Individual Members

The European Law Institute (ELI) has over 1,600 Individual Fellows and Individual Observers, reflecting the full diversity of legal communities in Europe and beyond. Our Members are a fundamental part of the Institute, having been so from the ELI’s conception, and are the driving force behind the ELI’s progress.

‘Diversity’ is enshrined in the ELI’s Manifesto and founding Statute. It represents the true spirit of the Institute. Celebrating diversity, by involving a broad range of personalities, reflecting the richness of the legal traditions, legal disciplines and vocational frameworks found throughout Europe, stands the ELI apart. It is what makes our legal community so uniquely vibrant. Equally, the endorsement of ELI projects by this broad constituency adds to the richness and authority of the Institute's substantive work.

To honour the ELI's commitment to diversity, the Membership Committee periodically selects different focal points for Members throughout the year. Applications by other excellent jurists are, as always, highly desirable irrespective of the Committee’s current focus area.


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Current Area of Focus – Vocational

  • Academics
  • Lawyers (Barristers, Solicitors, etc)
  • Judges
  • Government Officials
  • Judicial Officers
  • Notaries
  • Regulators

Current Area of Focus – Geographic

  • Baltic Countries
  • Central and Eastern Europe (in particular Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic)
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Scandinavia
  • Switzerland

We invite our Members to take an active role in the Institute’s work by suggesting topics for projects and collaborating with other Members on accepted initiatives, through Advisory Committees, Members Consultative Committees (MCCs), ELI Hubs or Special Interest Groups (SIGs).


Two Types of Individual Membership


  • Individual Fellows must be natural persons and must actively engage, by their professional, vocational or scholarly activities, in European legal development. They are internationally renowned legal professionals from academia, the judiciary, various legal professions, governments, legislatures and other sectors, who participate in the Institute’s activities on the basis of their personal and professional convictions and without regard to the interests of any clients or stakeholders.
  • The annual membership fee for Individual Fellows is EUR 60 (EUR 75 from 2023 onwards).
  • Sustaining Members pay a total of EUR 120 a year (EUR 175 from 2023 onwards). More information on the Sustaining Membership scheme can be found here.


Individual Observers

  • 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 EUR 60 (EUR 75 from 2023 onwards).
  • Sustaining Members pay a total of EUR 120 a year (EUR 175 from 2023 onwards). More information on the Sustaining Membership scheme can be found here.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the form under ‘Important Links’ on the right electronically. Do take the time to read the ELI Statute before doing so. Should you have difficulties applying or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ELI Secretariat. Note that membership must be supported by two current ELI Fellows.

Membership applications are processed in the beginning of each month (provided a minimum number of applications are received). For your application to be considered at the next round of membership admissions, kindly complete it in full and submit it by the end of the month. The application form will be considered by various ELI bodies and processed within a period of four weeks from the commencement of each month. You will be notified of the outcome of your application as soon as your membership application is processed.

In line with the ELI Statute, each application must be supported by two ELI Fellows who act as referees. Both referees should be added to the Membership application form and will be contacted by the ELI Secretariat in the course of reviewing the application. Alternatively, the referees can express their support for a candidate’s application by sending the ELI Secretariat an email at any time.


Current Sustaining Members

Please note that this section on current Sustaining Members is regularly updated. To view profiles, kindly click on the Members' name. Members that did not wish to publish their photographs and profiles or are yet to hand these in are listed without the same.

Current Individual Members of the ELI

To access a full list of Individual ELI Members, please click the 'ALL' option. Alternatively, clicking on a letter of the alphabet will direct you to all Members whose surnames begin with that letter.

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