The 2019 Annual Conference and Meetings


This year’s ELI Annual Conference and Meetings will take place in Vienna (Austria) from 4–6 September 2019. The Conference, which will be co-organised by the City of Vienna, will take place at several venues including the palatial Vienna City Hall (Rathaus). Special deals with hotels near the venues have been arranged for the participants of the 2019 Annual Conference and Meetings and a number of rooms have been set aside. Please see important links in the bottom right.

Keynote speakers include Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Justice Clemens Jabloner. Current and prospective ELI projects will be presented and discussed and this year the last day of the Conference has been dedicated to the work of ELI Hubs and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). To read panel descriptions click here.

The Conference is supported by:

The University of Vienna

Founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365 the University of Vienna is one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking world. With its long and rich history, the University of Vienna has developed into one of the largest universities in Europe, and also one of the most renowned. An extended Framework Partnership Agreement will see the ELI receive further funding from 20192023.

European Union

Following the specific call for proposals aiming at establishing four-year framework partnership agreements with EU-level networks for 2018–2021 and Operating Grants for the respective years, the ELI was selected for co-financing by the European Union. This year's Conference is in supported under this scheme.

City of Vienna

The Vienna City Council sponsors certain public events in a bid to promote cultural diversity. The ELI’s Annual Conference is one such sponsored event.


The Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice

The Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice is a federal administrative authority responsible for ensuring the independence of jurisprudence and the administration of justice, constitutional, civil and criminal law and agendas of reforms.

Fritz Thyssen Foundation

The sole aim of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation is to provide direct support for science and research at universities and research institutes primarily in Germany, with a special emphasis on junior researchers.


Interleges is a well-established and closely linked alliance of independent law firms with offices across the countries of the European Union, Eastern Europe, Middle East and America. One of the first networks of its kind, Interleges was created in 1989, and now includes firms in over twenty countries as well as correspondents approved by Interleges in many other countries.

The ELI would like to thank its exhibiting sponsors:


Hart is proud to have publishing links with many of the world's leading universities and law schools and with legal publishers across the globe, including CH Beck and Nomos in Germany and Pedone in France. 


Founded in 2010, Intersentia Ltd is an independent and rapidly developing international publishing house based in Cambridge. Its office is first and foremost dedicated to legal publishing.

CH Beck

CH Beck is a German publisher with its headquarters in Munich and a branch office in Frankfurt. The company publishes 70 professional journals and over 9,000 individual titles.