Past events


Feel free to browse our past events and download presentations and lecture texts.  We are grateful to the speakers for allowing public access to these documents. However, please note it is not permitted to reproduce the lectures and presentations without the author's expressed agreement.



The Unified Patent Court and the UK. A Glimmer of Hope for a Softish Brexit?

The River Room, King's College London, Strand Campus
CPD accredited with 1.5 points


Dr Christopher Stothers – What is the UPC?
Christopher is a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and an experienced litigator on strategic, cross-border patent disputes (including opposition work before the European Patent Office). He is also a Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property and Competition Law at University College London.
 “The proposed Unified Patent Court (UPC) is an international patent court which will include UK judges. It will hear pan-European patent disputes which at present are typically heard country-by-country (under the Brussels Regulation). Under the UPC Agreement, the UPC must respect European Union law and cooperate with the CJEU by relying on its case law and making references. However, the CJEU previously considered a proposed European and Community Patents Court, which also allowed references to the CJEU, and found it in breach of EU law, apparently in part because it included non-Member States of the EU. Can the UK participate in a UPC which relies on and refers to the CJEU? Can the EU participate in a UPC which the UK participates in?

Dr Luke McDonagh - What is the substantive role of the ECJ in the UPC?

Luke is a Lecturer in The City Law School at City, University of London, where he undertakes research primarily in the area of Intellectual Property Law. Before taking up this position in September 2015 he was a Lecturer in the Law School at Cardiff University from 2013-2015 and before that he was LSE Fellow in the Law Department at the London School of Economics. During 2014-15 he was a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University Law School, Tokyo, Japan.
 “While the European Patent Convention remains outside of EU law even within the Unified Patent Court (UPC) system, the fact remains that there are several pieces of patent-related EU legislation, including the Biotech Directive, and regulations covering Supplementary Protection Certificates. For this reason there are several important questions - concerning the nature of patentable biotechnological inventions and the extension of patent protection for pharmaceutical inventions - that may require the UPC to request rulings of the CJEU.”

Prof Duncan Matthews - How can we make it work post-Brexit?

Duncan is Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. He has acted as an advisor to the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Patent Office, the UK Government and the United Nations.
 “Three key questions arise in relation to the participation of the UK in the UPC post-Brexit. What arrangements could be put in place so that the UK could participate in the UPC post-Brexit? How might the Regulation on the European Patent with Unitary Effect apply to the UK post-Brexit? What would happen should the UK decide to leave the UPC after ratification?”
The presentations were summed up by Sir Alan Dashwood QC and followed by a discussion before the 40 attendees were invited to join the speakers for a glass of wine.




Edmond J Safra Theatre, King's College London

Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the University of Liverpool, gave the Annual Address to an audience of 120 people, followed by a very lively Q&A session and a drinks reception

Brexit Means What?

In the Chair: Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC

Michael Dougan is Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool.  He specialises in EU Law, particularly EU constitutional and institutional law, legal relations between the EU and its Member States, the law of the Single Market, and free movement of persons / EU welfare law. Michael also contributes to wider public and political debates about European law: for example, providing advice to UK government departments, parliamentary committees and EU institutions.  Michael is Joint Editor of Common Market Law Review.  He was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in 2006. 

For those of you who missed the UKAEL Annual Lecture by Professor Michael Dougan
“Brexit Means What? The UK Outwith the EU and the EU Without the UK"
see here for the full text


UKAEL Seminar

The EU Reform Package and the Referendum Debate – Burning Questions

The River Room, King's College London, Strand Campus, Strand, 
London WC2R 2LS

Accredited with 1.5 CPD points

Lord Hannay of Chiswick GCMG CH
Former UK Permanent Representative to the EU, presently a Cross-Bencher in the House of Lords

