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The Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) was founded in 1996 by a group of European personal injury lawyers - plaintiffs as well as defendants - practicing in various jurisdictions in Europe. By 1998, we were formally established as a not-for-profit organisation to improve and promote judicial co-operation and mutual knowledge of legal and judicial systems of European jurisdictions in the field of personal injury law.

Currently PEOPIL has 550 members from 27 jurisdictions within the European Union, 11 Non-European Union jurisdictions within Europe and 6 jurisdictions outside Europe. Membership is open to legal professionals (lawyers, judges), academics and law students.

The objectives of the organisation are:

  • To develop co-operation and networking of personal injury lawyers within Europe;
  • To promote access to the legal system for consumers suffering personal injury;
  • To promote higher standards of care and safety for consumers;
  • To promote proper and fair compensation for all personal injury cases;
  • To support and encourage the exchange of information and knowledge.

The development and expansion of PEOPIL is based upon recognition that the issues involved in personal injury litigation frequently extend beyond the national boundaries and require an international perspective and knowledge.

The impact of EC legislation on personal injury law is growing steadily and this creates a need for knowledge of European legislation and a basic understanding of the Member States legislation in this field.