Prospective Projects

As a forward-looking outfit, the ELI is constantly on the search for topical issues deserving of legal scrutiny. ELI studies are application-oriented. They must go beyond ivory tower research and should serve the people, companies and organisations in Europe by improving the law or facilitating its application. The following Projects are at various stages of development:


Third-Party Funding of Litigation

The ELI is currently assessing the potential to embark on another project strongly linked with the area of procedural law. The Third-Party Funding of Litigation project takes as a basis the fact that...


Internet of Things

Advancing the Internet of Things (IoT), a concept describing an environment in which physical and virtual objects inter-network, is now high on the legal agenda (see eg the European Commission’s...


Conflict of Laws and Digitalisation

The prosective Conflict of Law and Digitalisation project takes as its starting point the fact that territoriality, as a connecting factor, is not appropriate in a connected world were the location of...


Common Constitutional Traditions in Europe

The phrase ‘constitutional traditions common to the Member States’, has been formulated by the European Court of Justice and has found its way into the Treaty of the European Union and the Charter of...


Business & Human Rights: Access to Justice and Effective Remedies

Some of the largest multinational corporations now easily rival nation States in terms of economic power and influence. This development has resulted in increased efforts to impose stricter duties to...


Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts

The ELI is currently exploring the possibility of embarking on a project on Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts. These are technologies that have a huge potential to fundamentally change many...