The 2017 Annual Conference and General Assembly

Alexander Van der Bellen, © Jork Weismann

Message from the Federal President of the Austrian Republic

Click here to read an exclusive message of the Federal President of the Austrian Republic to the participants of the 2017 ELI Annual Conference and General Assembly!

This year’s ELI Annual Conference and General Assembly took place in Vienna (Austria) from 6–8 September 2017. The Conference, which was co-organised by the City of Vienna, took place at several venues including the palatial Vienna City Hall (Rathaus).

During the General Assembly the President, Vice-President and other representatives of ELI bodies reported on the progress achieved by the Institute in the preceding year to ELI Members. In line with the ELI's Byelaws, ELI Members also had the opportunity to elect 30 new Council Members. The elections took place between 6–7 September. To find the election results, please click here. In addition, the first winner of the European Young Lawyers Award, a scheme launched in 2016, was announced.

Various panel sessions provided ELI Members and external participants with the opportunity to discuss the most topical legal issues on the European legal landscape, including:

Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, delivered one of the keynote lectures. 

In addition to the various evening events, the Gala Dinner on 7 September – a culinary delight –  provided the opportunity for attendees to network in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) were featured in panel sessions on 8 September.

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.

European Union

Following the specific call for proposals aiming at establishing three-year framework partnership agreements with EU-level networks for 2015–2017 and Operating Grants for the respective years, the ELI was selected for co-financing by the European Union.

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.

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.

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. 

Nomos Publishing Company

The Nomos Publishing Company is one of the leading science publishers in the legal, social and humanities. There is a special focus on European and international issues.


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.

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship and education by publishing worldwide.

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.