The Foundation has structured its action programs in 6 areas of development:
- Develop partnerships and networks
- Train and disseminate
- Develop applied research in economic sector law
- Provide legal expertise internationally
- Maintain an international presence
- Publish, translate, and communicate on behalf of continental law
These areas are divided into courses of actions. The Foundation's areas of intervention are very broad, both regarding the areas of application as well as the international geographic areas.
1. Develop Partnerships and Networks
Academics, legal professionals, judges, corporate lawyers, and businessmen are brought together at the Foundation to develop actions together. Actions are thus jointly organized by several countries or organizations.
The Foundation has a stated international dimension, which is illustrated by the composition of its main organs. There are 29 nationalities represented within its scientific council and among its corresponding members.
Its Board of Directors already has several foreign European members.
It has permanent offices in Brussels and is building lasting partnerships with similar institutions in Italy, and Germany.
2. Train and Disseminate
Since 2009, the Fondation has organised a Summer University where students and professionals from nearly 30 countries receive training in and deepen their knowledge of Civil Law.
It has created 7 Chairs in Civil Law in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Morocco, Mexico and Vietnam.
It awards scholarships to enable studies and supports publications and legal translations.
Either alone or in partnerships, it organises and participates in meetings intended to ensure the dissemination of the Civil Law.
Every year, it awards a Thesis Prize to two Chinese students.
3. Develop Applied Research in Economic Sector Law
Through its think tank, "The Economic Efficiency of Law", the Fondation’s objective is to demonstrate the competitive advantages of Civil Law in promoting the economy.
Specifically, this program developed a Legal Certainty Index indicating the degree of legal certainty provided by the various legal systems.
4. Provide Legal Expertise Internationally
Supporting the Expertise of Continental Law The mission of the Foundation encompasses increasing awareness on the expertise of the legal profession, providing support to all continental legal professionals seeking a source for improvement in the diversity of the legal traditions. In partnership with the French Embassy, the Fondation is contributing its expertise to assist with the drafting of the Chinese Code of the Environment.
It is contributing to the unification of the law of contracts in South America and Southeast Asia. The depth and breadth of knowledge of the members of its Technical Council enabled the Fondation to respond to an inquiry from the Commission on the European law of contracts.
It participated in the drafting of the initial proposed reforms to the Law of Obligations in West Africa.
It organizes international meetings among legal professionals in Washington, Beijing, Paris and Erevan to name a few.
It likewise organized the Convention of Mediterranean Jurists in Nice in 2008, in Cairo in 2009, and in Rome in 2010.
5. Maintain an International Presence
In its activities, the Fondation works with partners such as :
the World Bank;
the People’s Assembly of Egypt;
the Consiglio Nazionale Forense;
the Universities of Keio (Japan) and Diego Portales (Chile);
the National University of Vietnam;
the Royal University of Cambodia;
the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the Escola de Administração de Empresas of São Paulo (Brazil);
the Hassan II University (Morocco).
6. Publish, translate, and communicate on behalf of Continental Law
The Foundation pour le droit continental website is a major communication medium. It offers multilingual information constantly updated on its activities.
A collaborative electronic agenda of the international events is available to all jurists.
This tool allows legal professionals to communicate regarding the events they are organizing or even to disseminate information concerning a specific event.