The UKAEL brings together all those across the UK with an interest in European Union law.

Through lectures, seminars and other events it promotes a better understanding of EU law, encourages debate and discussion on current issues, and as the UK branch of FIDE, is part of an international network of European law associations.

Upcoming UKAEL Webinar: Rule of Law, Backsliding and the EU

Monday 28 June 2021, 5.30-7pm UK time

The rule of law problems that beset the EU have been met with a range of legal and political responses, including litigation before the CJEU and legislative intervention by the EU. This webinar addresses three central facets of the rule of law crisis. Laurent Pech considers the role played by key CJEU decisions concerning challenges to the independence of the judiciary in certain Member States, most notably Poland and Hungary. Carlos Closa Montero analyses the recent EU rule of law conditionality legislation and assesses its efficacy. Kim Lane Scheppele focuses on the underlying political, legal and constitutional situation in Poland and Hungary, which is the cause of the attendant problems for the EU. The webinar will be chaired by Paul Craig.

Prof Carlos Closa Montero is part-time Professor at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute and Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He has been a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and Deputy Director at the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (Prime Minister Office) in Madrid. Currently, he leads a WP within the RECONNECT H2020 project. His research focuses on institutional design in regional organisations in the domains of rule of law, democracy protection and economic governance.

Prof Laurent Pech is Professor of European Law and Head of the Law and Politics Department at Middlesex University London. He is also a Visiting Professor of Law at Bordeaux University and a Senior Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute in Budapest. He specialises in EU Public Law and is currently a member of the editorial board of the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law and a member of the RECONNECT H2020 research project. His main area of research is respect for the rule of law in the European legal space.

Prof Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University. Starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall, she has documented the political and legal changes in post-communist Europe and since 2010, she has tracked the rise of autocratic legalism first in Hungary and then in Poland as well as the challenges both pose to the European Union. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Prof Paul Craig is the President of the UKAEL and Emeritus Professor of English Law, St John's College, Oxford. His research interests are constitutional law, administrative law, EU law and comparative administrative law. From 2011-2019, he was the UK alternate member on the Venice Commission.

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Due to the pandemic, the FIDE Congress in The Hague had to be postponed again, to 3-6 November 2021. The topics to be discussed are:

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 revolution


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Our members enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Discounts and priority booking for all of our events
  • Member rate at the biennial FIDE Congress
  • An invitation to the UKAEL Annual General Meeting
  • Opportunities to study and discuss European Union Law with leading academics and practitioners