The Council may appoint Fellows and Observers who have applied for membership.
It may either
The Council will periodically issue byelaws establishing a list of persons who will be offered ex-officio membership while they hold a specified office or position.
There are different membership categories:
Fellows must be natural persons and must actively engage, by their professional, vocational or scholarly activities, in European legal development. They must undertake to speak, vote and participate in activities carried out within the framework of the Association on the basis of their own personal and professional convictions and without regard to the interests of particular stakeholders.
The annual membership fee for Fellows is 60 euro.
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 60 euro.
* In its decision of 8 February 2013 (CD 2013/4), the ELI Council determined that the following institutions shall be exempt from paying an annual membership fee:
(a) The European Union and its institutions, bodies, offices and agencies;
(b) Sovereign states and their constitutional bodies;
(c) Intergovernmental organisations; and
(d) The United Nations and its bodies, offices and agencies.