about us


BEG was founded in 1977 as a specialist bar association of the Bar of England and Wales. It is a forum for practitioners and academics to attend meetings, talks, conferences and other social events for those whose area of practice or interest is European law and issues concerning the European Union. We have a representative on the Bar Council in our capacity as a Specialist Bar Association. We are consulted by the Bar, the Ministry of Justice, the Law Commission and the House of Lords Select Committee on issues concerning European law.

BEG’s membership is predominantly comprised of barristers, but also includes Judges, solicitor advocates, government lawyers, academics and students. Members either practise or share an interest in the area of European law. We hold a series of meetings throughout the year on relevant topics. In addition, BEG organises and hosts an annual Elland Lecture in memory of the late William Elland, chairman of the Group in 1992, who died during his term of office.

The highlight of the year for many members of BEG is the annual Conference. It is now a long-established tradition that the conference takes place in another Member State of the European Union or neighbouring European country. Recent conferences have taken place in Taormina, Heraklion and San Sebastián. This year's conference will be held in Gdansk, Poland.

BEG is a not-for-profit organisation. It has its own constitution governing elections and membership. To see a copy of the constitution in pdf format, please click here.