The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

XXV Congress of the International Federation
for European Law (FIDE)
in 2012 Tallinn, Estonia

The Estonian Association for European Law and the Estonian Lawyers Association are pleased to invite you to the XXV Congress of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE, Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen) which will take place in Tallinn from 30 May to 2 June, 2012.

FIDE was established in 1961 and is committed to the research and development of European Union law and EU institutions. FIDE unites EU law scholars and practitioners from European Union member states and candidate countries. The Estonian Association for European Law (FIDE Estonia) has been a member of FIDE since 2004.

Estonia has the great honour of being the first Central and Eastern European country to organise the international FIDE Congress. Tallinn is an ideal location for the Congress, as delegates will have the opportunity to explore its medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was once a major centre of the Hanseatic League. Tallinn's rich architectural heritage reflects Estonia's history from medieval to modern times, and the rapid economic progress during the years of independence.

The Congress will be a prominent event for the European legal community as current topics of interest in European law will be discussed in various working groups over three days. The Congress will provide a great opportunity for FIDE member countries and participants to contribute to shaping the European legal space. The national and general reports on the main topics of the Congress will be published as the Congress Proceedings.

The main topics of the XXV FIDE Congress are:

1. Protection of Fundamental Rights Post-Lisbon: The Interaction between the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and National Constitutions.

General Rapporteur: Leonard Besselink, Professor of European Constitutional Law at the University of Utrecht.

2. The Interface between EU Energy, Environmental and Competition Law.

General Rapporteur: Prof. Peter Cameron, Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.

3. Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Including Information Society Issues.

General Rapporteur: Valsamis Mitsilegas, Professor of European Criminal Law at Queen Mary, University of London

To ensure the success of this distinguished Congress, we are proud to be working in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Justice, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Audit Office of Estonia, the Supreme Court of Estonia, the University of Tartu, the Tallinn University of Technology, the European Parliament Information Office in Estonia, the European Court of Justice, the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia, the Estonian Bar Association and the Tallinn City Government.

You can register as a conference participant here,
and access more information on the Congress website

We hope you will join us in Tallinn for the XXV FIDE Congress.


Dr. iur. Julia Laffranque
President, Estonian Association for European Law,
President of FIDE 2011-2012,
Judge at the European Court of Human Rights,
Associate Professor of European Law, University of Tartu

Dr. iur. Priidu Pärna
President, Estonian Lawyers Association