The International Federation for European Law (FIDE) is a non-profit Belgian law association established by the national European law associations (one per EU-Member State, as well as some non Member States such as Switzerland or Norway as an associate member). It was created for the study and development of the law and institutions of the European Community.
Associations admitted as FIDE members are considered sufficiently representative of the national legal bodies concerned with European law, and include academics, lawyers, judges and civil servants.
The most important activity FIDE organizes is the Congresses held every two years, which are generally considered prestigious forums for discussing fundamentally important issues in European legislation because of their high methodical level, the quality of the participants, their renown and the presence of jurists from across EU member states.
A demonstration of the importance of the Congresses is the involvement of Community institutions, in particular the Court of Justice and the European Commission, who always make their interpreters available for the debates.