Florence G'sell / Professor of Private Law, University of Lorraine

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A graduate from Science Po and a lawyer by training, Florence G’sell holds a PhD from Paris 1 University (2005). In 2011 she became Agrégé de droit privé de sciences criminelles, a title which makes her a full professor of private and criminal law.

She started her career in 1995 at Societe Generale Securities, New York, before joining AXA Corporate Solutions (1998-2002). Between 2002 and 2005 she was a lecturer in Paris Descartes University, then Paris 1 University. In 2005 she became an assistant professor, then in 2011 a professor in University of West Britany (Université de Bretagne Occidentale). Since 2014 she is a professor of private law in University of Lorraine (Nancy).

On the side, she has taught private and criminal law for 10 years in Science Po (Paris) and between 2006 and 2012 she was an assistant professor in Paris 1 University. In 2015, she was a visiting scholar in the Coase Sandor Institute for Law and Economics (University of Chicago).

She has authored various articles and one book.


By Florence G'sell on Paris Innovation Review

The recent Directive on the protection of trade secrets sparked widespread criticism. Much has been said on this text, accused of having been written under the influence of multinational companies and of allowing prosecutions against journalists and whistleblowers. A careful reading of the text, however, can dispel most of the expressed concerns. The purpose of the Directive is not to organize the disguise of wrongdoing or unethical behavior. It is, however, aimed at protecting any information that would constitute a competitive advantage, without inducing intellectual property rights.
Votée au Parlement Européen le 14 avril dernier, la Directive protégeant les secrets d'affaires contre l'obtention, l'utilisation et la divulgation illicites a suscité de nombreuses critiques. Une lecture attentive du texte permet toutefois de dissiper en grande partie les craintes exprimées. L'objet de la Directive est fondamentalement de protéger les informations qui constituent un avantage concurrentiel sans pour autant faire l'objet de droits de propriété intellectuelle.


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