Sovereignty; the legislative burden of voting for Brexit; Brexit and internal security; Article 50 and the forlorn hope of a re-re-negotiation.
Professor Sir Alan Dashwood KCMG CBE QC
Henderson Chambers, City University London, President of the UK Association for European Law
"Is the reform package legally binding and irreversible?”
The legal nature and effect of the Decision of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States on the EU Reform Package, and the legal arrangements for implementing its various elements.
Professor Derrick Wyatt QC
Brick Court Chambers, Emeritus Professor of Law at Oxford, Fellow of St Edmund Hall
“Does the British Constitution need statutory protection from the excesses of the CJEU?”
The UK Supreme Court has flagged up the possibility that judgments of the CJEU which lack a credible legal basis or infringe fundamental principles of the British Constitution might be inapplicable under the European Communities Act. The Prime Minister has indicated that steps might need to be taken to prevent such judgments undermining the British Constitution and UK sovereignty. Are any such steps necessary or feasible?
Chair: Professor Philippa Watson
Essex Court Chambers
The presentations were followed by discussion and debate and summed up with concluding remarks before the 50 attendees joined the speakers for a glass of wine.

EU Law in Practice - An audience with EU Law Professionals

Venue:  Linklaters LLP, 1 Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ 

The UK Association for European Law invited students, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers to an evening of short talks on practising EU Law. The event was graciously hosted by Linklaters LLP. It was an informal occasion to meet EU Law professionals and fellow EU Law students. The presentations addressed the practice of EU Law in different sectors of the professional world. Speakers covered typical work scenarios and career patterns of their work, and answered numerous questions. The meeting was attended by about 80 people and was followed by a lively reception.

EU Law at/in

The Bar (Michael Bowsher QC, Monckton Chambers)
The Government (Daniel Denman, Director of the Cabinet Office European Law Division in the Treasury Solicitor's Department)
Academia (Professor Andrea Biondi, King's College London)
The EU Institutions (Jacqueline Minor, Head of European Commission Representation in London) 

Professor Philippa Watson, Essex Court Chambers, was in the Chair


Venue: Edmond J Safra Theatre, King's College London

Paul Craig, Professor  of English Law, University of Oxford, gave the Annual Address to an audience of 150 people, followed by a lively Q&A session and a drinks reception

Brexit: Process, Substance and Consequence

In the Chair: Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC

Paul Craig is Professor of English law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St John's College. He specialises in Constitutional law, Administrative law and EU Law. He was educated at Worcester College, Oxford, where he took his BA, MA and BCL. He was a Fellow of Worcester College from 1976-1998, when he moved to St John's College to take the Chair of English Law. He has written widely on Constitutional law, Administrative law and EU law. His most recent book is the outcome of the Hamlyn lectures, and is entitled UK, EU and Global Administrative Law, Foundations and Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is also the UK alternate member on the Venice Commission.

For those of you who missed the Annual Lecture on Brexit by Professor Paul Craig, see here for the full text
08/10/15 The sixth biennial joint UKAEL- ISEL event took place in Dublin on 8th October 2015.  BREXIT - Legal Implications for Ireland of Britain's Potential Withdrawal

Opinion 2/13 on accession by the European Union to the ECHR
Is it convincing? Is there a way forward? Are there wider constitutional implications?

UKAEL Seminar, 23 April 2015, 18.30 – 20.00
River Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London

CPD accredited with 1.5 points


Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC, Henderson Chambers, City University London, King’s College London

A critical overview of Opinion 2/13
The grounds on which the envisaged Agreement was found to be incompatible with the Treaties will be considered in turn, and their persuasiveness (or otherwise) assessed. Is it harsh to regard some of the objections raised in the Opinion as trivial? Was the Court simply looking for reasons to say "No"?

Dr Tobias Lock, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh

Accession after Opinion 2/13? The way forward
The Court has erected a number of hurdles for future accession negotiations in Opinion 2/13. It will be explored what these hurdles are, if and how they can be overcome, and how far accession is still desirable in light of them.

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Additional Research Paper

Professor Michael Dougan, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool

The EU legal order as articulated by the Court of Justice in Opinion 2/13
In Opinion 2/13, the Court of Justice sets out its understanding of the fundamental principles of the EU legal order in a clear and systematic manner which is actually quite rare in the caselaw. This presentation will consider the “world view” of the EU legal system presented by the Court and assess its constitutional significance.

