The 2015 Annual Conference and General Assembly

The ELI 2015 Annual Conference and General Assembly took place this year between 2–4 September in the elegant setting of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, located in Vienna’s historic first district. ELI was delighted to welcome many esteemed guests to Vienna.

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

On Wednesday, 2 September, the Conference began with the Opening Ceremony and Reception, where Harriet Lansing, then immediate past President of the US Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and former 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 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 ELI that attended the Opening Ceremony.

Thursday, 3 September marked the second day which started with the General Assembly, where elections for 30 seats on the Council of ELI took place. 

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, then ELI’s President. Wolfagang Brandsetter stated that 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 Sales Law in the Digital Single MarketEU Administrative LawEuropean Rules of Civil Procedure and the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets.

Friday, 4 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 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 initial 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 to a Members Consultative Committee (MCC) to contribute.

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.




DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning them to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

Also supported by:

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship and education by publishing worldwide.

Eleven International Publishing

Eleven International Publishing is an international academic publisher in the field of social sciences. Eleven's aim is to support the use of social sciences by offering high quality and timely publications, targeted at academics and practitioners.


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.


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.

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.