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.

The TCA, the Withdrawal Agreement, Retained Law and Private Rights

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 5.30-7pm UK time

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement, coupled with the Withdrawal Agreement and UK legislation implementing these treaty obligations, gives rise to several important legal questions. This webinar focuses on three such topics. Catherine Barnard will consider issues relating to retained law; Chris McCrudden will focus on legal issues flowing from the Northern Ireland Protocol; and Paul Craig will analyse the extent to which private rights flow from the TCA when viewed in the light of the European Union (Future Relations) Act 2020.
Prof Catherine Barnard is a British legal scholar, who specialises in European Union and employment law. She has been Professor of European Union and Employment Law at the University of Cambridge since 2008. She has been a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge since 1996 and also serves as the college's senior tutor.
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. In the context of EU law, he has written on a broad range of topics including, EU administrative law, competence, supremacy, hierarchy of norms, direct effect, membership, general principles of law, and economic and monetary union. He has given evidence to parliamentary committees on numerous occasions. From 2011-2019, he was the UK alternate member on the Venice Commission.

Prof Chris McCrudden is Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queen’s University Belfast and a practicing Barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London. His main research focus is on human rights law. Currently, his research deals with the foundational principles underpinning human rights practice. He was awarded the American Society of International Law’s prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 2008. Professor McCrudden is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. 

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