International conference: XXV FIDE Congress

Place: Swissôtel Tallinn
Time: 30 May 2012 – 2 Jun 2012
Working language: English, French and German

FIDE's preeminent event is the biennial FIDE Congress that has become one of the most significant and reputable conferences of EU law academics and practitioners. In 2012, the XXV FIDE Congress was held in Tallinn, Estonia.

The 2012 FIDE Congress was organised in co-operation with key Estonian state institutions, partners and universities, including the Estonian Ministry of Justice, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme Court of Estonia, the Estonian Bar Association, as well the with some representative offices of the European Parliament and European Commission in Estonia and Court of Justice of the European Union. Law firm SORAINEN was also one of the contributors for event's success.

Traditionally, FIDE congresses are held over three days and address three parallel topics, of which one is in the field of competition law. For each topic, a questionnaire is prepared by the General Rapporteur and is distributed well in advance of the congress. Based on the questionnaires, national reports are prepared by FIDE member countries. These reports are subsequently published as a collection, along with the general reports prepared by the General Rapporteurs, and the institutional reports prepared by representatives of the EU institutions.

Following a short introduction by the General Rapporteur, issues raised in these reports are discussed in three parallel working groups that take place during the first two days of the congress. Thus, instead of traditional speeches, the floor is open to all participants to offer brief comments. The submission of a national report and subsequent analysis at the congress is one of the best ways for a FIDE member to contribute to the shaping of European law.

On the last day of the congress, speeches of a more traditional nature are given by distinguished scholars and practitioners on topical issues in EU law.

This high-level congress attracts some 500 participants from Europe and beyond.
Politicians, judges, academics and lawyers of the highest level are involved in the host country, and distinguished delegates include judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union and officials of EU institutions. It has also become a tradition for the President of the European Court of Justice to deliver a keynote speech on current issues in European law and the case-law of the Court.

Read detailed conference agenda and register to the XXV FIDE Congress.

FIDE (Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen) – the International Federation for European Law – focuses on research and analysis of European Union law and EU institutions, and their interaction with the legal systems of the member states. FIDE unites the national associations for European law of EU member states and candidate countries, as well as Norway and Switzerland. It provides legal scholars and practitioners with a common forum to address current issues of interest in European law and in the interaction between EU and national law.

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