Academic tourism - Haiti


From December 5 to 12, 2017, as part of the 32nd Convention of the Conférence Internationale des Barreaux de tradition juridique commune (CIB), of which the Bar Association of Port-au-Prince was the host, the Bar of Montreal renewed the formula for the 3rd edition of the academic tourism in Haiti. The participants in this week's stay enjoyed a double program. First greeted at the Port-au-Prince airport on December 5, 2017 by Mtre Stanley Gaston, Bâtonnier of Port-au-Prince, and his colleagues from the Bar Association of Port-au-Prince, the Montreal participants immediately understood what it meant to hold such an event in the Haitian capital. The event was to be grandiose.

The congress’s activities held under the theme "Francophone lawyers at the service of economic and social development," occupied the 900 or so delegates from December 6 to 8. These days were filled with constructive dialogues, exciting lectures, interesting talks, huge debates and unforgettable cultural discoveries. The congress’s organization was flawless and the quality of interlocutors, indisputable. Then, from December 9 to 12, participants had the chance to discover the Côte-des-Arcadins, a prime tourist destination in the Pearl of the Antilles.

The Bar of Montreal's bonds of friendship with the Bar Association of Port-au-Prince have existed for a number of years and were concretized by the signing of a collaboration agreement between the two Bars on November 12, 2010. Mtre Marc Charbonneau and Mtre Gervais Charles, respectively bâtonnier of Montreal and bâtonnier of Port-au-Prince, laid the foundations for lasting cooperation and friendship.

One thing is certain: the participants of this 3rd edition of the academic tourism were charmed by the beauty of the country and the warm welcome of its people.

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