Professor Philippa Watson, Essex Court Chambers, in the Chair


EU Law in Practice - An audience with EU Law Professionals

The UK Association for European Law invited students, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers to an evening of short talks on practising EU Law. This was, as always, an informal and very friendly occasion to meet EU Law professionals and fellow EU Law students. The short presentations introduced different sectors of EU Law in the professional world. Speakers covered typical work scenarios and career patterns of their work, and answered numerous questions during the lively drinks reception that followed.

We express our thanks to Linklaters LLP who hosted the event on their prestigious premises in the City of London.

18.00 - 20.00 4 February 2015
Linklaters LLP
1 Silk Street
London EC2Y 8HQ

EU Law at

The Bar (Jane Russell, Essex Court Chambers)
The International law firm (Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, Chairman, Linklaters Global Competition Practice)
The Government (Daniel Denman, Director of the Cabinet Office European Law Division in the Treasury Solicitor's Department)
Academia (Dr Oana Stefan, King's College London)

Professor Philippa Watson was the chair.

Annual Lecture 2014

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6 pm, Great Hall, Strand Campus, King's College London
Monday 1 December 2014

The 40th Anniversary Annual Lecture ‘The tangled tale of Britain's block opt-out from the EU's Justice and Home Affairs Legislation (Protocol 36 of the Lisbon Treaty)’ was delivered by Lord Hannay of Chiswick.

In the chair: Professor Sir Alan Dashwood KCMG CBE QC
President of the UK Association for European Law

A career diplomat, Lord Hannay joined the UK Diplomatic Service in 1959. From 1970 to 1973 Lord Hannay was a member of the UK Negotiating Team for Britain’s accession. 1973 to 1977 he was Chef de Cabinet to Sir Christopher Soames, Vice President of the European Commission. Lord Hannay served at the UK Embassy in Washington DC (1984 -1985) before becoming Permanent Representative to the European Economic Community (1985 - 90). From 1990 until 1995 he was UK Ambassador to the United Nations.

Between 1996 and 2003, Lord Hannay was UK Special Representative for Cyprus and, in 2004, served on the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. In 2001 he was created a life peer and in 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour. He co-chairs the parliamentary group on global security and non-proliferation and is also a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

From 2003-2008 and 2010-2014 Lord Hannay was a Member of the EU Select Committee, House of Lords, and from 2010 – 2014 also Chair of the Sub-Committee on Home Affairs. Since 2014 he is a Member of the Select Committee on the Arctic.

CPD accredited by the BSB and SRA with 1 CPD point.

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Practitioner Seminar

'Untying the knot with Europe: The legal implications of UK withdrawal from the EU'

Martin Howe QC presentation

Rhodri Thompson QC paper

Tuesday 28 October 2014
18.00 - 19.30 followed by drinks
The Council Room, King's College London, Strand Campus, Strand, WC2R 2LS

accreddited with 1.5 CPD points by the BSB and SRA

Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC, Henderson Chambers
Martin Howe QC, 8 New Square
Rhodri Thompson QC, Matrix Chambers

In the chair Professor Philippa Watson, Essex Court Chambers

The seminar consisted of presentations by Alan Dashwood QC and Martin Howe QC, with additional comments from Rhodri Thompson QC. The presentations were followed by discussion and debate and summed up with concluding remarks before attendees were invited to join the speakers for a glass of wine.

Sir Alan Dashwood QC: The process of withdrawal from the EU would be legally complex and probably lengthy. Among the issues to be addressed would be: disengagement from EU institutions and agencies, including the position of UK personnel; vested EU rights of individuals and companies; a review of UK legislation with an EU provenance; and settling the UK's future relationship with the EU and the rest of the world. Will the game be worth the candle?

Martin Howe QC: Withdrawal mechanics under TEU Article 50; consequences and adjustments to UK domestic law; negotiation of international trade relations with EFTA, non-EU States and with the EU itself; and replacement of existing EU mechanisms with accession to existing multilateral treaties or with bilateral agreements.

