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    XXVIII FIDE CONGRESS 2018 - Estoril, Portugal

    For those of you who missed our seminar "An Evening with our National Rapporteurs" we have uploaded their reports.

    For The External Dimension of EU Policies, presented by Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law, City, University of London, please see here.

    For Tax, State Aid and Distortions of Competition, presented by Professor Andrea Biondi, Professor of European Union Law, Director Centre of European Law, Kings College London, and Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho, Barrister 39 Essex Chambers, please see here.


    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.” 

    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.

    Read his essay here

    Read William's conference report here

    The XXVIII FIDE Congress will take place in Estoril from 23-26 May 2018 - official website


    The title of thIs year's essay was:

    “How is the relationship between EU law and member state law conceived by the CJEU, and how can this conception be reconciled with the sovereignty of Parliament in the UK?”

    The prize went to John Morgan. John is a Trainee Solicitor at Brodies LLP in Glasgow. He works in the firm’s employment law division, within which he will continue to work following his qualification later in 2016. He attended the University of Glasgow for his LLB and the University of Edinburgh for his Diploma in Legal Practice, also spending time abroad at the Universities of Toronto, Connecticut and Cagliari where he specialised in International and European Law.

    Download the winning essay


    The XXVII FIDE Congress took place in Budapest from 18-21 May 2016 - official website


    General Topic 1: European Banking Union

    General Topic 2: Private Enforcement and Collective Redress in European Competition Law  - 

    For the full text see here

    UK rapporteurs: Anneli Howard (Monckton Chambers); Anneliese Blackwood (Monckton Chambers); James Bourke (Monckton Chambers)

    General Topic 3: Division of Competences and Regulatory Powers between the EU and the Member States

    For the full text see here

    UK rapporteurs: Professor Adam Lazowski (University of Westminster); Professor Adam Cygan (University of Leicester)

    For the questionnaires please see here



    Anneli Howard

    Anneli Howard is recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers Directories as a leading senior junior in Competition, EU Law, Telecommunications, Aviation and Consumer Law/Product Liability. In 2009 she was listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Antitrust by Global Competition Review.  In 2014 she was shortlisted by Chambers Directory as EU/Competition Junior of the Year.
    Anneli was appointed as Standing Counsel for the Civil Aviation Authority in 2012, acting for the CAA on competition and regulatory issues. Anneli also advises the CMA, Ofcom, Ofgem, the CAA and the ORR on their competition law enforcement powers.
    Anneli regularly advises companies that are under investigation by the OFT and the European Commission and is experienced in handling complaints, dawn raids, leniency applications, information requests, responses to Statements of Objections and settlement/commitments. She also acts in appeals against decisions before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and appellate courts in the UK as well as before the General Court and European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
    Anneli is acting for a number of claimants and defendants in follow-on actions from EU Commission decisions and is defending other parties in standalone claims. She is currently defending 16 leading stand alone damages actions in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division regarding Visa’s interchange fees. She was part of the team that successfully struck out over 30 years of time-barred claims, saving Visa over £500m.
    A former Référendaire to the British Judge at the European Court of Justice from 2000-2003, she has expert insight of the interaction between EU and domestic law, including telecoms, utilities and other regulated industries. She is a contributing author to Bellamy & Child EU Competition Chapter 16 “Remedies in National Courts” and has written several articles in JECLAP and ECLR on the Damages Directive.

    Adam Lazowski

    Dr Adam Łazowski is Professor of EU Law at the Westminster Law School. He obtained a Master’s Degree in 1999 and a PhD in 2001 from the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw. Between 1999 and 2003, he lectured at the University of Warsaw. During the next two years, he worked as a senior researcher in European law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute (The Hague). Adam’s scientific interests include the law of the European Union as well as public international law. His research has so far led to a number of books, articles, contributions to edited volumes, and conference papers. In 2003, his monograph on non-judicial remedies in EU law received first prize in a nationwide competition for the best book on EU law organised in Poland by the Foundation for the Promotion of European Law. Over the past years Adam has delivered guest lectures at many Universities around Europe; this includes, inter alia, University of Sussex, University of Surrey, University of Leicester, University of Warsaw (Poland), University of Tartu (Estonia), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), European Law Academy (ERA) in Trier (Germany), European Institute of Public Administration (Luxembourg), University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Luxembourg, and University of Rotterdam (the Netherlands). On 27 November 2012 Professor Łazowski gave oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Select Committee; the Committee conducted an enquiry into EU enlargements and, as part of the process, obtained evidence from noted academics and policy makers.



