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

Through lectures, conferences 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.



The XXVIII FIDE Congress will be held in Estoril, Portugal from 23-26 May 2018. It is a biennial event attended by over 500 jurists. The UKAEL is the UK branch of FIDE and we therefore encourage all our membership to attend this very important conference.
For those of you who are unable to attend, the UKAEL, in conjunction with the City Law School London, is giving you an opportunity to meet our national rapporteurs and to hear their presentations.

Part I 6.30-7.15pm: “The External Dimension of EU Policies”, presented by Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law, Jean Monnet Chair in European Law, City, University of London.
Part II 7.15-8 pm: “Tax, State Aid and Distortions of Competition”, presented by
Professor Andrea Biondi, Professor of European Union Law, Director Centre of European Law, Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London, and Ms Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho, Barrister 39 Essex Chambers, Visiting Lecturer King’s College London

The seminar will be chaired by Professor Phiippa Watson, UKAEL Secretary, Essex Chambers, City Law School

Monday 23 April 2018
City, University of London, Room ELG01, Drysdale Building, Spencer Street, London EC1V OHB

The event is free and accredited with 1.5 CPD points.
Please contact if you would like to attend the seminar.



The EU and Free Trade: Law and Policy

In this tumultuous moment for global trade governance, the European Union places itself as leader for reform. The challenges that the EU faces in this reform process are however numerous and, as highlighted by recent pronouncements of the European Court of Justice such a the Singapore Opinion an the Achmea judgment, include, among others, the limits of the EU competencies for the conclusion of its broad Free Trade Agreements and the future of investor-state disputes in the EU.
On the very “fitting” date of Europe Day (9 May), the Centre of European Law of King’s College London and the UKAEL (UK Association for European Law), in the framework of the Jean Monnet Network “LAwTTIP: Legal Ambiguities withstanding the TTIP,” are pleased to invite you to a seminar on The EU and Free Trade: Law and Policy.
This seminar provides an opportunity for expert analysis of these and many more issues relating to the future of EU trade. The panel include Dr Isabelle Van Damme, Counsel at Van Bael & Bellis, Dr Lucio Gussetti, Director and Principal Legal Adviser for Foreign and External Relations of the European Commission, and Sir Alan Dashwood QC. Christopher Vajda QC, Judge at the European Court of Justice, will chair.
The (free) event will take place on 9 May, at 18.00 in Bush House S 2.03. A drinks reception on the 8th floor of Bush House (South Side) will follow.


We are delighted to announce the winner of our Essay Competition:

William Spence has won a free place at the next FIDE Congress, the most important conference for European Law, with an essay on “The future EU-UK relationship will be like no other – a bold and bespoke new model is therefore needed. Discuss.”   Read the essay here.

William is currently completing the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University in London. He attended the University of Cambridge for his undergraduate studies in Human, Social and Political Sciences, within which he specialised in European politics and international public law.


Please go to for more information

Please add me to your contact list


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