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 CJEU is scheduled to give judgment in the Achmea case on 6 March. This may at last provide an answer to the vexed question of the compatibility with EU law of the many intra-EU BITs resulting from the accessions of 2004, 2007 and 2013. Read with Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion, the judgment will be of intense interest both to EU law specialists and to specialists in international investment law. This seminar provides an early opportunity for expert analysis of the issues, from the investment law perspective by Dr Lorand Bartells of the University of Cambridge, and from the EU law perspective by Professor Panos Koutrakos of City University, with commentary by the Chair, Sir Alan Dashwood QC, in the light of his practical experience of the Micula litigation.

Monday 26 March 2018
6 – 7.30 pm, followed by drinks
The River Room, King's College London, Strand Campus

Places are strictly limited so please secure yours by emailing
Please make your online payment as soon as possible. Payment at the door (by cheque or exact cash) may also be possible should there be any places remaining.
Fee: UKAEL members £15, UKAEL student members £5, general public £25, students £10


Win a place at the most important conference for European Law!

FIDE XXVIII – Estoril, Portugal 23-26 May 2018
The FIDE CONGRESS is a biennial event attended by over 500 jurists (
The competition is open to full time law students, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers who are UKAEL members. Entrants must be UK residents and based at UK institutions or firms at the time of the Congress.

The title of the essay is:

“The future EU-UK relationship will be like no other – a bold and bespoke new model is therefore needed. Discuss.”

Essays of no more than 2000 words (including footnotes) will be judged by a panel from the UKAEL Committee.
The prize consists of registration at the FIDE Congress in Estoril plus a bursary for travel and accommodation. The winner will be expected to contribute a short written report on the Congress upon return.

Please register your interest by emailing, stating your name, address, institution, year of study. Essays must reach UKAEL by 28 February 2018.

For those of you who missed the UKAEL Annual Lecture by 

Sir Jonathan Faull: "European Law in the United Kingdom"

Read the lecture here.


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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