Welcome to The Hague!

After almost 40 years, the biannual congress of the International Federation of European Law (FIDE) returns to the Netherlands. From 3 to 6 November 2021, the Netherlands Association for European Law (NVER) has the honour of welcoming over 450 specialists in EU law in The Hague for the XXIX edition of this “classic” of EU law.

At FIDE the world of European law unites to discuss the state of EU law on both European and national level. FIDE congresses unite academia and practice, including endorsement and active participation of members of the Court of Justice of the European Union.



FIDE Congress Postponed to 3-6 November 2021

In our previous messages we informed you that the XXIX FIDE Congress would be postponed to 12 to 15 May 2021. We initially hoped that by that time it would be possible to organise a hybrid Congress. However, given the current state of the crisis and the severe restrictions that are likely to be into force still in May of this year, we started looking for alternative options.

In a joint effort with our FIDE member associations, our speakers, the institutional supporters (including the Court of Justice), it was decided to postpone the XXIX Congress one final time to 3-6 November 2021. Our hope is that by that time, many Europeans will have been vaccinated and that chances are real that we will be in a better position to welcome you to the Congress in The Hague.

We sincerely hope that you will still be able to participate in the XXIX FIDE Congress from 3-6 November 2021. If you are already registered for the Congress, your registration remains valid. If you are interested to participate to the Congress, registration is still open. Should you have further questions regarding the postponement of the Congress, please view the frequently asked questions or contact the Congress secretariat here.

During the last months we have continued our efforts to make the XXIX FIDE Congress a success. The three FIDE volumes have been made available open access (topic I / topic II / topic III). Furthermore, FIDE 2021’s media partner EU Law Live published summaries and excellent reviews of the FIDE reports, and launched a Podcasts Series with Conversations on the FIDE topics by our esteemed general and institutional rapporteurs.

We sincerely thank all participants, rapporteurs, sponsors and volunteers for their continued support to FIDE 2021. We keep you informed about further developments and hope to welcome you all in good health in The Hague or online in November 2021!

The FIDE board

FIDE Reports are available now!

We are extremely happy to announce that the XXIX FIDE Congress volumes are now available, both in hardcopy and open access (pdf)!

Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law – the pivotal role of national courts in the EU legal order

Topic 2: Data Protection – setting global standards for the right to personal data protection

Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy – protecting free and fair competition in an age of technological (r)evolution)

Due to technical difficulties, the reports are not yet available open access on the publisher’s website, but in the meantime you can find the PDF files here.

The publications are the result of the hard work of our general, institutional and national rapporteurs, for which the FIDE Board would like to thank all wholeheartedly.

We are aware that these volumes present the state of the art up until “everything changed”. However, this does not detract from the lasting value of the overarching and comparative perspectives offered by these three volumes. Our 2021 Congress will allow us to return to these topics with new eyes and discuss recent developments in the three areas under discussion. From the German Constitutional Court’s Weiss judgment to the consequences of COVID-19 on the protection of personal data and the platform industry, all prove to show the dynamic character of EU law.

Those of you that had already pre-ordered a hard copy with your FIDE registration will receive this hard copy at the address provided during registration. If you did not order a hard copy yet, you may do so directly online with the publisher.

FIDE Podcast Conversations

As a part of the cooperation with our mediapartner EU Law Live, we are proud and thankful to announce their podcast series ‘FIDE Conversations’, in which rapporteurs of the Congress reports join in to discuss their respective topics.

On their website you can find, in order of appearance, the podcast installment about data protection, competition law in the digital economy, and the enforcement of EU law in national courts.

The podcast series can be found on the EU Law Live website and on Spotify.

Young FIDE Seminar provides platform for junior EU lawyers to discuss FIDE topics

19 May 2021
Last Wednesday, on 12 May 2021, the virtual Young FIDE Seminar took place. It is a by now well-established tradition that an event for junior EU lawyers is organized as part of the main bi-annual FIDE Congresses. The Young FIDE Seminar 2021 was hosted by Leiden Law School and brought together junior EU law scholars and practitioners to discuss the three topics of the main XXIX FIDE Congress. The discussed topics were “National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law”, “Data Protection” and “EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy”.

This year’s online Young FIDE Seminar was opened by the Dean of Leiden Law School Professor Joanne van der Leun and by Professor Jorrit Rijpma. It was followed by a guest lecture by Professor Sacha Prechal, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU. In her insightful lecture, Judge Prechal flagged current EU law challenges and related these specifically to the three main topics addressed during the Seminar. The lecture was followed by parallel sessions on these topics during which selected young EU lawyers presented their topical papers followed by a discussion with invited expert panelists and the audience. The event was concluded by a joint session chaired by the President of FIDE 2021 Corinna Wissels (Raad van State) during which “Young FIDE Rapporteurs” informed the audience about the conclusions drawn in their parallel sessions. We are happy that the Seminar could offer an important platform for junior EU lawyers to discuss and exchange their views on current EU law topics.

The Seminar was organized by Clara van Dam (Leiden University), Frederik Behre (Leiden University), Maarten Schippers (Raad van State) and Marijn van der Sluis (Maastricht University).



On the Back of a Bull

Poem by Hanneke van Eijken

Somebody said Europe is nothing more
than a capricious stain on a world map –
without realizing
that the gods are eternal

Somebody said Europe is nothing more
than a capricious stain on a world map –
without realizing
that the gods are eternal

that Europe comes in many forms
she is an island in the Indian Ocean
a moon of Jupiter
twenty-eight countries trying to keep their balance
like tight-rope walkers

the children of the gods live there
they have forgotten who their father is

Europe is a woman
with a wardrobe full of dresses
she doesn’t like being called a stain

of the gods’ vengeance and women with dresses
it is not wise to speak lightly

Translation by Sacha Prechal and Eleanor Sharpston

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