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A president and three vice presidents are elected for one-year terms. There is a secretary general, who manages the day-to-day affairs of the organisation through a secretariat of 11 full-time staff, based in Brussels.

Decision making



CCBE Committees & working groups


Specialist committees and working groups made up of nominees and experts from the national delegations research and report on a wide range of areas affecting the European legal profession. Topics include lawyers' ethics, competition as it affects the legal profession, the free movement of lawyers, training of lawyers, international trade in legal services, and human rights. In recent years, working groups have focused on such subjects as money laundering, legal aid, divorce, European contract law, alternate dispute resolution and corporate social responsibility.