ELFA was founded at a meeting on 15 and 16 December 1995 in Leuven, Belgium.
Eighty European law faculties were present at this meeting and the decision to establish the association was taken by unanimous vote with one abstention. At this meeting, the articles of incorporation were approved. Since then, the articles of incorporation have changed three times: once to prolong the term of office of the Board of Directors, once to give easier access to the association for European law faculties located outside the EU, and once to solve some inconsistencies and the number of members of the Board.
ELFA was formally incorporated as an association under Dutch law, with administrative office in Leuven, Belgium, in the study of notary Van Velten in Amsterdam on Wednesday, August 28, 1996.
Pursuant to article 5 of Articles of Association of ELFA, the objectives of the association are the following:
(1) representation of faculties and schools of legal education and research and the promotion of their interests in the institutions of the European Union in all matters of culture and education in general and legal education and research in particular;
(2) representation of faculties of law and schools of legal education and research and the promotion of their interests in other European and international organizations in the field of
legal education and research and in organizations of the legal profession and professions closely related to the legal professions;
(3) representation of faculties and schools of legal education and research and the promotion of their interests with organizations outside Europe;
(4) the promotion of teaching and research in law, where this cannot be adequately achieved at a national level.
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