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Prospective Projects

The following projects are in different stages of development. We expect a good number of them to become official projects of the ELI. 

Research and Development Tax Incentives

Research and development (R&D) is one of the main objectives of the European Union. One of the five targets of the European Commission for the EU in 2020 is that expenditure in R&D amounts to 3% of the EU’s GDP. This is a...

Common Constitutional Principles in Europe

The phrase ‘constitutional traditions common to the Member States’, has been formulated by the European Court of Justice and has found its way into the Treaty of the European Union and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the...

Business & Human Rights: Access to Justice and Effective Remedies

Some of the largest multinational corporations now easily rival nation states in terms of economic power and influence. This development has resulted in increased efforts to impose stricter duties to respect human rights on...

Internet of Things

Advancing the Internet of Things (IoT), a concept describing an environment in which physical and virtual objects inter-network, is now high on the legal agenda (see eg the European Commission’s ‘Advancing the Internet of Things...

Third-Party Funding of Litigation

The ELI is currently assessing the potential to embark on another project strongly linked with the area of procedural law. The Third-Party Funding of Litigation project takes as a basis the fact that third-party litigation...

Conflict of Laws and Digitalisation

The Digitalisation and the Conflict of Law project takes as its starting point the fact that territoriality, as a connecting factor, is no longer appropriate in a connected world were the location of data assets in no longer in a...

Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts

The ELI is currently exploring the possibility of embarking on a project related to Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts. These are technologies that have a huge potential to fundamentally change many areas of private law...