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ELI Young Lawyers Award

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ELI Young Lawyers Award was officially launched at the Annual Conference 2016. The goal of this award is to provide the young European legal community with a mechanism to propose practical suggestions for the improvement of European law, as a way of giving voice to the future European legal experts and to help the ELI in fulfilling its core mission of improving the quality of European law. The award is supported by the ELI and other appropriate participating institutions.

Applicants must be students enrolled at a European university currently undertaking a university law degree, whether undergraduate or postgraduate; or contenders who are within five years of being awarded a law degree at the date by which entries must be submitted and be knowledgeable in English.

Candidates must submit a unique and original paper which was not previously published and which deals with a European legal issue that could be improved. The contribution can be submitted in any of the EU official languages along with an English translation. You can find more detailed instructions, including the Style Sheet template, below.

The Jury of the ELI Young Lawyers Award is comprised of the ELI and other appropriate participating institutions. It is selected by the ELI Executive Committee every two years.

The awarded candidate will be invited to present his/her paper at the ELI Annual Conference.

The ELI will further cover his/her accommodation and travel expenses up to EUR 1.000. This will provide the winner with an opportunity to meet and greet some of the world’s leading law experts and exchange ideas with them.

In addition, the winning contribution will be published on the ELI website and its author will be awarded with two years of free ELI fellowship, which will allow this person to be involved in Special Interest Groups, present project proposals and participate in the Members Consultative Committees of the different ELI projects.


Papers for the 2018 ELI Young Lawyers Award have to be submitted by 30 April 2018, 8 pm CET. Current Jury (2017–2018)

The following Jury members were selected by the ELI Executive Committee to review the entries of the 2017 and 2018 ELI Young Lawyers Award:

  • Robert Bray: Jury Chair, former Head of Unit, Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament
  • Sabino Cassese: Former Italian Constitutional Court Judge and Professor of Administrative Law
  • Katharina Miller: 3C Compliance, SL (Founding Partner), European Woman Lawyers Association (Board Member)
  • Diana Wallis: former ELI President
  • Reinhard Zimmermann: Professor and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

First Winner of the ELI Young Lawyers Award

The ELI wishes to congratulate Evgenia Ralli, the first winner of the Young Lawyers Award, for her thought-provoking paper and its brilliant delivery at the ELI General Assembly on 6 September 2017. The full paper can be read here.