Working with Transparency International France

A few days ago, I was reading the news and among all the titles, one in particular caught my attention: « The presidential candidates respond to the 11 recommendations made by the NGO Transparency International France. » Can you believe that students in second and third year of the Grande Ecole du Droit had participated in the elaboration of these recommendations?I was one of them and I can tell you that it was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever taken part in.

TIF2During the first semester, Professor Magnier offered some students the chance to work on a project with the French section of the German NGO Transparency International, known for leading the fight against corruption and driven by a vision of a world in which states, businesses, civil society and individuals in their daily lives would be spared with corruption in all its forms.

The issue of transparence already concerned my classmates and me, and I immediately knew that it was a great opportunity for us to embark in such a project. As I am a quite discreet student, I was not expecting to be responsible for the coordination of the mission. However, since I joined the Grande Ecole du Droit, I was confronted to a lot of opportunities that helped me grow and evolve. This experience was one of them.

For the upcoming presidential elections, Transparency international France launched a campaign in order to ask the candidates to commit to the 11 recommendations if they were elected. The recommendations of course dealt with the issue of public life transparence, therefore we particularly worked on the participation of citizens. We were asked to make a comparative study of the different legislations adopted by European countries, North America and even Asia, with Taiwan regarding two mains themes: the right of citizen petition and the mechanisms for citizen consultation prior to projects or bills. We were fortunate to work with Ms Bounaud, general delegate of Transparency International France, who is a great person with convictions.

After some long hours of research, I am proud to say that we met the challenge.

This experience has allowed us to gain a more concrete approach regarding the field of comparative law and the work with an NGO. Indeed, this mission has taught us the progress and shortcomings in this area between the countries studied. As citizens and law students, we were very proud to have been able to participate in this work, which was useful for the modernization of democratic life.

As you can imagine, we will of course continue to work with Transparency, in order to spread the issue of transparence that every societies have to overcome.

In this way, we invited Ms Bounaud during a conference where she presented the 11 presidential recommendations to the law students of our university. I assume they were quite interested about how we can improve the transparence of public life, especially on this time of presidential election in France.

We also had the chance to attend the yearly volunteers meeting. We were impressed by the number of new volunteers who wanted to join the association. As a matter of fact, they were mostly from law background such as law student, law teachers, former judge of the Cour de cassation but there were also people working in private sectors.

We realized that all these people wanted to improve the society as some of witnessed corruption during their work. We understood that corruption was an issue that society have to deal with, which is not only present in public life, but also in universities or private companies.

This meeting clearly motivated us to help Transparency in the new mission they have given us, consisting in developing information sheets about some concept of law for the general public. Being able to put into practice our legal knowledge to support a worthy cause is something that we are all proud of.

We are thankful to our director Professor Magnier and Ms Bounaud from T.I France for this amazing experience.

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We invite you to visit the website of Transparency international France: https://transparency-france.org/

The 11 recommendations to the presidential candidates: https://transparency-france.org/recommandations-presidentielle-2017/

The presidential candidates who responded to the 11 recommendations : https://transparency-france.org/project/23032017-transparenceethique-de-vie-publique-candidats-sengagent/

Don’t hesitate to support them!

Hind El Khalfi & Mathilde Floréan (GED2)

Our great tutoring experience

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Tali and Alice at the annual Grande Ecole du Droit’s Christmas Party in december 2016

From the point of view of the tutor (Alice, GED2)

How we met:

We were students at the same High School (Lycée Hoche, Versailles) but I was in the economic section and Tali was in the scientific section. When I was a first-year student at the Grande Ecole du Droit, I promoted the school in a meeting with High School students. I also posted a message on the High School’s Facebook Group, to give a greater visibility to our formation. Tali later contacted me, and I gladly answered her numerous questions! She finally decided that she wanted to apply and she was very motivated, and we could say that it is from this moment that I became her tutor.

What does this mentorship involves?

Being a mentor first started with helping my student apply to the Grande Ecole du droit. I gave her a lot of precious information about the school itself, for example about the courses, the teachers, the atmosphere… Then, we prepared her application form together: I reviewed her resume and her motivation letter several times, and I gave her valuable tips. She finally managed to be selected for the oral admission, which we also prepared carefully. In the end, she was admitted to the Grande Ecole de Droit, and I could not have been prouder!

Now that Tali is a student, my job is to help her the best I can in several ways: I answer her questions about the courses, I sometimes check her assignments to give her a second opinion, but I also reassure her when she needs an extra push!

What does the mentorship brings to me?

I definitely consider myself lucky to be a mentor of such an exceptional person as Tali. Not only is she my mentee, she also became my friend. We had common personal difficulties, and I have to say that she was a real mentor when I needed her! It is a very enriching and rewarding experience, because she also taught me how to be a pedagogic teacher.

Tali is also my privileged interlocutor when I need information about her promotion, and she allows me to keep up to date. For example, she helped a lot in my project management, which requires to be in direct contact with all the school promotions to collect information.


From the point of view of the tutored-student (Tali, GED1)

How we met:

During my terminale, I was very preoccupied with my scholarship orientation: I had a lot of interrogations, about whether or not going in a preparatory class, apply to Science Po, pursue law studies… so when I saw the Facebook post, which talked about this formation, that I have never heard about, I was very happy to be able to contact Alice. She responded to all my questions, and was very pleased to help me, even though we had never meet before. She helped me with the (very) complicated APB online platform, but also for the oral presentation, and I am sure that I owe her a lot for my admission to the Grande Ecole du Droit.

What does this mentorship involves:

When Alice presented the Grande Ecole du Droit, she gave me information about the courses, the teachers… and most importantly about the « spirit of family » which makes this formation so particular. When I heard that every student had a mentor, it appeared obvious that Alice was going to be mine. During the first semester, she helped me with the transition from high school to university, and I was very lucky to have her by my side. She gave valuable advice about my work method, and was a precious help for the first assignment. As early as the first weeks of class, I was able to organize my work and I was not lost at all in this new environment, which request a lot of autonomy and represent a big change compared to High School.

What brings to me:

Besides the work aspect, Alice became a real friend. During this year, she was always there for me when I was going through hard times at school, or even in my personal life. Alice and I had a lot more in common than just being members of the same university course, and I am very lucky to have her. I think that I can easily say that our mentorship fulfilled all the objectives that I was expecting from it, and I am very happy to think that I am going to spend one more year in the Grande Ecole du Droit with Alice.