As its motto, the association has adopted the French saying, “Nul n’est censé ignorer la loi” (“everyone is expected to know the law”, or “no one should ignore the law”) and its members intend to promote law at SKEMA by organising meetings, debates, publications, events, etc. In particular, they hope to tackle the general legal problems faced by students by providing free legal information to students, associations, and other internal stakeholders at SKEMA, as an academic exercise. They also intend to put in place a network of contacts to bring together former and new law students (ESDHEM and GEP).
This is an innovative way for students in SKEMA’s programmes focusing purely or primarily on law to share their skills. These courses, taught in Lille, include the GEP Business Contract Law and Business Law pathways, the ESDHEM law pathway, and the Specialised Masters (MS) in Corporate Fiscal Management.
“By creating the SKEMA Business and Law association, we have set out to build an open and inclusive organisation that can offer SKEMA’s students and internal stakeholders an educated and educational vision of law. We are very grateful to our lecturers and the SKEMA management team for believing in us, and for their support. We are proud to see our project come to fruition!” said Inès Chenouf and Romane Chapoulart, founders of the association, who are both M2 students in the Grande Ecole programme/Business Law dual skills course.
Emeline Wanctin, a Grande Ecole programme/Business Contract Law student and the newly elected chair of the association, added: “I’m delighted to be involved in the brand new SKEMA Business and Law association, whose values reflect those of SKEMA. I’m fortunate to have the support of an energetic and caring team, and I’m sure that the wide scope of the association will make it relevant to a large number of SKEMA students. I look forward to working with you all!”
“There are three factors behind the wide range of associations that exist at SKEMA: the perseverance and energy of students, the relevance of the associations, and support from the community. This project ticks all three boxes. The association is going to offer a very useful service to students and the association community. Inès and Romane dug their heels in to get through the long lockdown without losing their motivation. They have worked through all the stages, contacted the right people, and recruited a team with a great deal of potential. And lastly, this project really shows the power of the cooperation between SKEMA’s various stakeholders: the project was nurtured and supported by lecturers (Isabelle Bufflier, Diane de Saint Affrique, and Mathieu Villars) who have been generous with their advice. It is a great example of how the SKEMA ecosystem comes together to create value!” said Axelle Sapy, head of student associations.
The SKEMA Business and Law committee consists of Emeline Wanctin (Chair), Wissam Moukahal (treasurer), Sarah Sahbani (secretary), Inès Chenouf (head of events), Jade Moulis (head of legal news), and Romane Chapoulart (head of legal training).