NVER is presiding FIDE from 2018 until 2020 and, in that capacity, has been entrusted with the responsibility to organize the XXIX FIDE Congress to be held in November 2021 in the Netherlands.
NVER founded the Stichting FIDE 2020 for the organisation of the XXIX FIDE Congress with the following board members (the ‘FIDE 2020 board’):
- Corinna Wissels (President), Member of the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Dutch Council of State
- Herman van Harten (Secretary General), Judge at the District Court of The Hague
- Marlies Noort (Treasurer), Agent before the Court of Justice of the EU, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Marleen Botman (Social Programme Officer), Lawyer (advocaat) at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn
- Jorrit Rijpma (Scientific Programme Officer), Jean Monnet Professor, Leiden Law School
- Clara van Dam (Young FIDE), Assistant Professor, Leiden Law School
« Ce qui est important, ce n’est, ni d’être optimiste, ni pessimiste, mais d’être déterminé » - Jean Monnet. It is my firm believe that the EU should remain a beacon of fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law, core values upon which it is constructed. A clear view on current and future developments, an open debate and a lot of determination may help the EU to overcome the huge and imminent challenges it faces. As EU lawyers, we can make a valuable contribution. European law is made by Europeans, lived by Europeans and of course discussed by Europeans.
Herman van Harten
Currently he is predominantly involved in various civil law cases. Before he became a judge he taught and researched EU law at several universities. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam on the Autonomy of national courts in European law (2011). He has published widely on issues concerning the law of the internal market, judicial protection in the European legal order, and the effects of EU law before domestic courts.
The development of EU law is truly one of my legal fascinations. Whenever European law comes up in a national law context, the issues that arise are definitively intriguing and sometimes surprising. Solving conflicts, disputes and contributing to the realisation of judicial protection in the shared European legal order is my “raison d'être” as a judge. Promoting the meeting of minds on European law by organising the FIDE 2020 Congress in the Hague is most rewarding.
The importance of Europe and European law cannot be underestimated. Not 60 years ago, and not today. Especially if you look at all the challenges Europe and the world faces, like climate change and digital revolution. There is a continuing need for Europe to lead in these areas. It’s my believe that a strong Europe that works in community, connection, cooperation and creativity is the best available option to face these challenges.
Social Programme Officer & Editor topic 1
In her practice she advises and litigates for public authorities in the area of both European law and administrative law. Before joining Pels Rijcken in 2018, she worked in the legal profession, the judiciary and sciences. She earned her doctorate in the implementation of the European Services Directive 2006/123/EG in the Netherlands at the VU University Amsterdam in 2015. She is still affiliated with the university as a researcher at the Centre for Public Contract Law & Governance. She is a regular contributor to professional journals and serves as a guest lecturer.
Deciphering the effect of EU law in the national context is what fascinates me, as well as the interaction between the legal systems of the EU Member States. It is a great honour to be contributing to FIDE 2020 as a member of the board and to offer a platform for inspiring debates on the development of EU law.
Scientific Programme Officer & Editor topic 2
European law never ceases to surprise, fascinate or intrigue. It embodies not only our much valued diversity, but also our shared past and common future. FIDE brings together colleagues and friends from across the Member States to contribute to further understanding and success of the European project. It is a great honour to be contributing to FIDE 2020 in The Hague.
Clara van Dam
The FIDE 2020 Board has assigned various elements of the organisation to several committees, most notably the scientific programme committee, the sponsor committee, the communications committee.
Editors of the congress reports