ELI Innovation Papers

Launched in 2020, the aim of the new ELI Innovation Paper Series is to enable ELI Members to propose pioneering legal or multidisciplinary ideas, which deserve the attention of the European legal community and aim at improving European law.

The Innovation Papers contain concrete proposals for relevant stakeholders and may resemble ELI project output (such as draft legislation, model rules, principles, checklists or position papers – more information about ELI projects is available here), but be shorter (usually not more than 10 pages, including an Executive Summary) and more tentative in nature. It is not necessary that Innovation Papers are the result of comprehensive research, but they should possibly serve as an inspiration to other stakeholders and be a catalyst for discussion. Innovation Papers, which begin by the submission of a one-page proposal to the ELI Secretariat on the opening of a call, may be followed by an ELI project.

The ELI Secretariat will periodically announce calls for proposals.

First ELI Innovation Paper

In January 2021, ELI published the ‘Guiding Principles for Updating the EU Product Liability Directive for the Digital Age’, which set out concrete propositions for updating the EU Product Liability Directive with a view to adapt it to the digital age. The Guiding Principles were prepared by Professor Christian Twigg-Flesner (University of Warwick) in consultation with ELI Members and adopted by the ELI Council and can be found here.

Second ELI Innovation Paper

In May 2022, ELI published the ‘Guiding Principles for Automated Decision-Making in the EU’, which aimed at providing further guidance on establishing a legal framework for automated decision-making (ADM) in the EU, both in light of the ever-growing use of ADM systems in the digital world as well as unharmonised EU rules relating to automated processes. The Guiding Principles were prepared by Prof Dr Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell (ELI Executive Committee Member; Professor, Charles III University of Madrid) with input from ELI Members and adopted by the ELI Council. They can be found here.