Postponement of FIDE 2020 – update 31/3

In our previous message we informed you that the Netherlands government decided to cancel all public events until 1 June 2020 in light of the COVID-19 (“corona”) crisis. In a joint effort with our FIDE member associations, our speakers, and the institutional supporters (including the Court of Justice), it was decided to postpone the XXIX FIDE Congress to 29 August to 1 September 2020.

If you are already registered for the congress, your registration remains valid. If you are interested to participate, registration is still open.

We appreciate the support we have received from many of you over the past weeks and thank you for your understanding. We hope to welcome you in a sunny The Hague on 29 August 2020.

If for reasons related to the COVID-19 crisis, the FIDE Congress would be prevented from taking place in August 2020, the XXIX FIDE Congress will be held from 12 to 15 May 2021.

Our thoughts remain with those affected by the pandemic and those working in the frontline fighting it.

The FIDE 2020 Board

‘From us, for you’

A special message from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Welcome to The Hague!

After almost 40 years, the biannual congress of the International Federation of European Law (FIDE) returns to the Netherlands. From 20 to 23 May 2020, 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.



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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Steering Committee meeting @ The Hague