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The overarching topic of the congress is Nationalism, populism, and identities: contemporary challenges. In the global context, the growth of nationalism and populism is one of the greatest challenges facing not only Europe but also North and South America and the Asia Pacific. This can be a destructive force if it means that states retreat into an isolationist mindset and away from effective multilateral solutions to perceived cross-border problems.

Nationalism is a form of identity politics and is not to be assumed to be always a negative force. However, the increasing tendency towards radical nationalism and in turn exclusionist populism, even when presented as nationalism, constitutes a major challenge to democracy and the rule of law. Populism can undermine trust in institutions and give rise to intolerance within society. Within the European context, and in addition to the broader international context, there are specific, disturbing populist trends in the EU and the EU’s focus has inevitably turned more strongly towards a number of internal challenges which might pose a serious challenge to the EU’s central aims and its adherence to fundamental rights.

A form of nationalism or identity politics is also discernible in the movement in Europe for more devolved powers or for secession and independence. A related question is whether opportunities for devolved administrations on the international stage might provide a dynamic alternative to independence, whether on their own or in conjunction with purely national or sub-regional measures.

Finally, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the greatest economic and health crisis seen in 100 years. Within the EU and beyond it, emergency powers have been used to close borders unilaterally and to restrict people movement on the ground of protection of public health. The problems over the EU’s Covid-19 rescue packages evidenced at the Council meeting in July 2020 have exposed severe fault lines in EU solidarity, leading some commentators to question the future of the common European project.

The congress is organized under the following topics of discussion, for which working groups of relevant experts have been organized to draft the pertinent papers.



The program below corresponds to the second day of the congress, April 5th.
You can see the complete program in the following link.


On the second day, the Congress will start with a keynote speaker Rt Hon Sir John Mummery, formerly a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on the legal profession in England and Wales, followed by several panel discussions on nationalism and populism at the national level, nationalism, populism, and the economy, Constitutional, legal and governance questions in the context of nationalism, and finally a panel discussion on refugees, nationalism, and externalization policies.

9.00-9.15: Meeting of International Academic Council

09.15-09.30: Tea / Coffee The Bastion

9.30-10.00: Keynote speaker- Rt Hon Sir John Mummery, formerly a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. Bencher of Gray’s Inn (member of the governing council).

Topic: the legal profession in England and Wales; how Gray’s Inn fits into the legal landscape; why and how Gray’s Inn values international collaboration.

10.00-11.00 Panel discussion: Working Group: Nationalism and populism at the national level

Leader: Juan Martínez Calvo, Partner in Simmons & Simmons, Madrid office, whose practice is focused on the energy and infrastructure sectors, advising funds, developers, contractors, lenders, and public bodies.
Constructive friend: Marie-Pierre Rey, Director of the Sorbonne research unit ⿿Identities, international relations, and civilizations of Europe, Professor of Modern History at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne, and specialist of Russian-European relations.
Panelists: WG members
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11.00-11.30: Coffee break – The Bastion

11.30-12.30: Panel discussion: Working Group: Nationalism, populism, and the economy (1)

Leader: Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon EMEA.
Constructive friend: Frédéric Jenny, Emeritus Professor, Economics Department, ESSEC Business School. Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics
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Sub-group 1: Globalisation and Populism.

Leader: Laurent Manderieux, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at L. Bocconi University of Milan, Italy. Member of Fide’s Academic Council
Constructive friend: Jorge Padilla
Panellists: WG members
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12.30-13.30: Lunchtime – Dining Hall

13.45-14.45: Panel discussion: Working Group: Nationalism, populism, and the economy. (2)

Leader: Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon EMEA.
Constructive friend: Frédéric Jenny, Emeritus Professor, Economics Department, ESSEC Business School. Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics
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Sub-group 2: The Future of the EU Project

Leader: Juan Espinosa, Advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Civil Service of Spain
Constructive friend: Frédéric Jenny
Panellists: WG members
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15.00-15.30: Coffee Break ⿿ The Bastion

15.30-16.30: Panel discussion: Working Group: Nationalism, populism, and the economy. (3)

Subgroup 3: Populism and Inequality

Leader: Joe Perkins, Senior Vice President and Head of Research at Compass Lexecon based in London.
Constructive friend: Jorge Padilla
Panellists: WG members
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16.30-17.30: Panel discussion: Working Group: Constitutional, legal and governance questions in the context of nationalism

Leader: Ramón Palacín, Managing Partner, EY Abogados. Specialist in tax law, especially in international taxation
Constructive friend: Derrick Wyatt QC, Emeritus Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford and formerly a member of Brick Court Chambers, London
Panellists: WG members
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17.30-18.30: Panel discussion: Challenges to the EU: refugee externalization policies: nationalism and humanitarianism.

Moderator: Fernando Irurzun Montoro, Partner in charge of Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in Clifford Chance Spain
Panellists to be confirmed
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18.30-18.45: Conclusions of the second day of the Congress

19.00-19.30: Evening drinks – Dining hall

19.30-21.15: Dinner – Dining hall

Congress Directors:

Cristina Jiménez: President of Fide Foundation
Christopher Muttukumaru: Barrister, Bencher of Gray´s Inn and Chair of the International Academic Council

Congress Coordinators:

Victoria Dal Lago: Academic Coordinator, Fide Foundation
Cristina Arribas: Co-coordinator, Fide Foundation

Methodology: The dynamic of the session will respect the usual rules of Fide and the participation and interaction of the speakers and attendees as well, making only the changes required for its celebration on line. All sessions organized at Fide are convened under the Chatham House Rule, participants have the right to use the information they receive, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of any other participant may be revealed.

Date and place: The congress will be held on 4th, 5th, and 6th April, at the Jesus College, Oxford.

Language: English.

Registration fee: 800€, including lunches, coffees, and dinners during the Congress, documentation, assistance, and support for the arrangements related to the accommodation and transport. Members of Fide may benefit from a 5% discount.

Travel and transfers to Oxford and accommodations are not included in this registration fee.

Registration: To register you can contact us on the following e-mails:

  • Victoria Dal Lago: victoria.dallago@thinkfide.com
  • Cristina Arribas: cristina.arribas@thinkfide.com
  • Ana de Santiago: ana.desantiago@thinkfide.com

You can find the program for the following days here:

Schedule: The session will be held from 9.00 to 9.15 pm using the online platform Microsoft Teams.
The time shown is adjusted to the time zone of Peninsular Spain (Balearic Islands included). To check your time zone difference, please visit this link: www.timeanddate.com.

* Check registration conditions.

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