The ELI is an independent, democratic, membership-based organisation with a broad network of around 1,500 individual Members (ie Individual Fellows and Individual Observers) and over 100 institutional Members (ie Institutional Fellows and Institutional Observers). Its Members are legal professionals, government officials, policy and decision makers and academics. Together, they form a unique European legal community. Members currently come from over 60 different countries in Europe and beyond.

An extensive network of Members, from different legal traditions and vocations stands the ELI apart and enriches the discourse on the betterment of European laws.


A European Legal Community

The ELI is a special melting pot of legal communities from Europe and beyond that affords exceptional opportunities for individuals to meet peers from their area of legal expertise as well as from entirely different backgrounds. Jurists from practice and academia come together to create a vibrant forum. Diversity within the ELI, both in respect of the composition of Members (integrating the experience of experts from different jurisdictions and legal vocations) and Project Teams, ensures the ELI is in a position to make a unique and significant contribution to the development of law in Europe. Crucially, an expansive membership constituency also ensures the Institute's output is broadly considered.

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Be a Stakeholder

Contribute to the debate over topical legal issues that Europe and the world face today. Members are free to choose the extent to which they actively engage in the work of the ELI. They are particularly welcome to contribute by participating in Advisory Committees, Members Consultative Committees (MCCs), or even within Project Teams. National ELI Hubs, which unite local ELI Members at ELI events, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which focus on particular areas of the law, ranging from private to public law, constitute other fora for collaborative input, affording them a genuine opportunity to have a stake in Europe’s future legal direction.

Beyond improving the mutual understanding of legal frameworks in place in Europe and their interplay on a national and European level, the ELI facilitates collaborative working amongst Members of the European legal profession.


Benefits to Membership At a Glance

  • Influence policy and impact current best practice through ELI forums eg through MCCs, Hubs and SIGs that focus on aspects of law that matter to you
  • Be kept informed of progress of our current projects and events and of upcoming ones
  • Network and exchange ideas
  • Free entry to the ELI Annual Conference

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Membership Fee Exemption

Membership is subject to approval by the ELI Council and can be based on individual applications, supported by two ELI Fellows acting as referees or, exceptionally, on the invitation of the ELI Council.

In accordance with Article 8(5) of the ELI Statute, and adding to Council Decision 2018/5, the Council determined that the following institutions shall be exempt from paying an annual membership fee:


How to Apply

To apply, please complete the form under ‘Important Links’ on the right electronically. Do take the time to read the ELI Statute before doing so. Should you have difficulties applying or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ELI Secretariat. Note that the membership application must be supported by two current ELI Fellows.

Fee Exemption

  • The European Union and its institutions, bodies, offices and agencies
  • Sovereign states and their constitutional bodies
  • Intergovernmental organisations
  • The United Nations and its bodies, offices and agencies
  • Student associations