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 UKAEL has a new president

At the AGM on 9 October 2013 The Rt Hon Professor Sir Francis Jacobs, KCMG, PC, QC, FKC resigned from his UKAEL presidency. The new elected president is Professor Sir Alan Dashwood KCMG, CBE, QC. The Association would like to express its sincere gratitude to Sir Francis Jacobs for his outstanding leadership of the Association and his work and commitment to European Law over many decades. Whilst Sir Francis Jacobs will take on a less active role, he will continue to be a member of the Association and we hope to have the honour of his distinguished expertise at many more future events.  At the same time we welcome Sir Alan Dashwood as our new president and look forward to a new exciting year under his presidency.


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 2013. 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.

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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