As ELI begins its second decade and ALI moves into our second century, we look forward to extending and deepening our collaboration and working together toward our common goals of providing practical guidance and bringing clarity to the law.

David Levi,

President of the American Law Institute


Diane Wood,

Director of the American Law Institute


Heinz W Engl, former Rector of the

University of Vienna

I am glad that I made the decision to make a bid for the ELI Secretariat in 2011, and the success of ELI confirmed my decision, which might have been a bit bold then.

ELI is an invaluable organisation that the European Parliament can rely on to attend to justice related issues now, and in the future.

[ELIs] achievements have paved the way for many more young professionals to help create a righteous, green and prosperous European future.

Roberta Metsola,

President of the European Parliament

Robert Spano, then President of the European Court of Human Rights

I very much support ELI’s work in creating a vigorous European legal community because as I have had the opportunity of underlining recently, lawyers act as guardians of the rule of law by upholding their clients’ fundamental rights and the fair administration of justice in general; by playing a key role as intermediaries between the public and the courts, and as actors within the Convention system by pleading the European Convention on Human Rights before national courts.

ELI is an important stakeholder on which I know the European Commission can count to continue addressing the challenges in the field of justice.

Didier Reynders,

EU Commissioner for Justice

Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, then

President of the European Court of Human Rights

I consider that ELI’s 15 Principles for the COVID-19 crisis will prove to be useful tool for all actors.

I am exceptionally grateful that the ELI and the ALI are collaborating on subject matter of such significance to the international order.

Richard L Revesz, Director of the American Law Institute (ALI)

Carl Lisman, President of the Uniform Law Commission

I wish the ELI continued success in its work, and I look forward to further collaboration between our two organizations.

UNCITRAL takes great interest in the valuable work of ELI. This is not just because of the high regard that we have for its processes and products, or the respect that we share for diverse legal traditions, but principally because many of ELI’s current projects speak to UNCITRAL’s mandate to ‘promot[e] the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade’.

Anna Joubin-Bret, UNCITRAL Secretary


Marc Jaeger, then President of the General Court of the European Union

I would like to emphasise how crucial the ELI’s works are in pursuing the bridging of oft-perceived gaps between different legal cultures as well as between scholarship and practice.

The ELI has come to provide a key forum for developing European legal thinking and polity. Complementing judicial dialogue and the dialogue between the States and organisations such as ESA, the ELI facilitates the crucial dialogue between academics, practitioners and institutional actors that is necessary for building and maintaining trust and confidence in the common project of a Europe ruled by law.

Bente Angell-Hansen, President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA)

Páll Hreinsson, President of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court

I commend the ELI for its achievements in improving the quality of law in Europe and look forward to its ongoing contributions to our mutual aims.

As a member of the ELI, you are part of a unique European legal community. The European Court of Human Rights plays a unique role within its own European community. […] The Court through its caselaw, like ELI through its project, is responding to new legal issues which concern international families and cross-border disputes.

Guido Raimondi, then President of the European Court of Human Rights

Antonio Tajani, then President of the European Parliament

The expansion of the European law acquis, in particular in the field of civil law, must be backed up with in-depth analysis by the legal community. This is why, as co-legislator, the European Parliament welcomes the contributions of the ELI during the legislative process – be it through publications or active participation in parliamentary hearings or workshops.

Since its founding, the ELI has worked hard to enhance European legal integration, improve law-making and above all, to inspire trust among jurists of different vocations and from different legal cultures. In the only few years of its activities, the ELI has already provided us with invaluable advice on many different initiatives and I rely on your continued support.

Věra Jourová, then EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the EU

Despite its young existence, the ELI has already established itself as a leading independent organisation whose scholarly work contributes to clarifying, modernising and otherwise improving European law, understood in a broad sense. It provides European scholars with an ideal institutional framework within which they can exchange ideas and learn about each other’s national experiences. Most importantly, the ELI gives new impetus to the comparative law method in the 21st century, a method of interpretation that enhances the legitimacy of the EU by interlocking European and national legal orders.

The ELI is characterised by the diversity of its members and its work-scope. It is quite unusual that its members consist of experts on the one hand as well as institutions like supreme courts, universities and law firms on the other. Its work programme is marked by a broad spectrum of topics and, above all, contains projects aiming at the development of the European legal order. Austria is proud to have been chosen as the seat of the ELI at the University of Vienna.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen © Jork Weismann

Tiina Astola, then Director-General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission

We are facing a challenging future in the European Union. We will have to cross legal paths that are yet to be fully mapped. We will have to find solutions to difficult situations. Working together, gathering the expertise where it is to be found, collecting evidence to support our action to reach the objective is essential. We are very grateful for ELI’s important contribution this far, and look forward to cooperating also in the future to shape the future of the legal environment of the EU.

The ELI plays an important role in the development of many parts of the law of the European Economic Area (EEA). This is particularly the case in areas that the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA), in its role of safeguarding the rights of individuals and undertakings in the EFTA States of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, sees as key to securing prosperity and economic and social progress under the EEA Agreement.

Sven Erik Svedman, then President of EFTA Surveillance Authority

Harriet Lansing, then President of the Uniform Law Commission

[W]e salute the considerable progress that the ELI is making through projects aimed at producing results which can be of immediate practical utility. 

The American Law Institute welcomes and takes a degree of pride in the formation of the ELI and its rapid progress. 

Lance Liebman, then Director of the American Law Institute