Fellows and Individual Observers

The European Law Institute has over 1,400 Fellows and Individual Observers, reflecting the full diversity of legal communities in Europe and beyond. Our Members are a fundamental part of the Institute, having been so from the ELI’s conception, and are the driving force behind the ELI’s progress.

‘Diversity’ is enshrined in the ELI’s Manifesto and founding Statute. It represents the true spirit of the Institute. Celebrating diversity, by involving a diverse range of personalities, reflecting the richness of the legal traditions, legal disciplines and vocational frameworks found throughout Europe, stands the ELI apart. It is what makes our legal community so uniquely vibrant. Equally, the endorsement of ELI projects by this broad constituency adds to the richness and authority of the Institute's substantive work.

Current Area of Focus - Geographic

  • Baltic
  • Central and Eastern Europe (in particular Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic)
  • France
  • Scandinavia

To honour the ELI's commitment to diversity, the Membership Committee periodically selects different focal points for Members throughout the year. Applications by other excellent jurists are, as always, highly desirable irrespective of the Committee’s current focus area. 

We invite our Members to take an active role in the Institute’s work by suggesting topics for projects and collaborating with other Members on accepted initiatives, through Advisory Committees, Members Consultative Committees (MCCs), ELI Hubs or Special Interest Groups (SIGs).


Two Types of Individual Membership


  • Fellows must be natural persons and must actively engage, by their professional, vocational or scholarly activities, in European legal development. They are internationally renowned legal professionals from academia, the judiciary, various legal professions, governments, legislatures and other sectors, who participate in the Institute’s activities on the basis of their personal and professional convictions and without regard to the interests of any clients or stakeholders.
  • The annual membership fee for Fellows is EUR 60.
  • Sustaining Members pay a total of EUR 120 a year. More information on the Sustaining Membership scheme can be found here.

Individual Observers

  • Individual Observers must be reputable natural persons who take an active interest in European legal development.
  • The status of Individual Observer is especially suitable for colleagues who cannot undertake to speak and vote without regard to the interests of particular stakeholders.
  • The annual membership fee for Individual Observers is EUR 60.

Current Sustaining Members of the ELI

Surname First Name Country of Residence
Arabadjiev Alexander Luxembourg
Azizi Josef Austria
Bargelli Elena Italy
Bielska-Sobkowicz Teresa Poland
Bray Robert Belgium
Cassese Sabino Italy
Charalambous Christina Luxembourg
Cordero Sanchez Jorge Mexico
Dekleva-Marguc Darinka Slovenia
Doralt Walter Germany
Feldman Tanel Belgium
Gaffney John United Arab Emirates
Gammeljord Anne Birgitte Denmark
Gielen Patrick Belgium
Gormley Laurence The Netherlands
Graf von Westphalen Friedrich Germany
Griss Irmgard Austrian
Horak Hana Croatia
Iamiceli Paola Italy
Infantino Marta France
Izarova Iryna Ukraine
Jiménez Muñoz Fransisco Javier Spain
Johnson Philip United Kingdom
Josipovic Tatjana Croatia
Kose Tayfuk Turkey
Liebman Lance United States of America
Machnikowski Piotr Poland
Mak Vanessa The Netherlands
Malberti Corrado Italy
Marcotte Q.C. Dan Canada
Oliver Peter Belgium
Papp Tekla Hungary
Philippe Denis Belgium
Pichonnaz Pascal Switzerland
Rosenvald Nelson Brazil
Ruda Albert Spain
Sagaert Vincent Belgium
Shamlikashvili Tsisana Russian Federation
Simonati Anna Italy
Smith Vincent United Kingdom
Sorabji John United Kingdom
Stadler Astrid Germany
Steffek Felix Germany
Steinbrück Ben Germany
Stix-Hackl Christine Austria
Straetmans Gert Belgium
Thomas Lord John United Kingdom
Timmermans Christiaan The Netherlands
Tsogkas Lampros Greece
van Erp Sjef The Netherlands
Vekas Lajos Hungary
Venchiarutti Angelo Italy
Weise Steven United States of America
Wendehorst Christiane Austria
Wietrzynski Konrad Poland
Wilcox Vanessa Austria
Wolf Eike Austria
Zimmermann Reinhard Germany

Current Individual Members of the ELI

To access a full list of Individual ELI Members, please click the 'ALL' option. Alternatively, clicking on a letter of the alphabet will direct you to all Members whose surnames begin with that letter.

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