Welcome to The Hague!

After almost 40 years, the biannual congress of the International Federation of European Law (FIDE) returns to the Netherlands. From 12 to 15 May 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.



Introducing: FIDE Conversations!

The latest podcast by our media partner EU Law Live is all about the congress topic on data protection. Rapporteurs Orla Lynskey, Herke Kranenborg and Anna Buchta all join in the conversation. Find it on their website or on Spotify. And stay tuned for episodes on the other topics in the upcoming months.

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.

In cooperation with our media partner EU Law Live, we intend to present the volumes to you in the form of a podcast series. We will keep you informed of this.

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.



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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