European Law Society

"If Europe were once united in the sharing of its common inheritance, there would be no limit to the happiness, to the prosperity and glory which its three or four hundred million people would enjoy. ... We must build a kind of United States of Europe. . . . . ."

Winston Churchill, Zurich, I9th September 1946

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The Society exclusively and solely pursues non-profit aims and purposes by supporting the professional training of European lawyers and interested others in the field of European and international law. The Society intends to advance the knowledge and comprehension of European and international law and of the national laws of the countries of origin of its members by organising lectures, issuing essays and comments, organising meetings and conferences, initiating and supporting legal academic work and by supporting the professional interchange of lawyers, particularly by facilitating the co-operation between legal professionals from the countries of its members.
Within this framework the Society can also deal with other legal systems.

The Society is neutral as to any political or confessional orientation.

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  • Individuals as well as legal entities can become members of the European Law Society, as far as they accept the aims and goals of the Society and if they have their domicile or seat or perform their activities within the European Union or in a country which has a connection with the European Union. Individuals should have any kind of legal education.

  • Currently, the annual membership fee is EUR 180.00 (from 01.01.2015).

  • Membership applications are received, examined and adjucated upon by the board. If the board refuses a membership application the subsequent general members' meeting will decide upon written request of the applicant.

  • The membership is terminated by a written declaration of retirement which has to be addressed to the board. In such cases the membership is terminated immediately, however, the retirement does not absolve the retiring member from the payment of the annual membership fee for the current fiscal year.

Become a Member

You are interesting in subscribing and becoming a member of the European Law Society (ELS)? Please fill in the form on the rights side. The board will review your application and, upon approval, appoint a patron. In any case we will revert shortly.

YES, I/we wish to become a member of ELS and, hereby, apply for the membership by submitting the following information.

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The bank account of the Society is

IBAN-No.: DE26701207001001314408
Banking Institution: Oberbank AG

Registration of the Society

The European Law Society ELS is an association of lawyers and legal practitioners according to Swiss Law. It is seated in Zurich (Switzerland).

The Company Register No. of the

European Law Society with the

Zurich Company Register is


The fiscal year of the Society is the calendar year.

Publication of the Registration

The registration of the

European Law Society

has been published in the

Swiss Official Commercial Bulletin

(Schweizerisches Handelsamtsblatt)

No. 47 08.03.2005 11 (2734394)

under the entry

No. LU 100/1331 on March 2, 2005