Provisional programme

Due to uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, admission to Social Events is subject to any measure as instructed by the Dutch government, the venue and/or event organizer at the time of the XXIX FIDE Congress. Admission to Social Events may, therefore, be limited. 

Wednesday 3 November 2021

14:00 – 17:00   Registration of Participants in Congress Venue (The Hague Conference Centre New Babylon (right next to train station Den Haag Centraal Station)

12.30 – 13.00   Welcome Coffee and Tea for the Steering Committee (New Babylon, The Hague)

13.00 – 14.00   Lunch of the Steering Committee

14.00 – 17.00   Meeting of the FIDE Steering Committee

17.30                     Transfer to the Welcome Reception by foot, meeting point: lounge Babylon Hotel

18.00 – 20.00   Welcome Reception (Hall of the Knights, the Hague)
Welcome speech by Thom de Graaf, Vice-president of the Council of State

Thursday 4 November 2021

08.30 – 09.30   Welcome Coffee and Tea and Registration of Participants (The Hague Conference Centre New Babylon)

09.30 – 10.45   Opening Ceremony – Welcome addresses

Corinna Wissels, President of FIDE 2020, State Councillor at the Council of State
Dineke de Groot, President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.                                                                                                                                    Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Marc van der Woude, President of the General Court of the European Union
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission

10:45 – 11:15   Coffee and Tea break

11:15 – 12:30   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

12:30 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 15:30   Parallel Working Groups – Session (I)
Reflections by the Young Rapporteurs on the Young FIDE Seminar

Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law
Subtopic: Horizontal effects of Charter / general principles of EU law
Topic 2: Data Protection
Subtopic: (Impediments to) the enforcement of the GDPR
Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy
Subtopic: Market definition and market power in digital markets

15:30 – 16:00   Coffee and Tea Break

16:00 – 17:30   Parallel Working Groups – Session (II)

Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law
Subtopic: CJEU caselaw on “balancing” primacy with other concerns, e.g. concerns about legal certainty; limits to mutual trust and mutual recognition
Topic 2: Data Protection
Subtopic: Beyond NSAs: the role of other actors in developing data protection
Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy
Subtopic: Vertical restraints and digitisation

19:30 – 23:00   YEL Event (venue to be announced)

Friday 5 November 2021

08:30 – 09:30   Welcome Coffee and Tea

09:30 – 11:00   Parallel Working Groups – Session (III)

Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law
Subtopic: Recent national challenges to the authority of Union law within the domestic legal systems
Topic 2: Data Protection
Subtopic: Data protection in the pandemic
Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy
Subtopic: Data and EU Competition

11:00 – 11:30   Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00   Parallel Working Groups – Session (IV)

Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law
Subtopic: the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary
Topic 2: Data Protection
Subtopic: Public policy, public security and national security
Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy
Subtopic: Algorithmic decision making and EU competition law

13:00 – 14:15   Lunch

14:15 – 15:30   Parallel Working Groups – Session (V)

Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law
Subtopic: Other issues concerning access to justice before the national courts, e.g. standing rules
Topic 2: Data Protection
Subtopic: EU data protection law in a global context 
Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy
Subtopic: Interplay regulation and EU competition law

15:30 – 16:00   Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30   Parallel Working Groups – Session (VI)

Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law
Subtopic: Preliminary references
Topic 2: Data Protection
Subtopic: AI, Gatekeepers and Data Altruism: situating data protection amongst new regulatory initiatives
Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy
Subtopic: TBA

19.00 – 19:30   Transfer to the Kunstmuseum by bus (departure from Hotel New Babylon)

19.45 – 22:30   Walking Dinner Reception at the Kunstmuseum, the Hague
Speech by Jan van Zanen, mayor of The Hague

23:00                    Transfer back to the Hotel New Babylon

Saturday 6 November 2021

08:30 – 09:00   Welcome Coffee and Tea

09:00 – 09:45   Reports by the General Rapporteurs

09:45 – 11:00   Panel Discussion: The Role of Courts in Upholding the EU’s Foundational Values in Article 2 TEU

Susanne Baer, Judge at the German Constitutional Court
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
Moderator: Rick Lawson, Professor, Europa Institute, Leiden University  

11:00 – 11:30   Coffee and Tea break

11:30 – 11:45   Speech by Laura Kövesi, the European Chief Prosecutor: EU criminal law cooperation and the role of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

11:45 – 12:00    Speech by Paul Craig, Emeritus Professor of English Law, Oxford University (TBC)

12:00 – 12:30    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 EU
Corinna Wissels, President of FIDE 2021, State Councillor of the Council of State
Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the EU

13:00                    Closing