European Law Institute - 2022 ELI Young Lawyers Award



Location (s):

  • Online


The ELI Young Lawyers Award was officially launched at the 2016 Annual Conference and General Assembly. The goal of this award is to provide the young European legal community with a mechanism to propose practical suggestions for the improvement of European law, as a way of giving voice to future European legal experts and to help ELI in fulfilling its core mission of improving the quality of European law. The award is supported by ELI and other appropriate participating institutions.


Jury Members

The following Jury Members were selected by the ELI Executive Committee to review the entries of the 2021 and 2022 ELI Young Lawyers Award:

  • Sjef van Erp, Chair of the Jury, Professor emeritus of civil law and European private law at Maastricht University; former ELI Vice-President
  • Weronika Banska, President of the International Board of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA)
  • Walter Doralt, Professor at the University of Graz, former Chair of the ELI Membership Committee
  • Tatjana Josipović, Professor of civil law at the University of Zagreb
  • John North, member of the Executive Committee of Interleges
  • Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell, Professor of commercial law at University Carlos III of Madrid
  • Reinhard Zimmermann, Professor and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Speaker of the ELI Senate

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Applicants must be students enrolled at a university currently undertaking a university law degree, whether undergraduate or postgraduate; or contenders who are within five years of being awarded a law degree at the date by which entries must be submitted.

Candidates must submit a unique and original paper which was not previously published and which deals with a European legal issue that could be improved. Joint submissions, by the means of co-authorship of up to two applicants, are also accepted. The contribution has to be submitted in English. 


Deadline: April 30, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

The awarded candidate(s) will be invited to present their paper in front of the Jury in the course of the ELI Annual Conference.

In addition, the winning contribution will be published on the ELI website and its author(s) will be awarded a EUR 500 cash prize as well as two years of free ELI membership, which will allow them to be involved in Special Interest Groups, present project proposals and participate in the Members Consultative Committees of the different ELI projects.

The ELI and sponsors will further cover their accommodation and travel expenses up to EUR 1.000. This will provide the winner(s) with an opportunity to meet and greet some of the world’s leading law experts and exchange ideas with them.

In the case of a joint submission of co-authors the prize will be split. The co-authors’ travel expenses and accommodation will be covered up to the above-mentioned sum. The cash prize will also be split by two. Both winning contributors will be awarded with a one year free ELI fellowship.

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