of lease law
He is the author of the Treatise on Commercial Leases (Traité des baux commerciaux), which has been constantly revised since its first publication in 1994. The sixth edition, incorporating the amendments resulting from the PINEL and MACRON Acts as well as the reform of the Law of Obligations, was published in December 2017. The book is prefaced by Mr. Pascal Chauvin, President of the Third Civil Chamber of the Court of Cassation. The seventh edition is in preparation.
Called upon to give lectures and teach all over France, in particular for law societies and their training schools, such as at the National School for Magistrates (École nationale de la magistrature), as well as abroad, Jean-Pierre Blatter is unanimously recognised as one of France’s leading specialists in commercial leases.
He is also the author of numerous articles and publications.
At the core
He was a member of the working group set up by the Minister of Justice (Garde des sceaux) for the simplification and modernisation of the system of commercial leases in 2003 and 2004. The amendments introduced by the Act of 4th August 2008 are the result of his work.
He is also the source of some of the changes made to the status of commercial leases by the Act of 22nd March 2012.
He was auditioned by the rapporteur for the Senate’s Committee on Constitutional Laws, Legislation, Universal Suffrage, Regulations and General Administration (Commission des lois constitutionnelles, de législation, du suffrage universel, du règlement et d’administration générale du Sénat), during the parliamentary work leading to the so-called “Pinel” Act of 18th June 2014, which profoundly reformed the commercial lease regime.
Jean-Pierre Blatter is Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour (chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur), Officer of the National Order of Merit (officier de l’Ordre national du mérite) and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (chevalier des Palmes académiques).