18/03/14 An introduction to our National Rapporteurs and their FIDE reports

The UKAEL in conjunction with the University College London is organising the following evening seminar:

EMU Governance, EU Citizenship and Public Procurement
Introduction and discussion of the UK FIDE reports 2014

Tuesday 18th March 2014, University College London, Bentham House
London WC1H 0EG
To view the reports please go to the FIDE Page

Part I (5.30pm-6.30pm)

Presentation Union Citizenship: Development, Impact and Challenges
UK Rapporteurs: Dr Thomas Horsley, University of Liverpool; Stephanie Reynolds, University of Liverpool

Presentation Public Procurement Law: Limitations, Opportunities and Paradoxes
UK Rapporteur: Brian Doherty, Northern Ireland Executive

Part II (6.45pm-8.00pm)

Panel discussion on Britain & the Eurozone (FIDE topic: The Economic and Monetary Union)
UK Rapporteurs: Professor Piet Eeckhout, UCL Laws; Dr Michael Waibel, University of Cambridge

Chaired by Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC (Henderson Chambers, City University, King's College London and UKAEL President)

The event is free and accredited with 2 CPD points for the SRA and for BSB.


EU Law in Practice Student evening at Hogan Lovells International

The UK Association for European Law invited students, trainee solicitors and pupil barristers to an evening of short talks on practising EU Law. This was as always an informal and very friendly occasion to meet EU Law professionals and fellow EU Law students. Approximately 70 students attended the evening. The presentations were greatly appreciated, as were the drinks afterwards. The speakers found time to stay and answer individual queries at the reception.

We express our thanks to Hogan Lovells International who hosted the event. We also thank the speakers for taking out time to meet the students.


The Bar - David Anderson QC, Brickcourt Chambers (Barrister and Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation)

The International Law firm - Charles Brasted, Hogan Lovells (Partner)

The Government - Daniel Denman, Cabinet Office European Law Division (Director)

Academia and Chair - Professor Andrea Biondi, King's College London (Director Centre of European Law)

EU Institution - Lorna Armati, Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels



Annual Lecture

Sir Nigel Sheinwald gave the 2013 Annual Address for the UK Association for European Law.

'Britain and Europe: a new stage in an old debate'

Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King's College London
1 CPD point by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board

In the chair: Professor Sir Francis Jacobs QC, president of the UKAEL

In 2012 Sir Nigel Sheinwald retired as UK Ambassador to Washington after a 35-year career in the British Diplomatic Service. Nigel Sheinwald was Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 2003-7 and in 2000-2003 he held the office of UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. He sits on the advisory boards of the Centre for European Reform, Business for New Europe and Centre for British Influence in Europe, and is a Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

In the UKAEL’s Annual Address ‘Britain and Europe: a new stage in an old debate’ Nigel Sheinwald addressed the following
  • the reasons for our decades-long debate on Europe
  • the new factors - the euro crisis and UK political developments, including a possible referendum in 2017
  • how our European and international partners view the debate here, and the prospects for any renegotiation of the terms of British membership
  • the 21st century case for UK membership, on economic, political and foreign policy grounds

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The Association is delighted that Sir Nigel Sheinwald gave this lecture on the UK’s position in the EU. The lecture received an enthusiastic response and was followed by an extended question and answer session.
21/06/13 Current Issues in the EU: Public Procurement; The Proposed European Sales Law; Actions for Damages in Competition Law
5th biennial joint conference with the Irish Society for European Law.

Welcome by Professor Sir Francis Jacobs QC KCMG, King's College London, UKAEL President
Morning sessions chaired by The Hon Mr Justice Nial Fennelly, Supreme Court of Ireland, ISEL President
Public Procurement: Remedies in the United Kingdom and Ireland
Dr Catherine Donnelly, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers and Law Library, Dublin and Associate Professor and Fellow, Trinity College Dublin
Public Procurement: The Proposed Reform of the EU Public Procurement Rules
Michael Bowsher QC, Monckton Chambers
Afternoon sessions chaired by Professor Philippa Watson, Essex Court Chambers and Hon Secretary of the UKAEL

European Sales Law: The Proposed Common European Sales Law (CESL)
The Rt Hon Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen's Bench Division, High Court of Justice
Dr John Sorabji, Legal Secretary to the Master of the Rolls
Private Enforcement of Competition Rules: Reflections on Competition Enforcement in Ireland
Anthony M. Collins SC, Law Library, Dublin

