Thursday’s Plenary

Opening Ceremony – Welcome addresses

Corinna Wissels, President of FIDE 2018 to 2021: Welcome to FIDE 2021!
Intermezzo: Poem by Hanneke van Eijken 
Dineke de Groot, President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands: Some observations about the role of courts in dispute resolution and the development of EU law
Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union: Constitutional Relationships between Legal Orders and Courts within the European Union
Marc van der Woude, President of the General Court of the European Union: The place of the General Court in the institutional framework of the Union
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, Online video speech

Brexit: Four Legal Lessons

Speech by Paul Craig, Emeritus Professor of English law, Oxford University

Plenary Panel Discussion – Fit for the Future: What Role for Europe at Home and in the World?

Caroline de Gruyter, Journalist, Writer and Speaker
Luuk van Middelaar, Professor, Europa Institute, Leiden Law School
George Papaconstantinou, Professor of International Political Economy, European University Institute, School of Transnational Governance
Moderator: Christa Tobler, Professor of European Law, Europa Institute, Leiden University and University of Basel
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Saturday’s Plenary

Masters of Ceremony:

  • Herman van Harten (Secretary General), Judge at the District Court of The Hague
  • Jorrit Rijpma (Scientific Programme Officer), Jean Monnet Professor, Leiden Law School

Reports on the Working Group Sessions by the General Rapporteurs

Topic 1:  Anna Wallerman Ghavanini
Topic 2: Orla Lynskey
Topic 3: Pieter van Cleynenbreugel
Moderator: Sacha Prechal, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Panel Discussion: The Role of Courts in Upholding the EU’s Foundational Values in Article 2 TEU

David Kosar, Associate Professor, Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University
Siofra O’Leary, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights
Lucia Serena Rossi, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU
Kees Sterk, Senior Judge and Professor, Maastricht University
Rajko Knez, President of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia
Moderator: Rick Lawson, Professor, Europa Institute, Leiden University  

EU criminal law cooperation and the role of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

Speech by Laura Kövesi, the European Chief Prosecutor

Presentation of the XXX FIDE Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria, and final acknowledgements

Alexander Arabadjiev , Future President of FIDE, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union


Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Corinna Wissels, President of FIDE 2018 to 2021

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