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"On paper, electronic or remote: the notarial authentic instrument is one and indivisible" A look back at the closing seminars of the 2021 World Notariat University

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"On paper, electronic or remote: the notarial authentic instrument is one and indivisible" A look back at the closing seminars of the 2021 World Notariat University

09/11/2021

The closing of the World Notariat University "Jean-Paul Decorps" took place on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 October 2021 in the form of two seminars concluding the work begun four months earlier.  

This virtual edition 2021 benefited from the active participation of 91 students from 33 countries from all continents around the traditional faculty led by the Scientific Director, Thierry VACHON (France): 

  • President of UINL, Not. Dra. Cristina N. ARMELLA for the module "Family”
  • Professor Christine MORIN (Quebec) for the module "Person"
  • Professor Michel GRIMALDI (France) for the module "Successions”
  • Professor Luc WEYTS (Belgium) for the module "Estate”

To the academic program were added two thematic conferences, one animated by the Honorary President Jean-Paul DECORPS, founder of the University, on the social utility of the notary and the other by the President of the UINL Working Group on New Technologies, Carlo Alberto MARCOZ. During his intervention, the latter presented to the participants the "Decalogue" containing the guidelines for remote authentication established by the UINL. 

The participants of the University studied the triennial theme " The notary, a protagonist for legal security in civil Law: Protection of the citizen - Protection of society " with a focus for 2021 on "the notarial function and the notarial authentic instrument in a digital context."

Each participant had to answer the questionnaire of the professor of their module, in writing on the one hand, and on video on the other hand, an exercise that should allow these young notaries to better apprehend public presentations and short formats in their professional careers. 

The four modules first worked independently of each other, meeting during intermediate workshops with their teacher, before presenting their respective conclusions to all participants during the closing sessions. 

Scientific Director Thierry VACHON then gave his general conclusions: 
"It has been decades since the Notariat has taken up the question of new technologies (...) The lock downs experienced throughout the world have been gas pedals of the implementation of digital notarial solutions" he noted before underlining that, whatever its medium, "on paper, electronic or remote: the notarial authentic instrument is one and indivisible" reaffirming thus that there is no degree of value within notarial authentic instruments and that all benefit from the same inner qualities guaranteeing legal security. 

Finally, the President of the UINL, Cristina N. ARMELLA, officially closed the 2021 Edition, expressing her great satisfaction to see the University grow despite the constraints, according to her leitmotiv "innovate without losing our essence" and expressing the wish to meet again all the participants for the presentation of the three years of work of the University during the next triennial Congress of the UINL in Mexico in November 2022.  

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