Private Enforcement of the Competition Rules in the United Kingdom: A New Impetus?
The Hon Mr Justice Gerald Barling, President, Competition Appeal Tribunal
07/03/13 40 Years on - The Sovereignty Debate

1 January 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the first expansion of the EU and the accession of the United Kingdom. As the Prime Minister's recent speech has demonstrated, EU membership continues to raise unprecedented legal and constitutional issues for the United Kingdom. To mark this historic anniversary, the UKAEL and Matrix Chambers are hosting a seminar at which leading experts in the field will debate the central
issues of sovereignty and the rule of law as reflected in the relationship between the UK and EU legal systems.

Professor Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG QC
, King's College London, UKAEL
Sir Konrad Schiemann, former UK Judge at the ECJ
Rhodri Thompson QC, Matrix Chambers
Professor Takis Tridimas, Queen Mary University of London, Matrix Chambers
Jessica Simor, Matrix Chambers

8.30- 11.00 am, breakfast 8.30 - 9.00
RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

free of charge, 2 CPD points

This seminar is generously supported by Matrix Chambers.

Sir Konrad Schiemann paper

supporting seminar papers

EU Criminal Law - Current Issues

One day UKAEL conference in the Signet Library, Edinburgh, Scotland
jointly organised with the Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary, University of London

CPD accredited by the Faculty of Advocates (4.5 hours), the Bar Standards Board (5 CPD hours)  and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. This conference may be worth 3.5hrs under The Law Society of Scotland Regulations

MORNING CHAIRED by Philippa Watson, Essex Court Chambers

10.00 Welcome by UKAEL president Professor Sir Francis Jacobs KMCG PC QC, King's College London

10.10 The European Public Prosecutor, The Rt Hon Frank Mulholland QC, Lord Advocate

11.30 Developments in the exchange and admissibility of evidence in Criminal Cases in the EU, Mr Mark Mackarel, University of Dundee, download Presentation Slides

12.15 A leap in the dark? The consequences of opt-out from EU criminal justice, Murdo MacLeod QC, Compass Chambers, Edinburgh, Delegate to the CCBE Criminal Law Committee, download Presentation slides

AFTERNOON CHAIRED by Professor Sir David Edward KCMG PC QC, University of Edinburgh

14.15 The European Law Institute: Launch in the United Kingdom, UKAEL president Professor Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG, King's College London 

14.30 How “fundamental” is the Charter right against double jeopardy? Patrick Layden QC TD, Scottish Law Commission, download Presentation Slides

15.15 The European Arrest Warrant After NS and Assange, Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of the Department of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London. Download Article.
 Moderator Bill Gilmore, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh


29/11/12 EU Law in Practice

This year's student information evening was hosted by International Law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The UKAEL welcomed 80 law students to the stunning offices in Fleet Street.

The programme consisted of short perspectives from the Bar -  David Anderson QC, Brickcourt Chambers; from an International Law firm - William Robinson (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP); from the Government - Daniel Denman (Cabinet Office European Law Division); from Academia - Professor Andrea Biondi (King's College London); from the European Institutions - Nicholas Khan, Legal Service European Commission

Chaired by Professor Philippa Watson, Essex Court Chambers, Honorary Secretary of the UKAEL

12/11/12 UKAEL Annual Lecture by The Rt. Hon Lady Justice Mary Arden entitled
Proportionality: the way ahead?

18.30 - 19.30
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre
Strand Campus, King's College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Accredited with 1 CPD point by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

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Competition Law and Fundamental Rights
Evening seminar 20 June 2012

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
65 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1HS

Accredited with 1.5 CPD points

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Download Tim Ward QC presentation

Download Aiden O'Neill QC paper

Download Martin Klusmann presentation

Chaired by Professor Richard Whish, King's College London

EU law and fundamental rights - current status (background and update), Aiden O'Neill QC, Matrix Chambers

Remedies for fundamental rights breaches in the EU and competition cases, Tim Ward QC, Monckton Chambers

Fundamental rights arguments in competition cases, Dr Martin Klusmann, Freshfields, Dusseldorf

Organised by William Robinson (Freshfields, London) and Professor Andrea Biondi (King's College London)



FIDE Reports

The UKAEL held an evening seminar to introduce the UK rapporteurs and their reports for the biennial FIDE CONGRESS to be held in Tallinn on 30 May to 2 June 2012. This evening was jointly organised with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies,
Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR

CPD accredited with 2 points, free of charge

The meeting was chaired by Professor Philippa Watson, Hon Secretary of the UKAEL.

