The ELI is an independent, democratic, membership-based organisation with a broad network of around 1,500 individual Members (ie Fellows and Individual Observers) and over 100 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 50 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

Exceptional opportunities to meet peers from your area of legal expertise as well as from entirely different backgrounds make the ELI a special melting pot of legal communities from Europe and beyond. 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 its well-considered structure, ensures the ELI is in a position to make a unique and significant contribution to the development of law in Europe. Crucially, a broad membership constituency also secures the independence of the Institute.

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Through the provision of independent expert advice, the ELI’s projects have helped to improve cross-border cooperation, facilitate the elaboration and dissemination of best practice rules and support European institutions.


Be a Stakeholder

Contribute to the debate over topical legal issues that Europe and the world faces 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 the 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 forums and discussions; drive policies and understand the rapidly changing legal landscape through debate, eg through MCCs, Hubs and SIGs (focusing 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
  • No surcharge at the ELI Annual Conference

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