Function: Deputy Head of Department for Legal Information


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Sophie Valais joined the European Audiovisual Observatory as a legal analyst in October 2014. She has developed extensive and diverse expertise in the audiovisual sector acquired in various European countries, as a legal expert in public and private organisations. She began her career in Brussels where she worked as a legal counsel for an international American law firm specialising in information technologies and telecommunications. She then joined the French National Film Centre (CNC) in Paris, as a policy adviser for European affairs. She has specialised in the rights of authors and performers in the fields of music and audiovisual media and has worked for more than 15 years as a legal counsel for European and international affairs with collective management societies in Madrid and Paris. Sophie holds a Master of law (LL.M) from the Faculty of Law Jean Monnet at the University Paris-Sud 11, France.