Irish Journal of European Law – Call for Papers for 2021 Volume

The Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of European Law has issued the Call for papers for its 2021 Volume:

Irish Journal of European Law – Call for papers for 2021 volume

The Irish Journal of European Law has been published since 1992 and is a leading international journal on European law, edited by scholars and practitioners. Previous volumes are hosted on Westlaw, HeinOnline and on the Irish Society for European Law’s website. The journal – whose articles are blind peer reviewed – is now issuing a call for original papers for its 2021 volume. Papers are welcomed in the following categories:

  • Long articles (indicative length 8,000 – 12,000 words)*
  • Shorter articles and analysis (indicative length up to 6,000 words)*
  • Professional practice pieces, addressing areas of European law and/or practice that would be of particular interest to practitioners (any length)
  • Notes on case law (indicative length 2,000-3,000 words)**
  • Notes on legislation (any length)

The journal welcomes submissions on all areas of European law, including EU law and European law in the wider sense.

The journal has an international reputation and attracts contributions from scholars, practitioners, judges and public servants (writing in a personal capacity) from across Europe and beyond. Submissions are welcomed from established scholars, early career researchers, students, and practitioners.

Please send submissions for consideration by the editorial board to by 5pm on Friday 26th March 2021 in Word format, size 12 font, single-spaced. References should be in OSCOLA Ireland format and please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Please attach two separate files: the first comprising a cover page with your name, affiliation, contact details, five or so keywords, and the title and abstract for your article, and the second comprising your full article with no personal identifiers (for blind peer review purposes). Please direct any queries to the same email address.


*Inclusive of footnotes

**Longer pieces will be considered in appropriate cases


New Editorial Board of Irish Journal of European Law Announced

The ISEL is delighted to announce the new Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of European Law (IJEL), which is published under the auspices of the ISEL.

The members are:

– Editor in Chief: Dr MaryCatherine LUCEY, Associate Professor, UCD Sutherland School of Law
– General Editor: Dr Andrew Jackson, Assistant Professor, UCD Sutherland School of Law
– Managing Editor: Dr Stuart MacLennan, Associate Professor, Law School, Coventry University
– Long Articles Editors: Dr Graham Butler, Associate Professor of Law, Aarhus University & Dr Sara Drake, Senior Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd
– Shorter Articles Editors: Barry Doherty BL & Dr Noreen O’Meara, Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey
– Archives Editor: Dr Liz Heffernan, Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin
– Professional Practice Editors: Benedict Blunnie, Legal Advisor at Competition and Consumer Protection CommissionMaureen O’NeillMON Legal Consulting and Siobhán Stack SC
– Caselaw Editors: Sara-Jane O’Brien BL & Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers
– Legislation Editors: Dr Ronan Condon, Assistant Professor in Law, Dublin City University & Conor Talbot, Legal Counsel at the European Investment Bank (EIB)

We wish the new editorial board the very best of luck.

ISEL’s 2020 AGM – 25 November 2020, at 5pm

The ISEL’s 2020 AGM is taking place online via Zoom at 5pm on Wednesday, 25 November 2020.

Join the AGM here:

Meeting ID: 915 6237 0035
Passcode: 024848


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ISEL may also share your personal data with third parties for the purpose of hosting / facilitating.


18th Brian Walsh Memorial Lecture, November 2020

XXIX FIDE Reports Published

The XXIX FIDE Congress in The Hague was due to take place in May 2020.  Due to COVID-19, the Congress will now take place in May 2021.  In the meantime, the 2020 FIDE Board has published the XXIX FIDE Congress volumes, which include all national reports, including those prepared by the Irish national rapporteurs.  These are available through the links below:

Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law: The Pivotal Role of National Courts in the EU Legal Order

Topic 2: The New EU Data Protection Regime: Setting Global Standards for the Right to Personal Data Protection

Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy: Protecting Free and Fair Competition in an Age of Technological (R)evolution

The reports provide valuable comparative perspectives on these three topics of key areas of EU Law, which will be explored in depth at the XXIX Congress at The Hague next year. This will be a great opportunity to discuss recent developments, from the German Constitutional Court’s Weiss judgment to the consequences of COVID-19 on the protection of personal data and the platform industry.

The reports prepared by the Irish National Rapporteurs are available here .

XXIX FIDE Congress postponed to 2021

The XXIX FIDE Congress was due to take place in The Hague in May 2020.  Due to restrictions on public events in the Netherlands necessitated by COVID-19, the Congress will now be held, in The Hague, from 12 to 15 May 2021.  All registrations for the Congress remain valid.

Irish Journal of European Law – Publication of Volume 22

The ISEL is delighted to announce that Volume 22 of the Irish Journal of European Law (2019-20) has now been published and is available to members here.

This edition features valued contributions from Judge Síofra O’Leary of the ECtHR, Prof. Suzanne Kingston, Prof. Liz Heffernan, Dr. Noreen O’Meara, Darach Connolly, Senior Associate, DLA Piper and Dr. Vincent Power, Partner at A&L Goodbody. 

Special thanks are due to joint editors Maureen O’Neill (Vice President and former Chair of the ISEL) and Dr. Mary Catherine Lucey of University College Dublin for their work in putting together this volume.

Report on Litigation Funding and Class actions Launched

A joint report by the ISEL and litigation funding and class actions, prepared by the Irish Society for European Law (ISEL) and EU Bar Association Ireland was formally launched by Chief Justice Frank Clarke at an event in the Law Library of Ireland to mark the occasion.

The report assesses whether litigation in Ireland is being stifled through a lack of third-party litigation funding and class actions in this jurisdiction.  It as presented to Mr Justice Clarke by Aoife Beirne BL, Chair of the ISEL, at the event and is available to download here.