General FIDE Rapporteur for Topic 3, Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas of Queen Mary, University of London, was a contributor at the meeting.

Topics/speakers and reports


Challenging Contract Award Decisions: Recent Developments in Public Procurement Law

Topics covered include:

Recent cases on interim remedies against contract award decisions
The developing law on applications to lift the automatic stay
The Commission’s draft proposal for a Directive on service concessions (COM(2011) 897 final)
The implications of extending the Remedies Directive to awards of service concessions

Both the law on remedies and the prospect of legislation bringing awards of service concessions within the EU public procurement law scheme give rise to many difficult legal issues.  This seminar provided an opportunity to review these in light of the present state of EU law.

Please note it is not permitted to reproduce the lecture text without the author's agreement.
Philip Moser, Monckton Chambers, download presentation
Denis Edwards, Francis Taylor Building, download presentation

In the chair Professor Philippa Watson, Essex Court Chambers, Hon Secretary of the UKAEL

25 January 2012, 18.00 - 20.00
River Room, King's College London
Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS

2 points CPD accreditation


Reflections on the role of European Union law through the financial and economic crisis
ISEL/UKAEL joint biennal conference on 18 November in Dublin, accreditated with 6 CPD points by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
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Programme | Conference papers

10/11/11 EU Law in Practice
Student information evening, sponsored and held on the premises of International law firm Slaughter and May.

90 students enjoyed an evening of short talks by our hosts and UKAEL committee members on pracitising EU Law. This is always an excellent opportunity to meet the professionals and peers inside the walls of an International law firm. Talks are given by a solicitor, a barrister, a government lawyer, as well as UKAEL officers with professional experience in the European Institutions. Special thanks to Philippe Chappatte of Slaughter and May and all who helped with this event for the UKAEL.

At this year's evening the FIDE essay prize competition was launched.

19/10/11 The Composition of the European Court of Justice
Annual Lecture by Lord Mance, Justice of the Supreme Court

In the chair Professor Sir Francis Jacobs QC, President of the UKAEL

18.30 on Wednesday 19 October 2011
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus,
King's College London WC2R 2LS

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Lecture text
22/09/11 EU Law and the Land

22 September 2011, 10.00 - 16.30  Swalec Stadium, Cardiff

UKAEL conference in association with the Welsh Government, organisation by UKAEL committee member Elisabeth Jones.

UKAEL's first conference in Wales with sessions on agricultural and environmental law and EU Law. With expert speakers from the Bar, academia, the Welsh government and the European Commission. An excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, this was a lively event that was much enjoyed by all participants. The event was chaired by Clive Lewis QC, First Counsel of the Welsh Government and Graham Waters of Civitas Law. 

Conference programme   |   Robert McCracken QC paper  |  Gwion Lewis paper  |  Gwion Lewis slides  |  Dr Brian Jack slides  |  Elisabeth Jones/Prys Davies slides

24/06/11 Fundamental Rights within the EU: Fundamental Problems?

24 June 2011 10.00 - 16.30, Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London

The UKAEL returned to this charming venue in the heart of London for a one-day meeting on Fundamental Rights. The conference secured a senior and full audience, attracted by speakers who are known experts in their field. This conference received excellent feedback from the delegates. Chaired and organised by UKAEL Hon Secretary Professor Philippa Watson.

Conference Programme and Papers
13/05/11 UKAEL / School of Law at the University of Glasgow
Joint Workshop
Friday 13th May 2011
EU criminal law and the UK: Where do rights come in?

