EELA is an unincorporated association established under German law. EELA began in 1996. The Law Society of England and Wales received funding from the European commission to organise a conference for practising European Employment Lawyers in Brussels.
The conference took place in Brussels in 1997 and was organised by a scientific committee. This committee was composed of one leading employment law practitioner from each member state of the European union.
Following the conference in Brussels, a further conference was held in London in 1998. At this conference, the Association was formally launched by Cherie Booth QC. Since 1998, the Association has held conferences in many European cities.
The aims of EELA are:
- to bring together practising employment lawyers across the European Union
- to improve the implementation and understanding of the social dimension
- to exchange views on the manner of such implementation
- to strengthen links between EU employment lawyers.