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The ELI 2015 Annual Conference and General Assembly took place this year between the 2nd – 4th of September in the elegant setting of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, located in Vienna’s historic first district.

The ELI was delighted to welcome many esteemed guests to Vienna.

The Annual Conference and General Assembly were well received and provided a forum for lively discussions on law, policy and the role the ELI has to play in improving European law.

On Wednesday the 2nd of September, the Conference began with the Opening Ceremony and Reception, where Harriet Lansing, the Immediate Past President of the U.S. Uniform Law Commission and Senior Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, gave a keynote lecture. In her informative and inspiring speech, Judge Lansing said that the ULC has begun to observe commonalities in the processes, projects and ultimate goals of the ELI and the ULC.

The panoramic view from the top floor of the Law Faculty Building provided the perfect setting for open and friendly discussions between the approximately 200 members of the ELI that attended the Opening Ceremony.

Thursday the 3rd of September. The second day started with the General Assembly, where elections for 30 seats on the Council of the European Law Institute took place. More information on the results of the Council elections can be viewed here. Following the General Assembly, the ELI Annual Conference began with welcoming addresses from Michael Alram, Vice-President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wolfgang Brandsetter, Austrian Minister of Justice and Diana Wallis, ELI’s President. Wolfagang Brandsetter stated that the ELI has achieved such a standing in the legal policy debate that it is really being listened to and its scientific voice is being heard.

A number of highly topical panel sessions were held on the first day of the Conference, focusing on diverse fields of law, such as EU Administrative Law, Sales Law in the Digital Single Market, European Rules of Civil Procedure and the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets

Friday the 4th of September was the last day of the ELI Annual Conference. Věra Jourová, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality gave an inspiring keynote lecture, noting that the ELI has provided invaluable advice to the Commission in the past and expressing an interest in several ELI projects that are either on-going or in the first stages.

During the day, panel sessions were held on the following topics: Empowering European Families: Towards more Party Autonomy in European Family and Succession Law, Rescue of Business in Insolvency Law and the Rule of Law and Migration.

The ELI would like to encourage its members to follow these interesting projects and urges everyone who wants to actively participate to sign up for a Members Consultative Committee to contribute.


The European Law Institute is an entirely independent organisation which aims to improve the quality of European law.