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:

2022 Annual lecture

Professor Roberto Caranta, University of Turin, Italy, The EU: between market and sustainability 

2021 Annual lecture

Professor Wolfgang Weiss, Speyer, Germany, The EU-UK TCA: Also as stubborn as the Northern Ireland Protocol?

2020 Annual lecture

Elaine Fahey, Professor of Law, Jean Monnet Chair in Law and Transatlantic Relations, City Law School, City, University of London, Transatlantic Data Flows and Digital Trade Post-Brexit: Trade-Offs, Triangles and Trysts

2019 Annual lecture

Professor Mary E Footer, Professor of International Economic Law, University of Nottingham School of Law, The Retreat from Multilateralism and the Challenges of Global Economic Governance from an EU Perspective

2018 Annual lecture

Ian Forrester QC, Judge at the General Court of the European Union, Will there be life after Brexit? European law in the UK after March 2019

2017 Annual lecture

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

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

2015 Annual lecture

Malcolm Harbour CBE, The EU Law Making Process - Engineering a Better Solution

2014 Annual lecture

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

2013 Annual lecture

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

2012 Annual lecture

Professor Alan Dashwood (University of Cambridge), Judicial Activism and Conferred Powers - Is the CJEU falling into bad habits?

2011 Annual lecture

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 eight 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 were 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.