ELI Young Lawyers Award

The ELI Young Lawyers Award was officially launched at the 2016 Annual Conference and General Assembly. 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.

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


The submission shall contain:

1. A cover sheet with the name, telephone number, e-mail and postal address of the applicant, as well as the topic of the paper;

2. An executive summary of maximum 300 words;

3. A paper of maximum 2.500 words, containing at least the following information:


b. Identification of a problem or a possibility for improvement in the indicated field of law in Europe;

c. Analysis of one or more possible solution(s); and

d. Concluding remarks

All papers submitted by candidates for the ELI Young Lawyers Award should follow the directions in this style sheet regarding structure, form, style,  reference formats and citations.

The successful candidate will be invited to present his/her paper at the ELI Annual Conference and General Assembly.

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 (SIGs), present project proposals and participate in the Members Consultative Committees (MCCs) of the different ELI projects.


  • Papers for the 2018 ELI Young Lawyers Award have to be submitted by 30 April 2018, 8 pm CE

Please click to see the ELI Young Lawyers Award brochure

Jury Members

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

2017 Young Lawyers Award Winner

The ELI wishes to congratulate Evgenia Ralli, the first winner of the ELI Young Lawyers Award, for her thought-provoking paper entitled The Principle of Mutual Recognition Based on Mutual Trust and the Respect for Fundamental Rights: The Case of the Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant. Evgenia Ralli is a promising lawyer who studied at the University of Luxembourg, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the University of Trier and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She presented aspects of her excellent paper on 6 September 2017 at the ELI Annual Conference and General Assembly.

The full paper can be read here.

Evgenia Ralli at the 2017 ELI Annual Conference and General Assembly