UK Association for European Law

Welcome to UKAEL!

Upcoming Events:

The FIDE Congress in The Hague will take place 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

Please join us at our first autumn webinar on 10 November 2021 at 5.30pm. CJEU Jurisdiction, the Autonomy of the EU Legal Order and Arbitration

The recent decision of the Grand Chamber in Case C-741/19 Republic of Moldova v Komstroy LLC, 2 September 2021, raises important questions concerning the CJEU’s jurisdiction, international agreements to which the EU is a party, the scope of EU law, the autonomy of the legal order and international arbitration. The CJEU drew heavily on its reasoning in Case C-284/16 Achmea, EU:C:2018:158, and extended it to the jurisdictional provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty.  Discussing and debating the issues raised by the decision, this UKAEL webinar features three acknowledged experts: Alan Dashwood, Isabelle Van Damme and Takis Tridimas.  It will be of interest to all those concerned with EU law and with arbitration. 

Prof Sir Alan Dashwood QC is Emeritus Professor of European Law at Cambridge and an Emeritus Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. From 1987 to the end of 1994, he was a Director in the Legal Service of the Council of the EU. He is a Barrister in Henderson Chambers and a Bencher of the Inner Temple, and he took Silk in 2010. He was appointed CBE in 2004 and KCMG in 2013 for services to the development of European Law

Dr Isabelle Van Damme is a Partner at Van Bael & Bellis, with a practice covering WTO law, EU law and public international law. Isabelle also serves as the Executive Vice-President of the Society of International Economic Law and teaches EU trade law and policy at the College of Europe in Bruges. She previously worked as a référendaire in the chambers of Advocate General Sharpston at the Court of Justice of the European Union and taught at the University of Cambridge.

Prof Takis Tridimas is Professor of European Law and Co-Director of the Centre of European Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He is also the Nancy A. Patterson Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Pennsylvania State University and a Barrister in Matrix Chambers. His interests include the constitutional law of the EU, judicial protection, banking and financial law and comparative law. He was involved in the negotiations leading to the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK from the European Union (2017-2018) and chaired the Committee responsible for drafting the Treaty of Accession of 2003 by which ten European states joined the EU.

The webinar will be chaired by Prof Paul Craig, President of the UKAEL.

The event will be hosted on Zoom and is free to UKAEL members. If you would like to reserve a place, please contact

The popular UKAEL Student Evening will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 17 November, generously hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

The UKAEL – in conjunction with our Finnish sister association – is hosting a Zoom webinar on The European Court of Justice and National Constitutional Courts: Resistance or Cooperation? The webinar will take place on Tuesday 23 November 2021, from 5.00-6.30pm, and is free to our membership.

Sir David Edward QC KCMG PC QC (former Judge at European Court of Justice): “Setting out the Scene: the Relationship between Domestic Courts and the European Court of Justice

Allan Rosas (former Judge at European Court of Justice): “Mangold and Beyond” 

Prof Jacques Ziller (Honorary Professor at the Universities of Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Pavia): “Ultra Vires and Member States’ Courts”

Prof Gráinne De Búrca (Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law, New York University): “Constitutionalism Pluralism: an Obstacle or an Asset for the EU?”

Prof Paul Craig (President of the UKAEL and Emeritus Professor of English Law, St John’s College, Oxford) in the chair

Join us

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

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