This one day workshop brought together a range of academics and practitioners to explore where and how rights fit into the application of EU criminal law in the UK. In addition to offering a useful account of the post Lisbon landscape this workshop will offer practical perspectives on the application of the European Arrest Warrant and an account of how rights in the criminal law field are being developed at both EU and ECHR levels.
Organiser and UKAEL member Maria Fletcher writes: This was a fascinating day with a great range of expertise represented in both the paper-givers and the audience. The challenges posed by the development of EU criminal law to the criminal justice systems of the both legal system in the UK were brought into sharp focus, as indeed were those posed by the instrument of the European Arrest Warrant in particular. What did become clear was that there are a range perspectives on if and how the EU can better protect rights within the context of EU criminal justice. A call for more focussed training of judges and lawyers on EU criminal law matters was echoed several times throughout the day.

Programme | Patrick Layden QC contribution | The Hon Mr Justice McCloskey contribution

05/04/11 Gender Equality, The Charter of Fundamental Rights & Insurance Premiums and Benefits:
Case C-236/09 TEST ACHATS

On 1 March the ECJ decided in case C-236/09, Association belge des Consommateurs Test-Achats ASBL and Others v Conseil des Ministres, that taking the gender of the insured individual into account when determining insurance premiums and benefits was, in principle, discriminatory and contrary to EU law. It declared the relevant derogation in Directive 2004/13 to be invalid and relied, in part, on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, in reaching that conclusion.

The UKAEL held an evening seminar to discuss the implications of the case, including the development of the principle of equality, particularly in the insurance industry, the role of the Charter, and the role of the ECJ.

Chaired by Professor Philippa Watson, Essex Court Chambers
Speakers: Daniel Beard QC, Monckton Chambers, who acted for the UK in the case
Charles Raikes, Legal Adviser at the Government Equalities Office
Event details
25/11/10 Annual Address
The UKAEL is delighted that its Annual Address was delivered by The Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington. Lady Justice Arden was in the Chair. UKAEL committee member Katrine Sawyer comments

“The Minister for Europe, David Lidington MP endeared himself to the audience by remembering Lord Denning’s 1974 observation that European law was like an incoming tide. He told us that, like King Cnut, this government would hold back that tide by introducing a “referendum lock”: any proposal to extend the EU’s power or competence beyond that which had already been transferred would be subject to approval by the UK electorate. Mr Lidington avoided commenting on the current crisis in the Eurozone, but responded fully to the audience’s questions. He clarified, for example, that any accession to the EU would not be subject to a referendum in the UK. One member of the audience considered Mr Lidington’s emphasis of parliamentary sovereignty and recourse to referenda as ‘stuck in the 19th Century’. Mr Lidington disagreed; and invited the questioner to get out on the campaign trail, if he wished to win others round to his views. Concluding, on behalf of the association, Lady Justice Arden observed, that Mr Lidington’s EU Bill promised to be another foundation stone in a written constitution for the UK.”

Event details   Download the Minister's speech   Photos
10/11/10 EU Law in Practice
An informative and informal evening for students of EU Law to meet practitioners. This evening was generously hosted by Allen & Overy LLP. See the event details for further information.
18/6/10 One day conference: Remedies for Breach of EU Law Revisited
18 June 2010 at King's College London

In June 1995 the UKAEL in association with the Institute of European Law at the University of Birmingham organised a conference entitled ‘Remedies for Breach of EC Law before National Courts’. Contributions were later published in a book entitled Remedies for Breach of EC Law.

With this conference, both the UK Association for European Law and the Centre of European Law would like to express their appreciation for their respective former president, The Rt Hon The Lord Slynn of Hadley, who chaired the original conference.

The conference was a resounding success which was not surprising as the programme featured an array of most distinguished speakers, commentators and chairs.
This conference was organised with the Centre of European at King's College London.

Anthony Arnull Paper | Adrian Zuckermann Paper | Paul Farmer Presentation | Judge Deeny Paper  | Judge Fennelly Paper | Simon Whittaker Paper | Nicholas Khan Paper

14/6/10 Preparing for FIDE XXIV: The UK reports
The UK rapporteurs presented their reports to a small group of interested jurists. This event was very generously hosted by Matrix Chambers. For the more details on the reports please see here.

