About C.E.D.R.

Welcome to the European Council for Rural Law, more usually known as the CEDR from its French name «Comité Européen de Droit Rural».

The CEDR was founded in 1957 and it is the only pan-European organization which represents lawyers and professionals interested in Rural Law, in a large sense, covering all aspects related to agricultural world: agricultural, environmental, food, energy, commercial, and economical.

The CEDR has special consultative status with FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) and observatory status with the Council of Europe and regularly provides assistance and advice to the institutions of the European Union.

The membership of the CEDR comprises principally the most important national associations within Europe as a whole, not just the European Union, of lawyers and other professionals involved in the legal aspects of agriculture and rural life. Where there is no national association, individuals may be admitted as members. Also academic institutions and individuals from outside Europe are enrolled. This has recently allowed CEDR the opportunity to have links across all continents.

The combined characteristics of the CEDR make it in particular a worldwide agro-food think-tank in the intertwined activities of policy and law.

The CEDR organizes regular congresses and other meetings, providing opportunities to exchange thoughts, experiences and expertise and to work for agriculture, to make regulations more comprehensive – and comprehensible! – and to try to find a satisfactory common interpretation.

Management of the CEDR is conducted through a Board of Management, some of whose members are elected and others nominated by member associations. The principal officers of the CEDR are elected by General Assembly.

This site is intended to be resource for anyone interested in rural and food law in Europe, whether members of the CEDR or not. We would much appreciate hearing your concerns on matters to do with agriculture and rural business.

Please feel free to link to this site! Your concerns are our problems!