Events & Courses

AECLJ – Managing Multiple Parallel Claims and a Special General Meeting - Thursday 9th March 2023

Following the virtual meeting that was held on 19th March 2021 focused on follow on claims flowing from the European Commission’s investigation into the Trucks cartel, there was a second meeting followed by a Special General Meeting of the Association at which Mads Bundgaard Larsen - President, Maritime & Commercial Court, Copenhagen was elected as Treasurer to succeed Ingeborg Simonsson who retired following her appointment to the Presidium of the Unified Patent Court; there was an update on preparations for future events – see below,


Brussels - Promoting Connectivity to Ensure a Fair and Competitive Digital Economy - 16th Seminar for National Judges

This seminar has been postponed. The new dates will be notified soon.

The Seminar for National Judges and National Regulatory Authorities is organised by the Centre for a Digital Society on behalf of the European Commission, DG CNETC. The Seminar provides a forum for debate among national judges, regulators, European Institutions and academia. Participants will have a unique opportunity to hear from distinguished speakers about the latest developments in the field and share experiences and best practices on various aspects of electronic communications regulation. They will also gain access to learning material from the previous editions of the Seminar.

Interested judges may apply by following the link on this page:


Online 11th and 12th May 2023 State aid

EJTN EU Law Project; Enforcement of State aid rules by national courts – EJTN with DG Comp are arranging this online event for judges from Member States and, we assume, others covered by Arts 107 and 108 TFEU. It will include the role of judges in enforcing the rules, recovering illegal payments, interim relief and claims for damages , cooperation with the Commission and discussion of under-enforcement through private actions and lessons that we can learn from private enforcement of competition law. The programme is in development  and will be at The enforcement of State aid law by national courts - EJTN the closing date for applying is currently Friday 28th April 2023.


30th – 31st May 2023 – Budapest - Stepping up with the fundamentals of competition law: key developments in digital markets and regulated industries

The OECD-GVH Regional Centre for Competition are organising this seminar and the closing date for applications is 3rd April 2023. There is a note here and further details are on their website. There is funding for judges who are selected and who participate thanks to support from receive funding from the European Union in the framework of the Single Market Programme (SMP).


XXX FIDE Congress of EU Law - 31 May – 03 June 2023, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Normally this website focuses upon events that are part of the AECLJ programme or part of the judicial training co-funded through the European Commission. We have made an exception for FIDE (the International Federation for European law), established in 1961, is a unique and influential forum for bringing together highly experienced judges, lawyers and academics from all over Europe and beyond to discuss – and often shape – the European legal order. Over the past 60 years, FIDE congresses have garnered attention from highly distinguished patrons, both at EU and national level.

The holding of the biennial congress is FIDE’s most important event, which is attended by legal practitioners from all EU Member States, the UK and EFTA Member States, comprising national constitutional and supreme court judges, judges and référendaires from  the Court of Justice of the EU, experienced lawyers from the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, the European Commission, as well as many lawyers from private practice and academics.

Details can be found here: Next Congress, Congresses - FIDE, International Federation of European Law (

The focus of the 2023 edition of the congress will be the constitutional identity of the European Union, its economic model and social dimension and the three main topics are the following:

·        Topic I - Mutual Trust, Mutual Recognition and the Rule of Law

·        Topic II - The new geopolitical dimension of the EU competition and trade policies 

·        Topic III - European Social Union

The early registration fee is applicable until 31 March 2023. Follow the link to reserve your spot: FIDE 2023 Registration (

The host of the conference, the Bulgarian Association for European Law (BAEL), has prepared a memorable social programme which will enable you to discover the Bulgarian capital and exchange ideas in less formal settings.


AECLJ Annual meeting 2023

After a successful hybrid meeting in September 2022, we are now planning to return the annual meeting to 15th-17th June in 2023 in the Hague as guests of our Dutch colleagues; the topics for Friday are the implications of commitment and settlement decisions by competition authorities and confidentiality. We shall also have our annual opportunity to update each other on recent case law as well as our annual general meeting. Please address queries to 


ENTraNCE for Judges 2023

The 13th edition of the training course focuses on the recent developments in applying Article 102 TFEU, including the ongoing revision of the Market Definition Notice. To cope with pandemic-related travel predicaments, the organization adopts a hybrid format. In line with past editions, e-learning activities alternate with residential ones in Florence (i.e., 22-24 February 2023) and Luxembourg (26-28 September 2023 t.b.c.). However, the Residential Training will also be accessible via Zoom for those selected participants who will not travel to Florence even last minute. The ENTraNCE budget covers travel and accommodation costs for all selected participants, which this year can be up to 52.

Interested national judges from EU Member States (Denmark excluded) and Albania and Montenegro, can apply by 11 December 2022 following instructions at this link: ENTraNCE – 2023 – RSC events registration portal (


Valencia October 2022, March and June 2023 - DEFCOMCOURT 6,

As part of their overall Defcomcourt programme, Valencia University Law School UVEG are organising in-depth training on current issues in competition damages claims.
The Directors are: Prof.Dr. Juan Ignacio Ruiz Peris, Ilma. Sra. Purificación Martorell Zulueta and Paul Hitchings and there are three upcoming sessions see Events – Judicial Competition Training for links to registration.

The sessions will include insight into important CJEU preliminary references (Tráficos Manuel Ferrer and Regiojet), UK case management, funding of mass claims and the Barcelona protocol, at the hands of experienced judges and practitioners directly involved, coming from half a dozen different countries, plus in-depth training in the assessment of economic harm from leading EU and UK experts (economics and the law) in the final session. 

SESSION 1 Coordination of procedures
Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th October 2022

SESSION 2 Evidence access
Dates: 23th, 24th and 25th March 2023

SESSION 3 Quantifying damages and Passing-on
Dates: 8th, 9th and 10th June 2023


30th November/ 1st December 2023 - Milan – seminar on Public and private enforcement of EU competition law in the age of big data

The Association offered its support and encouragement for this University of Turin – COMP.EU.TER - project which has been being funded by the European Commission; the Commission, as usual, would fund travel and accommodation for judges from Member States (save for Denmark) who wish to attend this seminar. The current version of the programme can be seen here.

The programme is published also on their website here:

Enquires and applications shall be sent to:


AECLJ Annual Meeting now 30th May to 1st June 2024

We were planning to return to Germany for the annual meeting to 13th-15th June 2024. However, the UEFA football championship meant that it was not possible to get good hotel availability for those dates. So the meeting in Berlin will now be held 30th May to 1st June 2024; to help judges and accompanying people to enjoy central Berlin, provisional bookings have been made at the Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt; access to the meeting venue from the hotel would be by public transport and we would provide guidance. Our President, Wolfgang Kirchhoff, has arranged for us to be hosted in the magnificent Kammergericht Berlin, seat of the Oberlandesgericht, the highest state court, for the city-state. The topic for Friday has yet to be determined - if you have a suggestion do feel free to submit it for consideration. We shall also have our annual opportunity to update each other on recent case law as well as our annual general meeting. Please address suggestions and questions to