One day conference: EU Law and Devolution: The Relationship between Devolved Jurisdictions and the European Union

23 April 2010 - conference in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament Buildings, Edinburgh, with the kind permission of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and with the generous support of the European Commission Office in Scotland.
Within days of its announcement this conference, which was free for all, was snapped up by UKAEL members and local lawyers so that a waiting list had to be operated. Despite the disruption in air traffic the event went ahead with some amendments to the programme. Feedback has been very positive and shown great interest in the issues discussed.

Elisabeth Jones Paper|Brian Doherty Handout|Bill Aitken Paper|Lord Hope of Craighead Paper|Paul Cackette Paper|

16/12/09 Evening seminar: Lisbon: A Treaty for the 21st Century?
On 16 December 2009 the UK Association for European Law organised an evening seminar on the newly ratified Lisbon Treaty. The event attracted a large number of UKAEL members and students and packed the Edmond J Safra lecture theatre - despite wintry weather conditions.

The seminar which was led by Paul Berman from the Treasurer Solicitors Department and Cabinet Office, proved to be of great interest for those attending. With contributions from Professors Eeckhout and Tridimas and UKAEL president Sir Francis Jacobs QC the evening lasted nearly three hours without a break, a credit to the speakers and their audience.
The successful seminar was rounded off with a drinks reception, a chance to catch up and meet someone new.

Presentations and event details
12/11/09 EC Law in Practice
An informative and informal evening for students of EU Law to meet practitioners. This evening was generously hosted by CMS Cameron McKenna LLP. See the event details for more details.
19/10/09 AGM and Annual Address by Advocate General Miguel P Maduro 
Photos of the Annual Dinner and event details
08/10/09 Climate Change Seminar with UKELA: Can the EU legal system deliver the international agenda on climate change?
Presentations and event details


One day conference with ISEL: Current Issues in EU Public Procurement and State Aid

The conference sessions covered Remedies and Case-studies on Public Procurement issues, as well as hot topics in State Aid law, such as the EC Commission’s response to the banking crisis, and recent judgments of the Luxembourg courts in the Ryanair and BUPA cases.

A full and lively audience drawn from the UK and Ireland enjoyed a day in the tranquil setting of the Goodenough College in London’s Bloomsbury.

This was a unique opportunity to stay abreast of crucial recent developments and get practical advice from those with considerable experience of implementing, advising on and adjudicating in Ireland, the United Kingdom and beyond the islands.

The conference was rounded off with a dinner in the splendid Parliament Chamber at Middle Temple.

At the conference David Vaughan CBE QC paid tribute to former UKAEL president Lord Slynn of Hadley.

Read the Tribute or view the programme, presentations & papers


13/11/08 EC Law in Practice
30/10/08 AGM and Annual Address by Judge Nicholas Forwood
04/07/08 Competition and private enforcement: the next steps
22/02/08 Damages conference
23/11/07 The Enforcement of National EC Competition Law in the Member States
01/11/07 UKAEL Annual Address "Mission Creep in the European Union"
17/10/07 EC Law in Practice
28/04/07 The Direction of Free Movement: Developments in Services, Establishment & Capital
30/11/06 Annual General Meeting, Annual Address & UKAEL Dinner
12/10/06 EC Law in Practice
30/06/06 Conference in Honour of Sir Francis Jacobs
28/10/05 EU Litigation Conference
01/07/05 Reconcling Trade and Global Security
26/11/04 The Treaty Establishing a Consitutution for Europe, The Court and Individual Rights
04/11/04 2004 UKAEL Annual Address: Human Rights and the Draft Constitution
23/01/04 Modernisation of EC Competition Law: Uncertainties and Opportunities
03/05/01 The Treaty of Nice
30/09/00 The British Contribution to Community Law
19/06/98 Conference: Legal Issues of the Amsterdam Treaty
30/10/97 Annual Address: The Court of First Instance: 8 years on
16/11/95 Annual Address: The Judicial System of the European Community in the Present Stage of the European Union


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