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.


EU Law in Practice: A Discussion with EU Law Professionals

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HS
20 November 2018, 6-8pm

The United Kingdom Association for European Law invites students, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers to an evening of short talks on practising EU Law. This will be an informal occasion to meet EU Law professionals and fellow EU Law students. The presentations will address the practice of EU Law, both now and post Brexit, in different sectors of the professional world. Speakers will cover typical work scenarios and career patterns in their field, and will answer any questions. The meeting will be followed by a reception hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

UKAEL members can attend for free. Others are asked to pay a £5 registration fee. Tickets are non-refundable. Please email for further information.


UKAEL Annual Lecture by Sir Martin Donnelly

Sovereignty, Law and the Common Good: Constitutional Lessons from Brexit


4 December 2018 at 6.30 pm
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King's College London, Strand Campus

Followed by a Drinks Reception


What does the Brexit process tell us about shifting views of law and constitutional legitimacy within and across the United Kingdom?   Events since 2014 have increased the need for a new constitutional settlement, even as the country becomes more profoundly divided about what that might entail. The alternative is an unstable period of majoritarian identity politics, with consequences for the UK’s economic wellbeing and national cohesion.


Sir Martin Donnelly retired from the civil service in 2017 after seven years as a Permanent Secretary. His career included senior positions in the Treasury, Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Home Office, and Business Department, and he set up the Department of International Trade after the 2016 referendum. He has also worked in the European Commission and French Finance Ministry. He studied at Oxford University, the College of Europe and the Ecole National d’Administration in Paris. He is currently an Academic Visitor at Hertford College, Oxford.

Free to UKAEL members and students, general public £20
Please contact to register for this event.

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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