August Debouzy

Emmanuelle Barbara

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Emmanuelle Barbara built the firm’s labor law practice, which has 35 lawyers, including 8 partners), and covers all areas of employment law and HR strategies. In just fifteen years, her department has become a leading team in labor law services in France. In 2012 and 2018, Emmanuelle Barbara received the "Lawyer of the Year" award in labor law from Best Lawyers magazine.


Emmanuelle Barbara, Senior Partner of August Debouzy, has been admitted to the Paris Bar since 1993. She was the firm’s Managing Partner from 2001 to 2017.

Professional Memberships

Think Tanks: Member of the board of directors of the Montaigne Institute; Club des Juristes

She teaches at Sciences-Po Paris’s School of Law in Master II level.

She was a board member and official representative of the French Central Agency of Social Security Organizations (ACOSS) between 2007 and 2017.


“Collaborative economy and social welfare: in favour of the creation of a “personal account of protections””, BFM Business, November 2018

““Pacte” Law: Promoting the sharing of value with employees”, BFM Business, October 2018

“Negotiating in the new employment law environment”, Gazette du Palais, May 18, 2018

“What about the 21st-century employee?”, Droit Social no. 1, January 2018