Fédération Internationale Pour Le Droit Européen (FIDE)
Established in 1961, FIDE brings together the European law associations of each Member State, as well as of candidate countries and Norway and Switzerland. As the common umbrella organization, it is highly acknowledged by many as having a remarkable role on the development and shaping of both European legal framework and culture, over more than 50 years of existence. See for more information: www.fide-europe.org
FIDE’s activities are focused on a long tradition of biennial Congresses
FIDE’s most important activity consists in the organisation of biennial FIDE Congresses and the related publications. These congresses are by many considered to be among the most significant and reputable conferences on EU law, bringing together great minds in the area.
The unique FIDE Congresses typically attract approximately 500 participants from all over Europe and beyond. Here, prominent and internationally acknowledged representatives from the academic world meet with judges and advocates general from the Court of Justice of the EU, as well as leading personalities from the General Court of the EU, national (supreme) courts and other courts, officials from the Commission, the Council, Parliament, national ministries, as well as practicing lawyers. Over several days of intense legal discussions and debates, what could be called the elite of EU law exchange ideas and visions for the development of EU law.
FIDE Congresses are also a perfect occasion to exchange views and expertise on EU law and the different national experiences between the various generations of participants outside the Conference sessions in the ancillary gathering events, such as receptions, cultural events, formal dinners and excursions for participants and their spouses.
The Court of Justice of the European Union supports the Congress by providing professional interpretation services including simultaneous interpretation allowing all presentations and speeches at the Congress to be followed in English, French and German.
If you are interested in FIDE’s history and would like to learn more about its role in European integration and the creation of the EU legal order, we can highly recommend this article by Rebekka Byberg, first published in the American Journal of Legal History.