Joelle Adda

Administrative Court of Lille, University of Iowa
Judge (President), Visiting professor

Joelle Adda is currently visiting professor at the University of Iowa. She was the president of the Administrative Court of Lille. Prior to joining the Administrative Court, she was president of the fifth chamber of the Administrative Court of Appeal of Paris. She graduated from the University of Paris and from the French National School of Administration (ENA). She was rapporteur and subsequently Commissaire du Gouvernement in proceedings before the Versailles administrative Tribunal (1989-1994), then rapporteur before the Court of auditors (1994-1996), rapporteur and subsequently Commissaire du Gouvernement in proceedings before the Paris Administrative Court of appeal (1996-2000 and 2002-2005), national expert to the European Commission at the Legal service (2000-2002), Legal Director at ARCEP, the French Telecommunications and Posts Regulator (2005-2009), Associate Presiding Judge of 2nd Chamber at Administrative Court of Paris (2009 2010), and Legal Director at Société du Grand Paris (2010-2013).

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Joelle Adda 520 Telecommunications - Dispute resolution: The Court of Cassation extends the possibility of retroactivity of decision of resolution of disputes of the French regulatory authority (SFR/France Télécom)


Cass. com, December 14, 2010, Société française de radiotéléphone (SFR) v. France Télécom, No. 09-67371 In a decision rendered on December 14, 2010, at the request of Société française de radiotéléphone (SFR), the Commercial Division of the French Supreme Court overturned and partially reversed a decision (...)

Joelle Adda Telecommunications - Fourth 3G mobile licence: The Council of State rejected all the claims against the Decree setting the fixed portion of the licensing fee due from the new operator for the third-generation (3G) mobile telephony licence and against the administrative order issued by the Minister and the ARCEP (Bouygues Telecom)


CE, 12 October 2010, Bouygues Telecom and others, no. 332393 and others. The litigation concerning the allocation in metropolitan France of authorizations to use frequencies in the 2.1GHz band to operate a third-generation (3G) mobile system has not been fully completed, but has reached a (...)

Joelle Adda Case proceedings before the French telecom regulator: A review


Uncommonly, the French Telecom Regulatory Authority has been empowered to also resolve disputes between undertakings, should said parties chose to enter proceedings under its jurisdiction rather than that of ordinary courts. While the Authority acts primarily under the control of an (...)

Joelle Adda Telecommunications - Dispute - Delegation of public utility: The French NRA exercises for the first time its dispute resolution power about a public private partnership (Art. L. 1425-1 CGCT) and accepts to deal with a dispute when one of the parties is an undertaking offering its electronic communication services in the frame of a contract of public utility with a public authority (Mobius et La Réunion Numérique)


ARCEP, Dec. No. 2010-0742 of July 1, 2010, settlement of a dispute between Mobius and La Réunion Numérique The company Mobius, an alternative retail operator on Reunion Island, which must therefore have wholesale offers to provide its service, which are offered either (as part of the unbundling (...)

Joelle Adda Telecommunications - Fees charged for public domain occupation: The Paris Administrative Court of Appeal reviews the fees charged for public domain occupation with regard to the specific advantage which results from private use of the public domain and to allegation of abuse of a dominant position (RTE EDF Transports ; Viatel Opérations)


In a context where managers of the public domain are trying to derive maximum revenue from it, the imprecise or incomplete nature of the texts governing the level of charges for occupying this domain, for the deployment of infrastructure networks, creates legal uncertainty that is detrimental (...)

Joelle Adda Telecommunications - MVNO: The French regulator is about to allocate the remaining blocks available in the 2.1 GHz frequency band in a way that will facilitate the hosting of mobile virtual network operators (2.1 GHz MVNO)


On December 18, 2009, the Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (ARCEP) awarded the fourth third-generation mobile telephony license to Free Mobile, a subsidiary of the Illiad Group. However, this authorization only concerns 5 MHz duplex out of the 14.8 MHz duplex (...)

Joelle Adda Postal services: The French Parliament enacts a law implementing the UE directive concerning the full accomplishment of the internal market of Community postal services


This text provides for "La Poste" to become a public limited company on 1 March 2010 and transposes the directive of 20 February 2008 setting 31 December 2010 as the date for the full liberalisation of postal markets in Europe. Title I amends the Law of 2 July 1990 on the organisation of the (...)

Joelle Adda Transports - Creation of the Regulatory Authority for Rail Transport: The French Parliament enacts the law setting up the Regulatory Authority for Rail Transport


Law n° 2009-1503 of 8 December 2009 relating to the organisation and regulation of rail transport and laying down various provisions relating to transport, JORF n° 285 of 9 December 2009, p. 21226 Law n° 2009-1503 of December 8, 2009 (hereafter ORTF) aims in particular to complete the opening of (...)


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