The 2016 Annual Conference and General Assembly

The ELI 2016 Annual Conference and General Assembly took place in Ferrara, from 7 to 9 September 2016. The Conference was kindly hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Ferrara.

The event started in the evening of Wednesday, 7 September, with an opening ceremony. The General Assembly convened in the morning of the same day and featured reports from the President, Treasurer and other featured members of the Institute.

Following this, the project sessions provided ELI members and external participants the opportunity to discuss the most topical legal issues in the European landscape for two full days. Panel sessions were devoted, among other topics, to criminal law, insolvency law, civil procedure, the Digital Single Market, family law and migration.

We were honoured by Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, who gave a keynote speech on 9 September. Also, Marta Cartabia, Vice-President of the Italian Constitutional Court, delivered a keynote speech during the opening ceremony on 7 September. Together with the ELI's now former President, Diana Wallis, and former Vice-President, Christiane Wendehorst, other esteemed guests addressing participants were Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Culture, Giorgio Zauli, Rector of the University of Ferrara and Giovanni De Cristofaro, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ferrara.

During the Conference, ELI project teams, particularly the ones focusing on insolvency law, civil procedure and criminal law presented the outcome of their work to participants, and chaired fruitful discussions on concrete aspects of these areas of law.

The Conference is supported by:

The University of Vienna

Founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365 the University of Vienna is one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking world. With its long and rich history, the University of Vienna has developed into one of the largest universities in Europe, and also one of the most renowned.

European Union

Following the specific call for proposals aiming at establishing three-year framework partnership agreements with EU-level networks for 2015–2017 and Operating Grants for the respective years, the ELI was selected for co-financing by the European Union.



The ELI would also like to thank its exhibiting sponsors:


Hart is proud to have publishing links with many of the world's leading universities and law schools and with legal publishers across the globe, including CH Beck and Nomos in Germany and Pedone in France. 

Intersentia Ltd

Founded in 2010, Intersentia Ltd is an independent and rapidly developing international publishing house based in Cambridge. Its office is first and foremost dedicated to legal publishing.


Founded in 1683, Brill is a publishing house with a rich history and a strong international focus. In addition to its journals and books publishing programmes, Brill also offers reference works and primary source materials

The Nomos Publishing Company

The Nomos Publishing Company is one of the leading science publishers in the legal, social and humanities. There is a special focus on European and international issues.

CH Beck

CH Beck is a German publisher with its headquarters in Munich and a branch office in Frankfurt. The company publishes 70 professional journals and over 9,000 individual titles.