ELI is an independent, democratic, membership-based organisation with a broad network of around 1,600 individual Members (ie Individual Fellows and Individual Observers) and over 140 institutional Members (ie Institutional Fellows and Institutional Observers). Its Members are legal professionals, government officials, policy and decision makers and academics. Together, they form a unique European legal community. Members currently come from over 60 different countries in Europe and beyond.

An extensive network of Members, from different legal traditions and vocations stands ELI apart and enriches the discourse on the betterment of European laws.