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ISEL is the Irish affiliate of FIDE (Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen), the International Federation for European Law. FIDE is the leading international organisation dedicated to the research and analysis of European law and its interaction with the national laws of Member States.

FIDE unites the national associations for European law of all EU member states and candidate countries, as well as those of Norway and Switzerland. Through the organisation of bi-annual conferences, 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.

The latest XXVI FIDE Congress was held in Copenhagen in spring 2014. The main topics for the Congress were as follows:

General Topic 1
The Economic and Monetary Union: Constitutional and Institutional Aspects of the Economic Governance within the EU.

General Topic 2
Union Citizenship: Development, Impact and Challenges.

General Topic 3
Public Procurement Law: Limitations, Opportunities and Paradoxes.

Saturday’s General Topic
In the Era of Legal Pluralism: The Relationship between the EU, National and International Courts, and the Interplay of the Multiple Sources of Law.

Rapporteurs appointed by the ISEL prepared and submitted reports in respect of each of these topics as they relate to the current state of law in Ireland. These reports were delivered at the Copenhagen conference.

For further information in respect of FIDE in general and the Copenhagen Congress in particular go to

Details of the next FIDE congress will be published on our website in due course as details become avaialble.