embassy of France in the United Kingdom)
  • Dominic Grieve (MP, Former Attorney General)
  • Duncan Fairgrieve (Professor of Comparative Law at Paris Dauphine PSL)

The “Cordial Debate” is a written competition which aims to encourage mutual understanding of France and Great Britain. The contestants take a standpoint “for or against” an annually given statement. The 2014-2015 proposal is:

This house believes that Europe benefits from Britain and France having different legal systems

The Cordial Debate Prize will recognize outstanding arguments presented in a short essay format, with entries submittable individually or as a team. Quality, originality and clarity of arguments will be the criteria in order to be shortlisted, and students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. The essays will be examined anonymously. After a first selection round, essays will be transmitted to the jury who will decide between the four best essays.

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of €400 (split in case of a tie), and the runner up will be awarded a prize of €100.


This prize has been made possible thanks to the kind support of the Allianz Cultural Foundation (website), and has been publicised by a number of press partners.

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  • The cordial debate is open to students and young alumni of less than 28 years old on the 1st January 2015.
  • Essays must be submitted before close of business on the 31st of March 2015.
  • Essays must be written in English and/or French.
  • Submissions must not exceed 1500 words (excluding appendix & bibliography), and be in a commonly readable format (e.g. PDF, MS Word).
  • By registering and sending your essay, you consent to share copyright with the FB-Connections.
  • Once announced, results are final and not subject to appeal.
  • If necessary for the good conduct of the Debate, rules are subject to modification.

Links to Inspire Your Thoughts

We are currently in our third edition of the debate, information on previous editions can be found here

Report from the French Senate on the evolution of civil responsability, with a comparison to English Law:
Article on “Will there be a war of Laws”:
Presentation on “Criminal law systems in Europe”:

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The Cordial Debate 2014 Team

Maéva Guyot (Alumna Grande Ecole du Droit, Paris Sud – Coordination & Communication)

Save the Date

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More on Franco-British Law

We encourage all participants to visit the website of the Franco-British Lawyers’ Society (

For students interested in Franco-British law, below is list of double diploma law courses. We have presented all courses we are aware of, but should you spot an omission, do let us know at

University of BirminghamUniversité d'Orléans
Cardiff Law SchoolFaculté de Droit et des Sciences Politiques de Nantes
University of DundeeUniversité Toulouse I Capitole
University of EssexUniversité Toulouse I Capitole
Université Paris X Nanterre
University of ExeterUniversité de Rennes 1
King's College LondonUniversité Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
University of LeicesterUniversité Robert Schuman Strasbourg III
University of OxfordUniversité Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
Sheffield Hallam UniversityUniversité Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne
University College LondonUniversité Paris II Panthéon-Assas
Cardiff Law SchoolUniversité de Picardie (Amiens)
King's College LondonUniversité de Nantes
Université de Poitiers
Université de Rennes
Université de Toulouse
Sorbonne Paris IV
Université de Provence
Université de Montpellier III
Université de Cergy-Pontoise
Université de Poitiers
Université de Lyon
IEP de Province
Sciences Po Paris
Université Toulouse 3
University of LeedsUniversité Nancy 2
Université Lyon 1

Here is a further list (incomplete) of non double-diploma courses with a Franco-British perspective that have been communicated to us by students. Should you wish for your course to appear here, please do let us know at

UniversityCourse Website
University of Nottingham