One focus of the work of the AECLJ is the organisation of an annual conference to address issues which are of concern to judges and to share experiences and to discuss concerns. The conference also provides an opportunity for judges who may have little or no experience in the application of European competition law (but who are called upon to decide competition cases) to meet and learn from others who are specialists in the field.
During the year, the AECLJ facilitates contacts between the judiciary and the Commission and projects both for the education of judges and the development of hard and soft law as well as other guidance. The website is used to inform judges of courses co-funded by the European Commission.
The AECLJ has usually held its main meetings annually: in Luxembourg (2002, 2003 & 2013), Paris (2004 & 2018), London (2005 & 2022), Berlin (2006), Rotterdam and the Hague (2007), Malta (2008), Rome (2009), Athens (2010), Dublin (2011), Helsinki (2012), Bucharest (2014), Uppsala (2015), Madrid (2016), Vienna (2017), Copenhagen (2019) and, in 2020, we had expected to meet in Vilnius; COVID-19 meant that we moved to virtual meetings, holding two for judges and one with DG Comp in 2021; we held a hybrid meeting in September 2022 and we plan to resume annual meetings in June from 2023 onwards.