Institutional Members

Institutional Members must be legal entities or natural persons representing organisations, institutions or networks, which are actively involved in European legal development. They are either Institutional Fellows (with voting rights) or Institutional Observers (without voting rights). An institution is free to opt to be a Fellow or an Observer. One vote is granted per organisation.

For Institutional Members, there is a graded fee. Non-profit organisations not representing the interests of particular stakeholders contribute upwards of EUR 250 per year, subject to individual negotiations with the ELI. In the case of journals, the annual fee starts at EUR 400. The minimum fee set forth by the Statute in the case of businesses and advocacy groups is EUR 500 per year. For law firms, this fee is higher but includes the Fellowship of three partners. However, the specific fee depends on size and is subject to individual negotiations with the ELI.

Institutional Members play a key role within the Institute. They are consulted on a regular basis, are entitled to propose project ideas and nominate representatives to join Advisory Committees and Members Consultative Committees (MCCs), which work closely with Project Teams at various stages of a project.

Institutional Members may also suggest individuals to work at the very core of projects, as members of Project Teams. In addition, Institutional Members are free to decide when and the manner in which to provide input to projects, including whether to send representatives in person to key events such as the Annual Conference and Meetings or communicate at a distance. They are also welcome to participate in Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Due to their active participation in the work of the ELI, they play a crucial role in guiding the ELI in its quest for better law-making in Europe. As most of the ELI’s Institutional Members are structured as networks themselves, this constitute a very effective channel of communication through which information on the ELI’s contribution to European legal development can be shared.


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 membership must be supported by two current ELI Fellows.

Membership applications are processed in the beginning of each month (provided a minimum number of applications are received). For your application to be considered at the next round of membership admissions, kindly complete it in full and submit it by the end of the month. The application form will be considered by various ELI bodies and processed within a period of four weeks from the commencement of each month. You will be notified of the outcome of your application as soon as your membership application is processed.

Newest ELI Institutional Members

The ELI is proud to be cooperating with the following new Institutional Members:

Bilkent University was founded on October 20, 1984, by İhsan Doğramacı (1915–2010) and admitted its first students in 1986. The Law Faculty, which was established in 2002, commenced education with 140 students and produced its first graduates in 2006. To the present day, our Faculty has contributed approximately a thousand legal practitioners to the legal world of lawyers, judges, public prosecutors, and academicians and has raised qualified lawyers who gained ground in national and international areas, in international organisations, and law firms. Bilkent University Faculty of Law is continuing its educational journey with almost a thousand undergraduate students in addition to dozens of graduate students.

MiKK – International Mediation Centre for Family Conflict and Child Abduction is the leading international specialist in the field of cross-border family mediation. MiKK is an independent NGO providing multi-lingual, free-of-charge support and advice to parents from all over the world in cases of cross-border contact, custody, relocation and parental child abduction disputes. MiKK’s pre-mediation service organises mediations for parents worldwide.The bi-lingual mediations are conducted by mediators from the MiKK global network of 170+ multilingual, cross-border family mediators, based in 30+ countries and mediating in 30+ languages.

The Research Centre for Justice and Governance (JusGov) is a sub-unit of the School of Law and an R&D Unit of the University of Minho which is dedicated to advancing research and scholarship in law by pursuing an innovative interdisciplinary research programme, engaging in international research networks, investing in a strong dissemination strategy, providing policy-relevant research and legal expertise of interest to governments, practitioners and other stakeholders, and contributing to the scientific initiation and advanced training of early-stage researchers.

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in Switzerland. It rules on appeals against decisions of the highest cantonal courts and the three federal courts of the first instance. It examines whether they have applied the law correctly. In this function, the Federal Supreme Court covers all legal domains, in principle: civil and criminal law, debt enforcement and bankruptcy law, as well as public and administrative law (including social insurance law). Through its decisions, the Court ensures the uniform application of federal law. It protects the constitutional rights of citizens. The Federal Supreme Court examines legal issues. In principle, it bases its findings on the facts as they were established by lower courts.

Full List of ELI Institutional Members

The ELI is grateful to its current Institutional Members, which number over 100, for the various way in which they have steadfastly demonstrated their commitment to the Institute’s causes and the betterment of European Law.

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