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Ian Forrester, Q.C., Tulane M.C.L. '69 to Give 2006 Gauthier Lecture

September 14, 2006

Ian S. Forrester, Q.C. will give the annual Gauthier Lecture on Friday, September 29, 2006, at 5 pm in Room 110 of Weinmann Hall.  The title of Mr. Forrester’s lecture is “The Judicial Function and Trial Practice in European Law.”

Ian Forrester specializes in the law of the European Union, including competition law, trade law, customs law, EU internal market rules, intellectual property and constitutional rights.  As a partner in the Brussels office of the global law firm White and Case, Mr. Forrester has defended a number of multinationals in competition proceedings before the European Commission.
Notably, he is currently representing Microsoft, Inc. in its appeal of the European Commission’s ruling which ordered the software giant to disclose program and specification data as a means of remedying alleged antitrust abuses.  He is also representing GlaxoSmithKline in two cases before the European courts regarding problems arising from parallel trade in pharmaceuticals.  He represented the European Commission in the landmark case RTE and ITP v. Commission (known as “Magill”), which concerned the interface between intellectual property and competition law.  Mr. Forrester has also handled numerous anti-dumping cases at both the administrative and appeal stages, and he also advises on WTO legal issues.

Mr. Forrester obtained his LL.B, from the University of Glasgow and the Master of Comparative Law degree from Tulane University in 1969.  He is an Advocate of the Scottish Bar and is also admitted to the English Bar as well as the New York State Bar.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988.  He is a Visiting Professor in European Law at the University of Glasgow and a member of the European Advisory Board for Tulane University Law School, the Tulane Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, and was Chairman of the European Trade Law Association (1990-1998).
The Gauthier Lecture operates under the sponsorship of the Wendell H. Gauthier Center for Applied Trial Advocacy.  The Center was established at Tulane Law School in 2003 by the Gauthier family in memory of Mr. Gauthier and his extraordinary career as a trial lawyer.  My Gauthier, a native of New Orleans, rose to prominence as one of the nation’s most successful trial attorneys in the field of class action litigation.  This lecture series is designed to bring unusually accomplished professionals in the areas of trial advocacy, skills training and other mechanisms of dispute resolution to Tulane Law School to share their ideas, insights, and experiences.


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