The Francophone Society is the only student society on HLS campus dedicated exclusively to promoting the language and cultures of the whole Francophonie, i.e. countries or regions where French is an official language or where it is commonly spoken, be it by a minority group. This includes -but is not limited to- countries such as Algeria, Belgium, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congo, the Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, the Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

HLS Francophone Society is a 6-member highly-motivated team composed of J.D. and LL.M. students from Belgium, France, Tunisia, Switzerland and the US.


By insisting on the diversity of the Francophonie, the Francophone Society is committed to promoting -and abiding by- values of openness, curiosity, inclusivity and tolerance

It does so by focusing on three main axes

  • sharing Francophone cultures
  • providing the HLS community with a particular interest in the French language with the opportunity and space to practice French, both with native and non-native speakers;
  • promoting professional and academic opportunities in French-speaking countries. It is a point of contact for students willing to study or work in Francophone countries and provide them with relevant information and contacts for any questions they may have.



Rodrigo Lopez Lapena


Mikhael Smits


Joan Josiah

Academic and Professional Events Coordinator

Martin-Olivier Dagenais

Communication Coordinator

Open for applications

Social and Cultural Events Coordinator

Open for applications





Board 2019-2020

Co-President: Cyprien Fluzin (France)

Co-President: Sophie Nguyen (USA)

Treasurer: Laura Bournhonesque (France)

Communication Coordinator: Mathilde Charrière (Switzerland/France)

Social and Cultural Events Coordinator: Marie Beudels (Belgium)

Academic and Professional Events Coordinator: Farah Bougarras (Tunisia)