IEL conferences, lectures and events

The IEL has a long tradition of organising and hosting important events.  Take a look at our forthcoming events, and below you can read about what we've done so far.

Photo of participants at the IEL 2014 conference on Reforming the EU

The conferences and seminars organized under the auspices of the Institute have resulted in important publications. Particularly noteworthy are Lonbay and Biondi (eds), Remedies for Breach of EC Law (Wiley, 1997); Ellis, The Principle of Proportionality in the Laws of Europe (Hart, 1999); Goldberg and Lonbay (eds), Pharmaceutical Medicine, Biotechnology and European Law (Cambridge, 2000); Arnull and Wincott (eds), Accountability and Legitimacy in the European Union (OUP, 2002); Rubini, Microsoft on Trial (Elgar, 2010); and Trybus and Rubini (eds), The Treaty of Lisbon and the Future of European Law and Policy (Elgar, 2012).

Annual lectures

In 2001, the IEL launched a series of annual lectures so as to enable students and members of the local academic and legal communities to hear, first-hand, the views of distinguished figures involved in European affairs on a topic of European law. Recent lectures have included:

2017 Annual lecture

6 February 2017: Eleanor Sharpston QC,  Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Of the State of the (European) Union and of Trade Deal

2016 Annual lecture

18 January 2016: Jacqueline Minor, Head of the Representation of European Commission in the United Kingdom, Britain's Place in Europe

2015 Annual lecture

23 February 2015: Malcolm Harbour CBE, The EU Law Making Process - Engineering a Better Solution

2014 Annual lecture

26 June 2014: Professor Patrick Birkinshaw (University of Hull), What have the Europeans done for us?

2013 Annual lecture

25 November 2013: Profess Panos Koutrakos (City Law School), The European Union in the World: the limits of law and the constraints of politics

2012 Annual lecture

27 June 2012, 2pm: Professor Alan Dashwood (University of Cambridge), Judicial Activism and Conferred Powers - Is the CJEU falling into bad habits?

2011 Annual lecture

29 November 2010: Professor Stephen Weatherill (Somerville College, University of Oxford), The EU's Porous Trade Law


In 2008 the Institute launched a conference series on The Future of European Law and Policy with an open call for papers. The six conferences held so far were:

Each of these conferences attracted 60-90 participants from approximately 15 countries, with up to 60 papers delivered each year.

In 2014 we hosted a conference on Leaving Europe? The Legal, Political and Economic Implications of a UK Exit from the EU. The papers from this conference will be published in a special edition of European Public Law in 2016.

Moreover, in 2008 an additional conference was organised: The Microsoft Case: The IT Industry and the Future of EC Competition Law.