Attorney at law and Mediator

Member of the Paris and Quebec Bars

Former President of the Paris Bar
Former President of the French National Council Bar

Christiane Féral-Schuhl works in the fields of digital technology, personal data and intellectual property. She also acts as a mediator, arbitrator and cyberarbitrator.

She chaired the French National Council Bar (CNB) (2018-2020), the representative institution of the legal profession (70,000) in France and internationally.

She was President of the Paris Bar (24,000 lawyers) in 2012 and 2013 (see « Le Barreau en actes » for a summary of all the actions of the Bâtonnat 2012 & 2013).

She was a member of the « Haut Conseil à l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes » as co-president of the Commission parlementaire de réflexion et de propositions ad hoc sur le droit et les libertés à l’âge du numérique and as a member of the Superior Council of Administrative Tribunals and Administrative Courts of Appeal (CSTA CAA).

She has been chosen as the patron of the 2021-2022 class of the École de Formation des Barreaux du ressort de la Cour d’appel (EFB) and the École Des Avocats du Grand-Ouest (EDAGO).

Christiane Féral-Schuhl’s clients include major users of IT and technology products (commerce, banking, insurance, aeronautics, luxury goods, etc.) as well as IT and Internet players (software publishers, service providers, access and content providers, etc.).

It intervenes in particular in the field of :

• IT law: contracts (integration, outsourcing, cloud computing, software licenses; maintenance and assistance, distribution…); litigation (IT projects, counterfeiting, unfair competition and parasite); license audits and pre-litigation; cybersecurity…
• Personal data law: strategic consultations, personal data audits, formalities and litigation before the supervisory authority, training and support for Data Protection Officers (DPO)..;
• Internet and media law: website audits, support and creation of commercial websites and digital platforms, online contracts, electronic signatures, and more generally operations related to e-commerce; various litigation (domain names, supplier liability, defamation, infringement of third-party rights, etc.).
• Telecommunications law: contractual arrangements, distribution contracts for satellite packages, leasing of space segments, etc.

Christiane Féral-Schuhl is also an accredited mediator with the Paris Mediation and Arbitration Center (CMAP). She is also registered on the list of mediators with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on the list of mediators of the Court of Appeal of Paris, as well as on the list of mediators in civil, commercial and labor matters at the Quebec Bar. She is also listed in the directory of the National Center for Lawyers’ Mediation (CNMA) of the National Council of Bars (CNB) .

Very involved in mediation since 1995, she dedicated 2013 as the “Year of Mediation of the Paris Bar” to encourage, under her Bâtonnat, the use of this amicable dispute resolution method. It is in this context that she created the Mediation School of the Paris Bar which awarded her the diploma of Compulsory Continuing Education. It is for these actions that she received the “Mediation AME 2013 Prize” from the Association of European Mediators.

It also participates in numerous debates and conferences on digital issues. She is often asked to give her point of view in interviews or consultations, or in hearings at the initiative of public authorities.

In addition to her professional practice, Christiane Féral-Schuhl publishes books and numerous articles in her fields of expertise. In particular, “Cyberdroit : le droit à l’épreuve de l’Internet” (Dalloz Praxis) is a reference work (8ème edition 2020-2021), providing a complete overview of the regulations , doctrine and case law applicable to all digital matters: personal data, copyright, e-commerce, security, domain names, liability of Internet actors, cybercrime… She also published the mini-format work “la protection des données personnelles” (Dalloz, 2019).

She was also a lecturer in e-commerce and contract law for the Master II “Droit de l’Internet Public” at the University of Paris I from 2007 to 2009.

Christiane Féral-Schuhl holds a master’s degree in private law with a major in judicial careers from the University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas.

She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1981 and to the Quebec Bar in 2016.

Christiane Féral-Schuhl was president of the Association pour le Développement de l’Informatique Juridique (ADIJ) for ten years (2000-2010) and is now its honorary president. She was also a lecturer in e-commerce and contract law for the Master II “Public Internet Law” at the University of Paris I from 2007 to 2009.

Christiane speaks French and English.

Christiane Féral-Schuhl is regularly distinguished in professional guides (Chambers, Legal 500 EMEA, Who’s Who Legal France, Best lawyers, Leaders League…). In 2020, she was named by Chambers as Senior Statesperson in the “Information Technology Law” category, the highest distinction of this Guide. She was also ranked among the “50 Best Business Lawyers” (Décideurs Magazine 2018) and the « 100 français qui comptent dans la cybersécurité » (Usine Nouvelle, January 2019) . Previously, she received the “International Jurist Award” in London (International Council of Jurists 2013) and the “EMC Personality Awards” which recognizes the outstanding personality of the last twenty years in the legal field (on the occasion of “20 years of Documation, 2014”).

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