    FIDE 2014 

    Pictures of the FIDE Congress in Copenhagen

    Free download of the FIDE Congress speeches


    The XXVI FIDE Congress took place in Copenhagen 28-31 May 2014 - official website

    General Topic 1

    The Economic and Monetary Union: Constitutional and Institutional Aspects of the Economic Governance within the EU

    UK Rapporteurs: Professor Piet Eeckhout, University College London; Dr Michael Waibel, University of Cambridge

    Topic 1 Questionnaire

     FIDE report Topic 1

    General Topic 2
    Union Citizenship: Development, Impact and Challenges

    UK Rapporteurs: Dr Thomas Horsley, University of Liverpool;  Stephanie Reynolds, University of Liverpool

    Topic 2 Questionnaire

    FIDE report Topic 2

    General Topic 3
    Public Procurement Law: Limitations, Opportunities and Paradoxes

    UK Rapporteur: Brian Doherty, Northern Ireland Executive
    Topic 3 Questionnaire

    FIDE report Topic 3

    Notes for report Topic 3


    UKAEL Essay Prize for FIDE 2014

    In 2014 the FIDE Essay Prize went to Niall Coghlan. Niall is a BPTC student at City University. He previously read History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, before completing the law conversion course in 2012. Niall has developed a strong interest in both species of European law, graduating first in his year for EU law and recently winning the European Human Rights Moot in Strasbourg; he aims to build a practice in both at the bar. Niall will undertake a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights next year.

    As in every FIDE year the prize included free registration at the FIDE congress plus a £600 bursary for travel and accommodation in Copenhagen.

    Congratulations to Niall.

    Download the winning essay.    Download Niall's very own Fide report

    FIDE 2012

    The XXV FIDE Congress took place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 30 May - 2 June 2012
    official FIDE 2012 website

    Topic 1 - UK Rapporteurs:  Patrick Layden QC TD, Scottish Law Commission and Dr Tobias Lock, University of Surrey

    Protection of Fundamental Rights, post-Lisbon: Interaction between the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights and National Constitutions. Download the report.

    Topic 2 - UK Rapporteur:  Angus Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Law, University College, Oxford University
    The Interface between Energy, Environment and the Competition Rules of the European Union. Download the report

    Topic 3 - UK Rapporteur: Professor Helen Xanthaki, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
    The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, including Information Society Issues. Download the report 


    In 2012 the FIDE Essay Prize went to Elizabeth Kelsey. Elizabeth is currently doing pupillage at Monckton Chambers.  Elizabeth studied Jurisprudence at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, graduating with first class honours in 2008.  She completed the Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School in 2010 before returning to Oxford to study for the BCL.  Through the course of her studies Elzabeth has developed a keen interest in EU law which she hopes to develop in practice at the bar, particularly in the fields of public law and competition.

    The prize included free registration at the FIDE congress plus a £600 bursary for travel and accommodation in Tallinn.

    Congratulations to Elizabeth!

    Download the winning essay             Read Elizabeth's report on her time at the FIDE congress


    FIDE ESSAY Prize 2010

    In 2010 the FIDE Essay prize went to David Mooney. David Mooney graduated in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2010. He is currently studying French at the University of Nice before interning at law firms in London. David showed a keen interest in EU law which he later followed up with a dissertation in the subject during his final year of study. David enjoys playing sports in his spare time and hopes to become a solicitor specialising in EU and corporate law.

    The prize included free registration at the FIDE congress plus a £600 bursary for travel and accommodation in Madrid.

    Congratulations to David!

    Download the winning essay            Read David's report on his time at the FIDE congress


    Official 2010 FIDE XXIV Congress website


    Preparing for FIDE XXIV: the UK reports

    Topic 1: 'The European and National Parliaments' by Paul Hardy

    This report is in the form of responses to a FIDE questionnaire on the role of national parliaments in the EU and the relationship between national parliaments and the European Parliament. The report explains in detail how the House of Commons scrutinises proposals for EU leglisation and policy, and how it seeks to influence the positions taken by ministers in the Council. It also looks at the enhanced role of national parliaments under the Lisbon Treaty, and the mechanisms being put in place to ensure that this new role is translated into parliamentary procedure in Westminster
    Download the report

    Topic 2: 'The Judicial Application of European Competition Law' by Christopher Brown and Diarmuid Ryan

    This report surveys a number of important proedural and substantive issues in competition litigation in the UK, including the interplay between administraitve and private enforcement, limitation periods, disclosure, collective redress, types of damages recoverable, the "passing on" defence, other quantum and causation issues, and costs. All of these issues have a potentially significant bearing on the incentives for pursuing private actions for breach of competition law and thus on the effectiveness of private enforcement of competition law more generally.
    Download the report

    Topic 3: 'Public Capital and Private Capital in the Internal Market - Securing a level playing field for public and private enterprises' by Dr Wolf-Georg Ringe

    This report looks at risks of distortion of competition which may result from the use of public capital rather than private capital for companies. The topic is of particular relevance to the number of companies in public ownership following a number of bail outs in the recent financial crisis. Distortions for competition may also result from the variations in Member States’ definitions of public interests and in the instruments used to achieve public interest goals. The report covers issues of company law, competition law, administrative and constitutional law as well as state aid law.
    Donwload the report



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