Where the university world and professional practice meet
The partners at Capstan Avocats believe that professional practice and the university world enrich and enhance each other. The lawyers in the firm take part regularly in training law students, particularly as part of postgraduate (Masters 2) training, specialising in labour law. They are also involved in seminars or conferences concerning employment relations and contribute to thinking in this area through the regular publication of articles and commentaries in the main legal reviews on the subject.
These actions are conducted under the supervision of the firm’s Scientific Board, which brings together associate lawyers, a former magistrate from the Employment Chamber of the Court of Cassation, and universities.
What are the tasks of Capstan's Scientific Board?
- To define the main legal strategic guidelines,
- To play an important role in anticipating new issues in labour law and warning the key players in labour law,
- To provide answers to the most important technical questions, in order to guarantee the unity of the firm’s doctrine.
Françoise Favennec-Héry, Associate Professor of the faculties of law at the Panthéon – Assas (Paris II) University, is responsible for the Masters 2 in Labour Law and industrial relations, jointly responsible for the Masters 2 in research and Director of the Continuing Education Centre (CEC) at Paris II. She is notably the co-author of an Employment Law manual at LGDJ and numerous articles on labour law.
Jean-François Cesaro is a university professor and is currently on the faculty of the Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) University. He is also a member of the Labour Law Research Centre.
He previously held the same positions at François Rabelais University in Tours, where he was the head of the Private Law Research Centre and was one of the founders of the graduate programme for corporate counsels with a labour law specialisation. He lectures in labour law, which is his main speciality; however, as a continuation of his PhD thesis on the concept of doubt in private law, he has also taught commercial law, insurance law, obligations law, introductory legal studies, private asset law and business practices law at all levels of the undergraduate programme.
Professor Cesaro is the co-author (with Professors Martinon and Teyssié) of a publication devoted to individual labour relations, one of the annotators of the French Consumer Code (Lexis Nexis), and the scientific director of a study on equality for the Cercle du Droit Social de l'Entreprise (a labour law think tank). In 2012, he was the scientific officer for the preparation of the Supreme Court's report on evidence and, in 2015, was commissioned by the government to write a report containing various proposals for the law on the renewal and termination of collective bargains and agreements.
Arnaud Martinon is a lecturer at the Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) University Law School, where he has primarily taught labour law since 2011 and where he also directs a graduate degree in labour law. He is the author of a thesis on the stability of the indefinite-term employment contract (Dalloz, 2005), and devotes most of his research to labour law, in particular collective bargaining and employee representation. He is the co-author (with Professors Jean-François Cesaro and Bernard Teyssié) of a publication devoted to individual labour relations, edited a compendium on redundancy law (LexisNexis, 2012) and has been the joint director of the Cahiers sociaux periodical since 2013.
In 2016, Arnaud Martinon participated in various conferences, notably on business secrecy (Senate, April 2016), the interlinkage of labour law standards (Senate, April 2016) and the control of labour-management agreements by the labour courts (Supreme Court, May 2016).
Bruno Serizay, Chairman of the Scientific Board, a specialist in Employment Law, social security law and additional social protection. He is co-founder and partner in Capstan Avocats. He is also responsible for the social protection law department within Capstan Avocats and a member of the International Practice Group for Pensions within Ius Laboris. Bruno Serizay is the co-founder of Masters II in social protection law at the University of Montpellier I and takes part in a lot of the teaching within this Masters.
Arnaud Teissier, specialist in Employment Law, social security law and additional social protection, holder of the DESS [Diploma of Specialised Higher Studies] in Law and Practice of Industrial Relations at the Panthéon–Assas (Paris II) University and a Doctorate in private law supported on the theme of loyalty in individual working relationships (a thesis awarded the UIMM [Union of Metallurgy Industries and Professions] prize), is a partner at Capstan Avocats. He regularly publishes articles or studies (European company, management of courts representing staff, restructuring etc.). He actively participates in the training of future professionals through University teaching (particularly Panthéon-Sorbonne and Panthéon-Assas).
Jean-Michel Mir, specialist in Employment Law, social security and social protection law and he is co-founder of and partner at Capstan Avocats. He advises and represents a customer base of French and international companies and groups (close on half of the business activity) over a group of occupational sectors. He is also one of the founders of Ius Laboris, an international alliance of leading firms of lawyers, offering specialised services in employment law, pensions and pay. He also takes part in several courses, particularly at the University of Montpellier I and has published numerous articles on collective labour relations, restructurings and company transfers, GPEC [Employment and Skills Forward Planning] or working time.
Each year, Capstan Avocats organises a conference on the development of labour law and forecasting. Its conferences bring together the foremost French and international professionals in labour law: teachers, institutions, public stakeholders and lawyers.